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March 5, 2017

NYC Junto Newsletter

A free monthly written by Iris Bell, February 28, 2017

Contents at a glance

Calendar of events, NYC and more

  • A World of Emotions, Ancient Greece, March 9 — June 24,
  • Ayn Rand’s “Virtue of Selfishness” Workshop, Wed., March 15
  • Ayn Rand Meetup, Sunday, March 25, 3:00pm
  • Wall St. History + Comparing Aristotle & Rand, Sat., April 1
  • Tour of Independence Hall, Saturday, April 15
  • Liberty Forum and Freedom Dinner, November 7 and 8

Featured — a publication for classic arts

  • Epoch Times: Arts & Style worth reading in weekly
  • Epoch Times: Most performed living composer…music to enjoy

Featured — Human flourishing movement

  • Epstein’s Human Flourishing Project wants links to articles
  • “How to Talk to Anyone About Energy” Epstein’s video course
  • Learn to double your influence in 2 hours or less, FREE
  • Fun exercise, tough questions about climate, Alex’s answers
  • Using nervousness when speaking, by Alex Epstein

Items of interest

  • Mike Rowe podcasts “The Way I Heard It” every Tuesday
  • Socialism, not oil, is the cause of Venezuela’s problems
  • Open immigration by Craig Biddle in Objective Standard
  • The U.S. founding by Richard Salsman, in Reason Papers
  • Economic nationalism of Trump
  • Ayn Rand’s mastery of invective, by Walter Donway
  • The Classicist with Victor Davis Hanson, weekly podcast
  • Amazing radio, The John Batchelor Show, 7 nights a week
  • Employment agency for liberty organizations, Talent Market
  • Intelligence and joy, 8-1/2 minutes with Dr. Larry Arnn
  • Five Ayn Rand walking tours in NYC, by Fred Cookinham
  • Local meetings and sites: free market and Objectivist
  • Facts about this Junto newsletter and Junto


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The purpose of this newsletter, by Iris Bell, is to let you know about item related to achievements, free markets, education and Romantic arts…with an emphasis on Objectivism and the human flourishing movement.

The most important part of each item is here, with a link for more information. There are surprises in every issue, great items which are getting little notice.

To subscribe to this newsletter put “Junto list” in the subject line, email your name and preferred email address to: info@NYCjunto.org


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


Calendar of events, NYC and more


A World of Emotions, Ancient Greece, March 9 – June 24

Museum exhibit of art and objects from 700 BC to 200 AD, Monday through Saturday 10:00am to 6:00pm, Thursday until 9:00pm. Free guided tours every Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 1:00pm. Admission and guided tours are FREE. Onassis Cultural Center NY, enter 51st or 52nd Streets between Fifth and Madison Avenues.

Every historical event is directly or indirectly related to emotion — from war to financial crisis, every text that might fall into the hands of a historian, from a song and a court speech to a letter and a recipe, almost every object of material culture, from the Parthenon and a victory monument.

This exhibit brings to life the emotions of the people of ancient Greece and prompts questions about how we express, control, manipulate or simulate feelings in our own society. Exhibition curator is Angelos Chaniotis, professor ancient history and Classics Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ. Ancient masterpieces are on loan from renowned museums in Greece, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, United Kingdom, U.S. and the Vatican. Learn more and see some lovely items here. s


Ayn Rand’s “Virtue of Selfishness” Workshop, Wed., March 15

NY Objectivists Meetup, 7:00pm to 9:15pm, Marymount Manhattan College, 221 East 71 Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, room 505, cost $10

Philosophy professor and Aristotle scholar Carrie-Ann Biondi leads this workshop on Ayn Rand’s rational ethical egoism. We’re working through chapters from Rand’s “The Virtue of Selfishness.” Carrie-Ann will demonstrate similarities and differences with Aristotle’s ethics when possible. She’ll provide excerpts on Aristotle and Egoism from Joe Sachs translation of “Nicomachean Ethics” to study before some workshop.

