Final Junto this Thurs. & news of lots to do and read

August 26, 2016

NYC Junto NewsletterNYC Junto Newsletter

written by Iris Bell on August 26, 2016

 

Contents

* NEW  Junto meeting Thursday, September 1

* NEW  Junto’s final meeting is September 2016

* NEW  Junto newsletter continues thought Junto meetings end

* NEW  Ayn Rand Meetup, Sunday, August 28, 3:00pm

* NEW  Constitution Day, Saturday, September 17, 3:00pm

* NEW  Atlas Society art contest, Entrepreneur: Risk & Reward

* NEW  Facebook sites related to Ayn Rand and free markets

* NEW  Thanks to this man, airplanes don’t crash into mountains

* NEW  Pamela Geller, hero, by Bosch Fawstin* NEW  David’s Sling: History of democracy in ten works of art

* NEW  David’s Sling: History of democracy in ten works of art

* NEW  Israel’s agricultural deregulation leads to lower prices

* NEW  Cato’s amazing site: DownsizingGovernment.org

* NEW  Cato’s Human Progress site, positive long-term trends

* NEW  Climate Change: What’s so alarming? — 5 minute video

* NEW  Fr33Minds bookseller, individual freedom

* NEW  “Fugitive from Asteron” novel about freedom, LaGreca

* NEW  Children’s book recommended by Rand’s book service

* Fred Cookinham’s five Ayn Rand walking tours

* NEW  Local meetings, sites, podcast: free market & Objectivist

* About Junto and this Junto newsletter

 

NEW____________________

Junto focuses on free markets, Objectivism and investing. It’s a group that shares information, discusses current issues and presents speakers.

 

September 1, 2016, Thursday

Andrew Bernstein

Heroes of Capitalism

and

reading by Fred Cookinham

“The Fountainhead,” the boy on the bicycle

 

Admission free — no reservation necessary

 

We’ll socialize from 7:00pm to 7:30pm

At 7:30pm moderator asks for announcements and for people to introduce themselves.

The speaker begins about 8:00pm.

Junto is not the usual sort of meeting with a long speech followed by Q & A. Junto’s invited speakers give a short presentation and are challenged to defend their assertions. Discussions are intense but polite.

The meeting will continue to 10:00pm or later.

 

General Society Library

20 West 44 Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues, NYC

near the Grand Central Terminal

 

* Junto will end with this meeting, there will be no further Juntos.

* Participation by all attendees is highly encouraged.

* 70 to 150 people attend most Junto meetings.

 

Andrew Bernstein will speak about Heroes of Capitalism.

He  spoke at Junto in January 2015. His subject was Introduction to Objectivism

Visit his site here.

 

He lectures around the U.S. and internationally, on Ayn Rand’s novels “Atlas Shrugged,” “The Fountainhead,” “We The Living” and “Anthem,” and on her revolutionary philosophy for living on earth: Objectivism.

 

His latest book is “Capitalist Solutions: A philosophy of American moral dilemmas.” U.S. government’s pushing the nation toward socialism. Its increasing control of the banking industry, its massive bailouts of auto makers, and its proposal of emissions legislation are examples of the expansion of government power. Learn more about it here.

 

His book, “The Capitalist Manifesto: The historic, economic and philosophic case for laissez-faire” defends capitalism as the most moral and practical social system. It’s written for the professional intellectual or intelligent layman. It makes the case for individual rights and freedom in terms for all rational men. Learn more about it here.

 

“Great Islamic Thinkers vs. Islam,” his article: “During its Golden Age, the Muslim world, in the arts and sciences, conducted a love affair with the Greek method of observation-based rationality; but — because such method applied to life’s most fundamental questions threatened religious beliefs — could not, and, consequently, did not adopt it in philosophy….”  Read all of it here.

 

“Black Innovators and Entrepreneurs Under Capitalism,” in this talk he discusses innovative black Americans who flourished in late 19th- and early 20th-century America, a little-known part of our heritage. He celebrates great minds including the first self-made female millionaire in America; George Washington Carver, who revolutionized agricultural science; and others, who, under the freedom of the capitalist system, triumphed over bigotry. Watch it here.

 

and

 

Fred Cookinham will a read from “The Fountainhead.” It’s referred to as “the boy on the bicycle,” from the beginning of Part Four, Howard Roark, chapter 1. “…show me your achievement — and the knowledge will give me courage for mine.”

 

* Visit Junto’s site for information on past speakers, listen to audio podcasts since May 2014, and read previous newsletters here.

Junto’s founder and host is Victor Niederhoffer. Visit his site here. His Twitter is here.

 

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Feel free to use the above text to promote this Junto among free marketers, Objectivists and investors.

 

 

NEW_____________________

Junto’s final meeting is September 2016

 

For Junto, September 1, 2016, is the end of an era. Junto’s been meeting on the first Thursday of every month since 1985. Victor Niederhoffer, its sponsor, was inspired by the 1727 to 1757 Junto of Ben Franklin in pursuit of knowledge, happiness and self-benefit. He brought together intelligent people to discuss issues respectfully.

 

The Junto site will continue to be online so you can read any of the old newsletters, search for things you’re curious about, or speaker you’d like to know about. Some of the Juntos are in podcasts here, too.

 

Also, you can visit Niederhoffer’s site. He writes that it’s “dedicated to the scientific method, free markets, deflating ballyhoo, creating value and laughter; a forum for us to use our meager abilities to make the world of specinvestments a better place.”

 

His site is filled with comments by him and others, on books, ways of thinking about markets and more, here and his Twitter is here.

 

 

NEW_____________________

Junto newsletter will continue even thought Junto meetings end

 

This newsletter will continue to come out every month. It will offer some of what Junto did, introducing people to ideas about free markets, Objectivism and occasionally investing.

 

The newsletter will continue to list upcoming events in New York and other places. It links to interesting sites, making sure the most important item in the site is in the newsletter. You don’t have to follow the link to learn why it’s featured.

 

I put in some items which have gotten little publicity and others which are about positive actions being taken by individuals and groups. There are reports on doings of Junto speakers. There are surprises in every issue.

 

 

NEW_____________________

Ayn Rand Meetup, Sunday, August 28, 3:00pm

 

As always, we’ll talk about Ayn Rand, her works, challenges, Objectivist life, options, associations and knowledge. Give and take, open to all, no charge, no reservations. It’s on the last Sunday of each month.

 

It’s at The Midtown Restaurant, 155 East 55 Street, between 3rd and Lexington Avenues, mid-block on the north side of 55th Street, in Manhattan, free.

 

There are one to two dozen people at each Meetup. Benny Pollack, Ayn Rand Meetup organizer, says: “Join our group of regular Objectivists for a lively discussion on topics related to Ayn Rand and Objectivist philosophy in general.

 

“Please join us. If you are already versed in the topic, want to learn or just want to spend an intellectually stimulating afternoon, please come. I hope to see you all there.” Get up-to-date information here.

 

 

NEW_____________________

Constitution Day Celebration, Saturday, September 17, 3:00pm

 

3:00pm to 5:00pm, Meetup of NY Objectivists/Celebrating the Philosophy of Ayn Rand

 

Once again the NY Heroes Society will celebrate the U.S. Constitution by reading and discussing the document. This year we’ll also read excerpts from The Federalist Papers, which were essential to the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. The particular Federalist Papers will be announced before the meeting.

 

We’ll gather at the park located just west of the Silver Towers’ Playground near the Tom Otterness sculpture on 42nd Street, between 11th and 12th Avenues. Learn more and sign up here.

 

 

NEW_____________________

Atlas Society art contest, The Entrepreneur: Risk and Reward

 

“Ayn Rand is revered…as an intellectual, a writer, and a philosopher, she was, above all, an artist. She used art to illuminate human potential, to light the path forward, and to lead the way.”

 

Any visual media, by September 30, public voting October 20 to November 23, winner announced December 10. Prizes are the 1st place $5,000, 2nd $2,500 and 3rd $1,000. All of the detail are here.

 

 

NEW_____________________

Facebook groups related to Ayn Rand and free markets

 

New sites keep appearing. Some are open for any one to see all that’s on them. The closed ones ask you to become a member. That takes a simple request. You can sign up to get a notice when there’s a new posting or just visit on occasion.

 

They come in many sizes, from over 8,000 members to under 100. Some have been around for years, others are new. Some have many postings every day while others rarely have any.

 

Objectivist Inventors, Scientists and Engineers and Friends! — here.

For The New Intellectuals — here.

New York Area Objectivists — here.

The Objective Standard, an online and paper publication — here.

Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand — here.

Objectivist movement — here.

The Impact of Aristotle Upon Christian, Islamic, & Jewish Cultures — here.

Ayn Rand friends — here.

Romanticism Watch — here.

Ayn Rand: Voices of Youth — here.

Free Minds — here.

Students For Liberty — here.

Friends Who Like The Ayn Rand Institute — here.

Ayn Rand International — here.

Ayn Rand — here.

A R Group — here.

Capitalism — here.

New York Objectivist Salon — here.

Stop Blaming Capitalism for Socialism’s Failures — here.

 

 

NEW_____________________

Thanks to this man, airplanes don’t crash into mountains anymore

 

Don Bateman’s terrain mapping device has nearly eliminated the largest cause of death in jetliner accidents. There are 45,000 units on aircraft today, worth more than $4 billion.

 

His Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System is required in most commercial planes around the world, dramatically reducing accidents in which perfectly good aircraft with trained crews plowed into the ground or bodies of water, almost always in poor visibility.