In this sixth session we’ll discuss Chapter 10 “Collectivized Ethics” and Chapter 17 “Racism.” Learn more and register here.


Ayn Rand Meetup, Sunday, March 25, 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.

At The Midtown Restaurant, 155 East 55 Street, between 3rd and Lexington Avenues, mid-block, north side of 55 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 there.” Learn more here.


Wall St. History + Comparing Aristotle & Rand, Sat., April 1

NY Objectivists Meetup, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Saturday, Bridge House Restaurant, 49 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford, CT with luncheon, $19 per person.

These are talks will be presented after lunch: “The Heroic History of Wall Street” by Robert Begley and “A Comparative Analysis of Aristotle and Ayn Rand” by Carrie-Ann Biondi. Learn more and register here.


Tour of Independence Hall, Saturday, April 15

NY Objectivists Meetup, noon to 4:00pm, 5th Street and Chestnut Avenue, Philadelphia. “Celebrate Independence on Income Tax Day!” Steve Plafker’s tour of Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Congress Hall, Franklin Court, Second Bank of U.S., Benjamin Franklin Museum and if group’s wants, the Mint.

Plafker’s a retired LA County Deputy District Attorney and founding member of The Association for Objective Law. Refreshments at a food court. Arrive by bus, train or car. Learn more here.


Liberty Forum and Freedom Dinner, November 7 and 8

International event of the year, tickets begin at $300. $1,000 Atlas Club VIP ticket add exclusive Atlas Club Briefing, VIP reception before Dinner plus Club benefits.

Crowne Plaza Times Square Hotel, NYC * Lecture by Professor Peter J. Boettke, professor economics and philosophy George Mason University * Atlas Leadership Academy’s Think Tank Shark Tank $25,000 competition * $100,000 Templeton Freedom Award announced * Speed Networking session * Liberty! Film Festival * John Blundell Elevator Pitch Competition freedom pitches. Learn more here.


Featured — a publication for classic arts


Epoch Times: Arts & Style worth reading in weekly paper

Epoch Times has sections for news, health, food and art & style. All the sections are good but the arts section is most needed. When I look at other arts sections I think there might be something there for me. But I’m often repulsed by what’s presented as art. In Epoch Times’ Arts & Style section I always find beauty and grace. This is from a typical Arts article, about violinist composer Michelle Ross:

…When she composes, she does so as a resident artist in the Eleventh Street Arts gallery, adjacent to a workspace shared by painters and sculptors who have broken from the norm by creating representational art in the traditional style. “There’s a sense of almost an electric energy, with everyone working together and trying to lift each other up.”

Ross said….It was a relief to find so many contemporary artists who are looking to the past and dedicating their lives to perfecting their craft, to attaining something ideal, just as classical musicians have done by playing Bach for hundreds of years.

“We’re all modern, contemporary, living, breathing artists…to acknowledge that this is classical in the sense of the tradition and the amount of depth that goes into learning the craft…” Read the rest of this article here and read any issue of Epoch Times here.


Epoch Times: Most performed living composer…music to enjoy

This is typical of the items in Epoch Times: Jenkins’s music is considered by some to be too popular to be classical, and he’s just fine with that. Jenkins wants to write music that, first of all, pleases him, and is something that others can enjoy. Beyond that, he tends to resist categorization.

“I write pretty accessible, tuneful music,” Jenkins said. “…to make an emotional connection. Song can move people.” He writes memorable melodies to create an emotive effect. Read about him here and listen to him here.


Featured — Human flourishing movement


Alex Epstein’s Human Flourishing Project wants links to articles

Alex is the president of the Center for Industrial Progress and is developing his Human Flourishing Project. You can help him, he wants to get articles which have unusual clarity, such as explaining the *science* of any aspect of human flourishing and also ones telling *stories* of heroes who advance human flourishing. Please email links recommending such articles to him here: alex@alexepstein.com


“How to Talk to Anyone About Energy,” Epstein’s video course

Here are some of opening parts of this online e-course:

  • Rules of discussion–The rules of constructive discussion and how to enforce them
  • Energy issues–Why discussing energy and environmental issues seems so hard…even though it isn’t
  • Being persuasive–Don’t try to convince–share how you became convinced
  • Achieving clarity–Learn exactly how to upgrade your understanding and clarity

This course gives you unlimited access to all six modules, several free resources and over 200 downloadable resources. It’s over 48 hours of amazing video content designed to teach you.


Alex Epstein, president Center for Industrial Progress, is the author of NY Times bestseller “The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels,” one of the most persuasive energy books. This course draws on his thousands of one-on-one interactions, with everyone from college students to environmentalist protestors to thought leaders. This course will help you influence others. This video course is $75, though it seems to be on sale now for $27 here.


Learn to double your positive influence in 2 hours or less, FREE

Alex Epstein’s FREE e-book gives you the “secret weapon” of becoming more persuasive than ever. These are the tactics and strategies that leaders and industry influencers use, giving you training from top coaches. Become more thought-provoking, motivating, inspirational, educational and persuasive than ever. Get it here.

One of the things you’ll learn is to use opinion stories. Let Alex know how they work for you by @mentioning him on Twitter — he’s on every day: @AlexEpstein — http://twitter.com/alexepstein. Or email him directly here. alex@alexepstein.com


Fun exercise, tough questions about climate with Alex’s answers

“Last year at CERAWeek I [Alex Epstein] sat down with TV host Aaron Harber for what I can only describe as an interrogation (a friendly interrogation). He asked the toughest questions he could–and there were some good ones–and I answered in rapid-fire style. It was a lot of fun.

If you want a fun exercise, pause the video after each question and think of your own answer. Then see how our approaches compare, here.


Using of nervousness when speaking, by Alex Epstein

“When I was a teenager I got cripplingly nervous when public speaking. My greatest goal in speaking was to not get nervous….In college, I decided that I wanted to make my living off ideas so I committed to repeatedly public speaking until I was comfortable onstage. Once I got comfortable onstage I realized this didn’t really matter unless the audience members enjoyed themselves.

“Once I could get the audience members to enjoy themselves I realized this didn’t really matter unless the audience *retained* something. Once I could get the audience to retain something I realized this wasn’t all that valuable unless I could get them to *act* on it. Now the challenge is to hold myself to these standards–enjoyment, retention, action–every time. And guess what one of the most helpful tools in doing that is? Nervousness.

“…When I get nervous it means that I really care about the outcome and recognize that the outcome is not guaranteed…” He’s has gone from speaking to an audience of about 3 people to 5,000. He says “Nervous is just really about ‘are you confident you can do the job?’ and how important do you think the job is….It’s important I get nervous.”


Items of interest


The U.S. founding by Richard Salsman, in Reason Papers

Carrie-Ann Biondi and Shawn Klein are pleased to announce the online publication of the newest issue of Reason Papers, volume 38, number 2, Winter 2016. Andrew Jason Cohen’s book “Toleration,” has separate reviews by Emily M. Crookston and David Kelley plus a response to them by the author.

The U.S. Founding: Washington’s Allies and Opponents: Review Essay of John Ferling’s “Jefferson and Hamilton, Stephen Knott and Tony Williams’s “Washington and Hamilton,” Thomas Fleming’s “The Great Divide,” and Carson Holloway’s “Hamilton versus Jefferson in the Washington Administration,” by Richard M. Salsman

Review Essay: “The Politics of Defeat: A Tribute to Sadik al-Azm’s Self-Criticism after the Defeat” by Kanan Makiya.

Review Essay: Timur Kuran’s “The Long Divergence: How Islamic Law Held Back the Middle East” by Salim Rashid.

Read any previous issue in the Archives page, just scroll down and click link to see an entire an issue or a specific article. Read the latest issue here.