 

In the 1960s and 1970s, there was an average of one such fatal accident per month, according to the AviationSafetyNetwork website. It was by far the largest cause of death in jetliner accidents. Read more here.

 

 

NEW_____________________

Pamela Geller, hero, illustration and comment by Bosch Fawstin

 

“Most people don’t say a single word against Islam or Jihad. Most don’t even say a word against ISIS. But some people do so on a daily basis. And VERY few people continue to do so after surviving a jihadist attack. And then there’s Pamela Geller. She survived a jihadist attack, she is specifically named by ISIS in their death threats, and yet she hasn’t missed a beat in writing against this enemy on a daily basis.

 

“She does this, not as if her life depends on it, but because she knows it DOES depend on it. What is life without freedom, without our ability to speak our mind, to tell the truth, to expose evil, to counter bad ideas with good ones?…”

 

Read the rest of his comments and see his drawing of his “comic book superhero version of her” here.

 

 

NEW____________________

David’s Sling: History of democracy in ten works of art

 

In Western history, societies that have made the greatest contributions to the spread of freedom have created art to celebrate it. John Batchelor interviews Victoria Coates about five works of such art among the ten in her book.

 

Her book places into context art created to commemorate successes of free societies, art which exerted political and economic influence far beyond what might have been expected. She’s fuses political and art history around each object and the system that inspired it. Listen to the podcast here.

 

 

NEW_____________________

Israel’s agricultural deregulation leads to lower food prices

 

This February Israel’s finance minister announced that the country would lower tariffs, eliminate central agricultural planning and rescind several food-related regulations.

 

These reforms have already caused lower prices for Israelis. Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies, part of Atlas Network, helped bring about these changes through its studies calling for deregulation. Read more here.

 

 

NEW_____________________

Cato’s amazing site: DownsizingGovernment.org

 

This is a major site with a blog and a sophisticated place to create spending charts for various parts of the U.S. government. It has detailed information on these federal departments: agriculture, commerce, defense, education, energy, health and human services, homeland security, housing and urban development, interior, labor, Social Security, transportation, plus other agencies and programs.

 

It’s Federal Policy Basics section has major articles on: Constitutional basics, spending cut plan, bureaucratic failure, fiscal federalism, congressional failure, central planning, cost overruns, privatization, federal debt, infrastructure investment, federal worker pay, types of federal spending, plus fraud and abuse.

 

Chris Edwards is editor of this site and director of tax policy studies at Cato. Downsizing Government is here.

 

 

NEW_____________________

Cato’s Human Progress site, with positive long-term trends

 

Evidence from academic institutions and international organizations shows dramatic improvements in human well-being, especially striking in the developing world.

 

Unfortunately, there’s often a gap between reality and public perception, including that of policy makers, scholars and intelligent lay persons. Even worse, media emphasizes bad news, ignoring positive long-term trends. Here’s a Washington Times editorial about the site here.

 

This Cato project is useful for research or for anyone who wants to feel better about what’s going on in the world. It deserves more attention. Learn of achievements and challenges in our world here.

 

 

NEW_____________________

Climate Change: What’s so alarming? — 5 minute Prager video

 

Bjorn Lomborg, one of my favorite people on this subject…in 1997 he read economist Julian Simon saying the environment was getting better, not worse. He tried to prove Simon wrong but his research showed him Simon was right. Lomborg wrote about this in his book, “The Skeptical Environmentalist.”

 

Are droughts, hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters stronger and more frequent? Are carbon dioxide emissions, global temperatures and sea levels leading to climate catastrophe? Lomborg breaks down facts, shows why reality may be different from what you hear. This five minute video has over 880,000 views, watch it here.

 

 

NEW_____________________

Fr33Minds bookseller, individual freedom: social and economic

 

Fr33Minds is a service provided by an educational nonprofit. They specialize in books on individual freedom: social and economic. They promote depoliticized markets, civil liberties, equality before the law, social tolerance and individual rights. More information here.

 

 

NEW_____________________

“Fugitive from Asteron” novel about freedom by Gen LaGreca

 

An inspiring tale of first love and high adventure from award-winning author Gen LaGreca. This novel blends a gripping plot with a heroic battle for freedom.

 

In a grim world of tyranny, one man struggles to survive. In a place where life is cheap, he prizes his. Where work is drudgery, he gets the one job he wants. Where passion is extinct, he loves a beautiful woman. Then he loses everything.

 

LaGreca writes novels with innovative plots, strong romance, and themes that celebrate personal freedom and independence. Her previous novels, “Noble Vision” and “A Dream of Daring,” were Amazon Kindle Best Sellers. More about “Fugitive from Asteron” here.

 

 

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Children’s book recommended by Ayn Rand’s book service

 

The book service was part of the Nathaniel Branden Institute, which means there’s reason to think Rand at least looked at the book and OKed it to be sold to Objectivists in the 1960s. Friends reminded me of these adorable books about a rational mouse, Anatole. Look at the series here.

 

Amazon has this: “Anatole is a most honorable mouse. When he realizes that humans are upset by mice sampling their leftovers, he is shocked! He must provide for his beloved family–but he is determined to find a way to earn his supper. And so he heads for the tasting room at the Duvall Cheese Factory. On each cheese, he leaves a small note–“good,” “not so good,” “needs orange peel”–and signs his name.

 

“When workers at the Duvall factory find his notes in the morning, they are perplexed–but they realize that this mysterious Anatole has an exceptional palate and take his advice. Soon Duvall is making the best cheese in all of Paris! They would like to give Anatole a reward–if only they could find him…”

 

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Fred Cookinham’s five Ayn Rand walking tours

 

*Atlas Shrugged, *Ayn Rand’s Park Avenue, *Ayn Rand’s Fifth Avenue, *Skyscrapers of The Fountainhead and *Ayn Rand on Broadway. Private tours $30 per person. Arrange tour, get information, call Fred at home: 718-397-9019, on cell: 917-607-9019, email: fcookinham [at] juno.com His site’s here.

 

NEW_____________________

Free market and Objectivist local meetings, sites and podcasts

 

*** Groups which meet in Manhattan ***

Manhattan Libertarian Party

NYC Ayn Rand Meetup

NY Objectivists/Celebrating the Philosophy of Ayn Rand/NY Heroes

New York Objectivist Salon

 

*** Sites to visit ***

Aristos: An online review of the arts

Atlas Network

The Atlas Society

The Atlasphere

Ayn Rand Institute

Ayn Rand Lexicon

Cato Institute

Center for Industrial Progress

ChoiceMedia.TV

The College of the United States

Forum for Ayn Rand Fans

The Heartland Institute

Independent Institute

Institute for Justice

Liberating Education

Liberty Magazine

Ludwig Von Mises Institute

News Sandwich from Amy Peikoff

The Objective Standard

The Objective Standard’s Blog

Objectivism Online

Powell History

Real Clear Politics

Rebirth of Reason

The Savvy Street

Sense of Life Objectivists

taxPOLItix by Alan J Dlugash

Robert Tracinski at The Federalist

The Tracinski Letter

 

*** Internet podcasts, all free ***

These are mainly weekly “radio” shows you can hear online, on your computer, phone, pad, etc. Listen to shows live or at any time. Most are on iTunes. If you’re listening live, join by commenting or asking questions by phone, email, in a chat room, tweeting, etc.

 

* “The Yaron Brook Show” two shows weekly.

This radical for capitalism discusses news, culture and politics from the perspective of Ayn Rand’s philosophy, Objectivism. Each show ends with suggestions of movies, music and/or novels. Your questions or comments welcome in chat room, tweet or phone. Listen to any show any time, they began January 2015.

Live Saturday, 2:30pm to 4:00pm eastern here.

Live Saturday, on Chicago radio AM560 The Answer and online, 5:00pm to 6:00pm eastern here.

 

* Hillsdale Dialogues, a survey of great books, great men and great ideas. Larry Arnn, president Hillsdale College, on Hugh Hewitt Show. Arnn is a teacher who enjoys teaching and his subjects, he makes learning fun and memorable. On radio in NYC he’s often on Fridays, a short segment during 9:00pm to 10:00pm eastern, on AM970 The Answer. Listen online any time here.

 

* “Don’t let it go…unheard” Amy Peikoff is a radical for capitalism and free speech, hosting a show discussing news, politics, law and culture from the perspective of Ayn Rand’s philosophy Objectivism.

Live Tuesday and Friday, 11:00pm to 1:00am eastern

Listen live or any time here.

 

* “The Peikoff podcasts” Alternate weeks have Leonard Peikoff, philosopher, Ayn Rand’s intellectual heir or Yaron Brook, president Ayn Rand Institute.

Leonard answers questions on Rand’s philosophy Objectivism, human relationships, career, moral issues — not technical philosophy or practical politics. Yaron answers questions on politics, economics, foreign policy. Podcasts are available by topic, single questions, full episodes, here.

 

* “Philosophy in action” Diana Heish Brickell answered questions from listeners, applying rational principles to challenges of real life. There are no new shows but plenty of the old ones to enjoy. Listen any time here.

 

 

About Junto and this Junto newsletter

 

* Our founder, host is Victor Niederhoffer. His site is dedicated to the scientific method, free markets, deflating ballyhoo, creating value and laughter; a forum for us to use our meager abilities to make the world of specinvestments a better place. Visit his site here.

 

* Iris Bell writes this e-newsletter, designs Junto handouts and is a freelance graphic designer. She was Ayn Rand’s and Nathaniel Branden Institute’s graphic designer.