Mike Rowe podcasts “The Way I Heard It” every Tuesday

The “Dirty Jobs” guy tells his short mysteries for the curious mind, each with a twist. They’re about people and events from pop culture to politics, Hollywood to history. If you miss Paul Harvey’s “The Rest of the Story,” try these. New and past episodes here.


Socialism, not oil, is the cause of Venezuela’s problems

By Benjamin Powell of ZeroHedge.com. Many believe Venezuela’s policies created a successful economy prior to the collapse in oil prices. The truth is that their socialist policies held back its economy during the oil boom and are the direct cause of its economic collapse today. Read more here.


Open immigration by Craig Biddle in Objective Standard

“Open immigration does not mean that anyone may enter the country at any location or in any manner he chooses; it is not unchecked or unmonitored immigration. Nor does it mean that anyone who immigrates to America should be eligible for U.S. citizenship — the proper requirements of which are a separate matter. Open immigration means that anyone is free to enter and reside in America — providing that he enters at a designated checkpoint and passes an objective screening process, the purpose of which is to keep out criminals, enemies of America, and people with certain kinds of contagious diseases.” Read more here.


Economic nationalism, also regulation reduction of Trump

by Richard M. Ebeling. Learn what “Make America great again” means to Trump and Bannon. I didn’t know what Bannon was about. Now it’s clear why Trump does some things and not others.

This article has a 1937 description by a Swiss free market economist: “Nationalism, then, is the doctrine which places the nation at the top of the scale of political values, that is above three rival values of the individual, of regional units and the international community. If we wish to define economic nationalism by its underlying purpose, we should say that it as a doctrine destined to serve the nation by making it not richer, but freer, by promoting not its material welfare, but its independence of foreign influences. Economic nationalism is the policy of national self-sufficiency…”

Although this article says they want to make the nation “freer,” they aren’t interested in making the individual freer. They want the nation is to be “free” of “foreign influences.” Read it all here.

On the good side there’s this from Robert Tracinsky: Bannon named one of the other goals as the “deconstruction of the administrative state,” reining in the unchecked power of the regulatory agencies….That would count, not just as a restoration of the original American system of separation of powers, but even more remarkably as the executive branch reining in its own powers. Read all of it here.


Ayn Rand’s mastery of invective, by Walter Donway

“So powerful was Ayn Rand’s art of giving a name or label to what had been nameless, that for decades thousands of her students have made the terms part of their vocabulary of thought and teaching–and some terms are now widely used outside of Objectivism….

“Ayn Rand seldom aimed invective at individuals; her genius was to identify and name a pattern of thought (usually as displayed in writing)–the ‘anti-conceptual mentality’–an ideology–‘The Fascist New Frontier,’ the anti-industrial revolution–argumentation–‘The Art of Smearing’–the character of a policy–‘Anti-Trust: The Rule of Unreason’–the nature of a principle–racism as barnyard collectivism’–a relationship–‘The Pull Peddlers’–or the state of a country–‘Our Cultural Bankruptcy.’

“Ayn Rand formed concept after concept to enable us to think in new ways about the world, to reason, argue, and integrate areas of thought….To accurately name an as-yet-unidentified aspect of that battle can be powerful…To make a new conceptual identification that is urgently needed, but which no one has pinned down as yet with a name, is a remarkable achievement…” All of this article is here.

Walter Donway’s most recent book “Not Half Free: The myth that America is Capitalist” has essays probing seldom-identified ideas and hidden mechanics the underlie encroaching government control and a remorseless degradation of liberty. See the book here.


Trump’s Inauguration Day, a Ricochet podcast

Ricochet’s panel reflects all sides of the new administration — Mona Charen and Jay Nordlinger, with a dash of Victor Davis Hanson thrown in for flavoring. A bracing conversation that gets into the election and what may lie ahead. Ricochet.com is a leading place for civil discussion of the center-right and beyond, listen here.