 

* Oleg Atbashian created NYCjunto.com. His own famous site, The People’s Cube, presents important political issues with humor and satire.

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END

written by Iris Bell on August 26, 2016

 

Contents

* NEW  Junto meeting Thursday, September 1

* NEW  Junto’s final meeting is September 2016

* NEW  Junto newsletter continues thought Junto meetings end

* NEW  Ayn Rand Meetup, Sunday, August 28, 3:00pm

* NEW  Constitution Day, Saturday, September 17, 3:00pm

* NEW  Atlas Society art contest, Entrepreneur: Risk & Reward

* NEW  Facebook sites related to Ayn Rand and free markets

* NEW  Thanks to this man, airplanes don’t crash into mountains

* NEW  Pamela Geller, hero, by Bosch Fawstin

* NEW  David’s Sling: History of democracy in ten works of art

* NEW  Israel’s agricultural deregulation leads to lower prices

* NEW  Cato’s amazing site: DownsizingGovernment.org

* NEW  Cato’s Human Progress site, positive long-term trends

* NEW  Climate Change: What’s so alarming? — 5 minute video

* NEW  Fr33Minds bookseller, individual freedom

* NEW  “Fugitive from Asteron” novel about freedom, LaGreca

* NEW  Children’s book recommended by Rand’s book service

* Fred Cookinham’s five Ayn Rand walking tours

* NEW  Local meetings, sites, podcast: free market & Objectivist

* About Junto and this Junto newsletter

 

NEW____________________

Junto focuses on free markets, Objectivism and investing. It’s a group that shares information, discusses current issues and presents speakers.

 

September 1, 2016, Thursday

Andrew Bernstein

Heroes of Capitalism

and

reading by Fred Cookinham

“The Fountainhead,” the boy on the bicycle

 

Admission free — no reservation necessary

 

We’ll socialize from 7:00pm to 7:30pm

At 7:30pm moderator asks for announcements and for people to introduce themselves.

The speaker begins about 8:00pm.

Junto is not the usual sort of meeting with a long speech followed by Q & A. Junto’s invited speakers give a short presentation and are challenged to defend their assertions. Discussions are intense but polite.

The meeting will continue to 10:00pm or later.

 

General Society Library

20 West 44 Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues, NYC

near the Grand Central Terminal

 

* Junto will end with this meeting, there will be no further Juntos.

* Participation by all attendees is highly encouraged.

* 70 to 150 people attend most Junto meetings.

 

Andrew Bernstein will speak about Heroes of Capitalism.

He  spoke at Junto in January 2015. His subject was Introduction to Objectivism

Visit his site here.

 

He lectures around the U.S. and internationally, on Ayn Rand’s novels “Atlas Shrugged,” “The Fountainhead,” “We The Living” and “Anthem,” and on her revolutionary philosophy for living on earth: Objectivism.

 

His latest book is “Capitalist Solutions: A philosophy of American moral dilemmas.” U.S. government’s pushing the nation toward socialism. Its increasing control of the banking industry, its massive bailouts of auto makers, and its proposal of emissions legislation are examples of the expansion of government power. Learn more about it here.

 

His book, “The Capitalist Manifesto: The historic, economic and philosophic case for laissez-faire” defends capitalism as the most moral and practical social system. It’s written for the professional intellectual or intelligent layman. It makes the case for individual rights and freedom in terms for all rational men. Learn more about it here.

 

“Great Islamic Thinkers vs. Islam,” his article: “During its Golden Age, the Muslim world, in the arts and sciences, conducted a love affair with the Greek method of observation-based rationality; but — because such method applied to life’s most fundamental questions threatened religious beliefs — could not, and, consequently, did not adopt it in philosophy….”  Read all of it here.

 

“Black Innovators and Entrepreneurs Under Capitalism,” in this talk he discusses innovative black Americans who flourished in late 19th- and early 20th-century America, a little-known part of our heritage. He celebrates great minds including the first self-made female millionaire in America; George Washington Carver, who revolutionized agricultural science; and others, who, under the freedom of the capitalist system, triumphed over bigotry. Watch it here.

 

and

 

Fred Cookinham will a read from “The Fountainhead.” It’s referred to as “the boy on the bicycle,” from the beginning of Part Four, Howard Roark, chapter 1. “…show me your achievement — and the knowledge will give me courage for mine.”

 

* Visit Junto’s site for information on past speakers, listen to audio podcasts since May 2014, and read previous newsletters here.

Junto’s founder and host is Victor Niederhoffer. Visit his site here. His Twitter is here.

 

**************************************************

Feel free to use the above text to promote this Junto among free marketers, Objectivists and investors.

 

 

NEW_____________________

Junto’s final meeting is September 2016

 

For Junto, September 1, 2016, is the end of an era. Junto’s been meeting on the first Thursday of every month since 1985. Victor Niederhoffer, its sponsor, was inspired by the 1727 to 1757 Junto of Ben Franklin in pursuit of knowledge, happiness and self-benefit. He brought together intelligent people to discuss issues respectfully.

 

The Junto site will continue to be online so you can read any of the old newsletters, search for things you’re curious about, or speaker you’d like to know about. Some of the Juntos are in podcasts here, too.

 

Also, you can visit Niederhoffer’s site. He writes that it’s “dedicated to the scientific method, free markets, deflating ballyhoo, creating value and laughter; a forum for us to use our meager abilities to make the world of specinvestments a better place.”

 

His site is filled with comments by him and others, on books, ways of thinking about markets and more, here and his Twitter is here.

 

 

NEW_____________________

Junto newsletter will continue even thought Junto meetings end

 

This newsletter will continue to come out every month. It will offer some of what Junto did, introducing people to ideas about free markets, Objectivism and occasionally investing.

 

The newsletter will continue to list upcoming events in New York and other places. It links to interesting sites, making sure the most important item in the site is in the newsletter. You don’t have to follow the link to learn why it’s featured.

 

I put in some items which have gotten little publicity and others which are about positive actions being taken by individuals and groups. There are reports on doings of Junto speakers. There are surprises in every issue.

 

 

NEW_____________________

Ayn Rand Meetup, Sunday, August 28, 3:00pm

 

As always, we’ll talk about Ayn Rand, her works, challenges, Objectivist life, options, associations and knowledge. Give and take, open to all, no charge, no reservations. It’s on the last Sunday of each month.

 

It’s at The Midtown Restaurant, 155 East 55 Street, between 3rd and Lexington Avenues, mid-block on the north side of 55th Street, in Manhattan, free.

 

There are one to two dozen people at each Meetup. Benny Pollack, Ayn Rand Meetup organizer, says: “Join our group of regular Objectivists for a lively discussion on topics related to Ayn Rand and Objectivist philosophy in general.

 

“Please join us. If you are already versed in the topic, want to learn or just want to spend an intellectually stimulating afternoon, please come. I hope to see you all there.” Get up-to-date information here.

 

 

NEW_____________________

Constitution Day Celebration, Saturday, September 17, 3:00pm

 

3:00pm to 5:00pm, Meetup of NY Objectivists/Celebrating the Philosophy of Ayn Rand

 

Once again the NY Heroes Society will celebrate the U.S. Constitution by reading and discussing the document. This year we’ll also read excerpts from The Federalist Papers, which were essential to the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. The particular Federalist Papers will be announced before the meeting.

 

We’ll gather at the park located just west of the Silver Towers’ Playground near the Tom Otterness sculpture on 42nd Street, between 11th and 12th Avenues. Learn more and sign up here.

 

 

NEW_____________________

Atlas Society art contest, The Entrepreneur: Risk and Reward

 

“Ayn Rand is revered…as an intellectual, a writer, and a philosopher, she was, above all, an artist. She used art to illuminate human potential, to light the path forward, and to lead the way.”

 

Any visual media, by September 30, public voting October 20 to November 23, winner announced December 10. Prizes are the 1st place $5,000, 2nd $2,500 and 3rd $1,000. All of the detail are here.

 

 

NEW_____________________

Facebook groups related to Ayn Rand and free markets

 

New sites keep appearing. Some are open for any one to see all that’s on them. The closed ones ask you to become a member. That takes a simple request. You can sign up to get a notice when there’s a new posting or just visit on occasion.

 

They come in many sizes, from over 8,000 members to under 100. Some have been around for years, others are new. Some have many postings every day while others rarely have any.

 

Objectivist Inventors, Scientists and Engineers and Friends! — here.

For The New Intellectuals — here.

New York Area Objectivists — here.

The Objective Standard, an online and paper publication — here.

Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand — here.

Objectivist movement — here.

The Impact of Aristotle Upon Christian, Islamic, & Jewish Cultures — here.

Ayn Rand friends — here.

Romanticism Watch — here.

Ayn Rand: Voices of Youth — here.

Free Minds — here.

Students For Liberty — here.

Friends Who Like The Ayn Rand Institute — here.

Ayn Rand International — here.

Ayn Rand — here.

A R Group — here.

Capitalism — here.

New York Objectivist Salon — here.

Stop Blaming Capitalism for Socialism’s Failures — here.

 

 

NEW_____________________

Thanks to this man, airplanes don’t crash into mountains anymore

 

Don Bateman’s terrain mapping device has nearly eliminated the largest cause of death in jetliner accidents. There are 45,000 units on aircraft today, worth more than $4 billion.

 

His Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System is required in most commercial planes around the world, dramatically reducing accidents in which perfectly good aircraft with trained crews plowed into the ground or bodies of water, almost always in poor visibility.

 

In the 1960s and 1970s, there was an average of one such fatal accident per month, according to the AviationSafetyNetwork website. It was by far the largest cause of death in jetliner accidents. Read more here.

 

 

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Pamela Geller, hero, illustration and comment by Bosch Fawstin

 

“Most people don’t say a single word against Islam or Jihad. Most don’t even say a word against ISIS. But some people do so on a daily basis. And VERY few people continue to do so after surviving a jihadist attack. And then there’s Pamela Geller. She survived a jihadist attack, she is specifically named by ISIS in their death threats, and yet she hasn’t missed a beat in writing against this enemy on a daily basis.

 

“She does this, not as if her life depends on it, but because she knows it DOES depend on it. What is life without freedom, without our ability to speak our mind, to tell the truth, to expose evil, to counter bad ideas with good ones?…”

 

Read the rest of his comments and see his drawing of his “comic book superhero version of her” here.

 

 

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David’s Sling: History of democracy in ten works of art

 

In Western history, societies that have made the greatest contributions to the spread of freedom have created art to celebrate it. John Batchelor interviews Victoria Coates about five works of such art among the ten in her book.

 

Her book places into context art created to commemorate successes of free societies, art which exerted political and economic influence far beyond what might have been expected. She’s fuses political and art history around each object and the system that inspired it. Listen to the podcast here.

 

 

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Israel’s agricultural deregulation leads to lower food prices

 

This February Israel’s finance minister announced that the country would lower tariffs, eliminate central agricultural planning and rescind several food-related regulations.

 

These reforms have already caused lower prices for Israelis. Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies, part of Atlas Network, helped bring about these changes through its studies calling for deregulation. Read more here.

 

 

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Cato’s amazing site: DownsizingGovernment.org

 

This is a major site with a blog and a sophisticated place to create spending charts for various parts of the U.S. government. It has detailed information on these federal departments: agriculture, commerce, defense, education, energy, health and human services, homeland security, housing and urban development, interior, labor, Social Security, transportation, plus other agencies and programs.

 

It’s Federal Policy Basics section has major articles on: Constitutional basics, spending cut plan, bureaucratic failure, fiscal federalism, congressional failure, central planning, cost overruns, privatization, federal debt, infrastructure investment, federal worker pay, types of federal spending, plus fraud and abuse.

 

Chris Edwards is editor of this site and director of tax policy studies at Cato. Downsizing Government is here.

 

 

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Cato’s Human Progress site, with positive long-term trends

 

Evidence from academic institutions and international organizations shows dramatic improvements in human well-being, especially striking in the developing world.

 

Unfortunately, there’s often a gap between reality and public perception, including that of policy makers, scholars and intelligent lay persons. Even worse, media emphasizes bad news, ignoring positive long-term trends. Here’s a Washington Times editorial about the site here.

 

This Cato project is useful for research or for anyone who wants to feel better about what’s going on in the world. It deserves more attention. Learn of achievements and challenges in our world here.

 

 

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Climate Change: What’s so alarming? — 5 minute Prager video

 

Bjorn Lomborg, one of my favorite people on this subject…in 1997 he read economist Julian Simon saying the environment was getting better, not worse. He tried to prove Simon wrong but his research showed him Simon was right. Lomborg wrote about this in his book, “The Skeptical Environmentalist.”

 

Are droughts, hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters stronger and more frequent? Are carbon dioxide emissions, global temperatures and sea levels leading to climate catastrophe? Lomborg breaks down facts, shows why reality may be different from what you hear. This five minute video has over 880,000 views, watch it here.

 

 

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Fr33Minds bookseller, individual freedom: social and economic

 

Fr33Minds is a service provided by an educational nonprofit. They specialize in books on individual freedom: social and economic. They promote depoliticized markets, civil liberties, equality before the law, social tolerance and individual rights. More information here.

 

 

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“Fugitive from Asteron” novel about freedom by Gen LaGreca

 

An inspiring tale of first love and high adventure from award-winning author Gen LaGreca. This novel blends a gripping plot with a heroic battle for freedom.

 

In a grim world of tyranny, one man struggles to survive. In a place where life is cheap, he prizes his. Where work is drudgery, he gets the one job he wants. Where passion is extinct, he loves a beautiful woman. Then he loses everything.

 

LaGreca writes novels with innovative plots, strong romance, and themes that celebrate personal freedom and independence. Her previous novels, “Noble Vision” and “A Dream of Daring,” were Amazon Kindle Best Sellers. More about “Fugitive from Asteron” here.

 

 

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Children’s book recommended by Ayn Rand’s book service

 

The book service was part of the Nathaniel Branden Institute, which means there’s reason to think Rand at least looked at the book and OKed it to be sold to Objectivists in the 1960s. Friends reminded me of these adorable books about a rational mouse, Anatole. Look at the series here.

 

Amazon has this: “Anatole is a most honorable mouse. When he realizes that humans are upset by mice sampling their leftovers, he is shocked! He must provide for his beloved family–but he is determined to find a way to earn his supper. And so he heads for the tasting room at the Duvall Cheese Factory. On each cheese, he leaves a small note–“good,” “not so good,” “needs orange peel”–and signs his name.

 

“When workers at the Duvall factory find his notes in the morning, they are perplexed–but they realize that this mysterious Anatole has an exceptional palate and take his advice. Soon Duvall is making the best cheese in all of Paris! They would like to give Anatole a reward–if only they could find him…”

 

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Fred Cookinham’s five Ayn Rand walking tours

 

*Atlas Shrugged, *Ayn Rand’s Park Avenue, *Ayn Rand’s Fifth Avenue, *Skyscrapers of The Fountainhead and *Ayn Rand on Broadway. Private tours $30 per person. Arrange tour, get information, call Fred at home: 718-397-9019, on cell: 917-607-9019, email: fcookinham [at] juno.com His site’s here.

 

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Free market and Objectivist local meetings, sites and podcasts

 

*** Groups which meet in Manhattan ***

Manhattan Libertarian Party

NYC Ayn Rand Meetup

NY Objectivists/Celebrating the Philosophy of Ayn Rand/NY Heroes

New York Objectivist Salon

 

*** Sites to visit ***

Aristos: An online review of the arts

Atlas Network

The Atlas Society

The Atlasphere

Ayn Rand Institute

Ayn Rand Lexicon

Cato Institute

Center for Industrial Progress

ChoiceMedia.TV

The College of the United States

Forum for Ayn Rand Fans

The Heartland Institute

Independent Institute

Institute for Justice

Liberating Education

Liberty Magazine

Ludwig Von Mises Institute

News Sandwich from Amy Peikoff

The Objective Standard

The Objective Standard’s Blog

Objectivism Online

Powell History

Real Clear Politics

Rebirth of Reason

The Savvy Street

Sense of Life Objectivists

taxPOLItix by Alan J Dlugash

Robert Tracinski at The Federalist

The Tracinski Letter

 

*** Internet podcasts, all free ***

These are mainly weekly “radio” shows you can hear online, on your computer, phone, pad, etc. Listen to shows live or at any time. Most are on iTunes. If you’re listening live, join by commenting or asking questions by phone, email, in a chat room, tweeting, etc.

 

* “The Yaron Brook Show” two shows weekly.

This radical for capitalism discusses news, culture and politics from the perspective of Ayn Rand’s philosophy, Objectivism. Each show ends with suggestions of movies, music and/or novels. Your questions or comments welcome in chat room, tweet or phone. Listen to any show any time, they began January 2015.

Live Saturday, 2:30pm to 4:00pm eastern here.

Live Saturday, on Chicago radio AM560 The Answer and online, 5:00pm to 6:00pm eastern here.

 

* Hillsdale Dialogues, a survey of great books, great men and great ideas. Larry Arnn, president Hillsdale College, on Hugh Hewitt Show. Arnn is a teacher who enjoys teaching and his subjects, he makes learning fun and memorable. On radio in NYC he’s often on Fridays, a short segment during 9:00pm to 10:00pm eastern, on AM970 The Answer. Listen online any time here.

 

* “Don’t let it go…unheard” Amy Peikoff is a radical for capitalism and free speech, hosting a show discussing news, politics, law and culture from the perspective of Ayn Rand’s philosophy Objectivism.

Live Tuesday and Friday, 11:00pm to 1:00am eastern

Listen live or any time here.

 

* “The Peikoff podcasts” Alternate weeks have Leonard Peikoff, philosopher, Ayn Rand’s intellectual heir or Yaron Brook, president Ayn Rand Institute.

Leonard answers questions on Rand’s philosophy Objectivism, human relationships, career, moral issues — not technical philosophy or practical politics. Yaron answers questions on politics, economics, foreign policy. Podcasts are available by topic, single questions, full episodes, here.

 

* “Philosophy in action” Diana Heish Brickell answered questions from listeners, applying rational principles to challenges of real life. There are no new shows but plenty of the old ones to enjoy. Listen any time here.

 

 

About Junto and this Junto newsletter

 

* Our founder, host is Victor Niederhoffer. His site is dedicated to the scientific method, free markets, deflating ballyhoo, creating value and laughter; a forum for us to use our meager abilities to make the world of specinvestments a better place. Visit his site here.

 

* Iris Bell writes this e-newsletter, designs Junto handouts and is a freelance graphic designer. She was Ayn Rand’s and Nathaniel Branden Institute’s graphic designer.

 

* Oleg Atbashian created NYCjunto.com. His own famous site, The People’s Cube, presents important political issues with humor and satire.

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