The Classicist with Victor Davis Hanson, weekly podcast

Hanson is an American military historian, scholar of ancient warfare, columnist, writer, former classics professor and farmer. From Ricochet: Tune in each week to hear Hanson’s unique perspective on the issues of the day. He covers subjects such as “Diagnosing the Democrats,” “Is Trumpism Sustainable?” and “What Kind of Threat Is Russia?” Listen here.


Amazing radio, The John Batchelor Show, 7 nights a week

Batchelor is a skilled host, worth listening to just to enjoy the way he conducts his show–for both style and content. It’s a chance to visit with a group of scholars and journalists who all love learning. They’re experts in different areas. All are happy, enthusiastic people, who enjoy sharing their knowledge and learning new things from each other. The show focusses on geopolitics, economics, war-fighting, history, hard sciences, literature, private space, whimsy, etc.

Recently there was a sudden White House announcement. Within 5 minutes Batchelor had three people on the phone to discuss it with him. One had written a book related to it, another had worked in several White Houses so had lived this type of situation and the third had specialized knowledge related in a different way.

Co-hosts and guests include many investigative journalists and historians. These are some recent guests: Larry Kudlow, CNBC, senior presidential advisor; Richard A. Epstein law professor; Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to President national security advisory staff; Steve Moore, Heritage and CNN; Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution; Aaron Klein, Jerusalem bureau chief WorldNetDaily; John Fund, Bret Stephens, Dan Henninger, Rob Pollock, Kim Strassel of Wall Street Journal; Jim McTague of Barron’s Magazine; David Grinspoon resident expert on the planet Mars and outer space.

The show features reports from journalists, often two or three sharing a segment but they never talk over one another. Some are in studio others may be in Hong Kong, Germany, Casablanca or anywhere else in the world. Segments are preceded by cleverly chosen music, usually classical. The show covers many topics each night, such as politics, the war on terror, Israel and the Middle East, nuclear proliferation, the UN, African civil wars, American history, space exploration and even Hollywood scandals.

To report on breaking news Batchelor and a small staff travel across the U.S., Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, France, Poland and Taiwan. The Saturday show focuses more on authors of history books. Robert Zimmerman of BehindTheBlack.com frequently comes on to talk about NASA and the space program, pointing out how much better private space is than government.

Batchelor has read the book of every author he’s interviewed. He’s made careful notes, asking carefully formulated questions which help the author cover every important area in their book. Each question is timed so the answer will be complete as the commercials comes on. Everything of importance is covered before the segment ends. Author’s clearly enjoy this intelligent atmosphere. Batchelor is fun to listen to just for his skill directing and timing each interview.

In this example Batchelor interviews the author of a book on the history and importance of paper, part 1 here and part 2 here.

Batchelor’s on radio 7 nights a week, from 9:00pm to 1:00am. He’s on NYC radio on 770 WABC-AM and syndicated on about 200 stations. Podcasts of all his shows, at anytime, are here.


An employment agency for liberty organizations, Talent Market

“Bringing talent and liberty together to make the world a better place.” Visit their site here.

Some current openings: * Communications director for Goldwater Institute, Phoenix or virtual office * VP development for Atlas Network, D.C. * Executive director for Heartland Institute, IL * VP, senior fellow for Free State Foundation, MD. They do mid and senior level searches.

For other levels they recommend checking these for jobs and internships at: * Heritage Foundation Job Bank, * America’s Future Foundation Career Center, * Learn Liberty, Project of the Institute for Humane Studies, * Leadership Institute’s ConservativeJobs.com, * Students for Liberty, * American Enterprise Institute’s Internship.


Intelligence and joy, 8-1/2 minutes with Dr. Larry Arnn

Arnn is an educator, writer and president of Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. He thinks and speaks clearly, watch him here.

Every Friday Arnn talks with High Hewitt about Great Books, politics, college education — while having great fun! I love serious scholars who display this joy in life and learning. Listen to any of their shows here.


Five Ayn Rand walking tours in NYC, by Fred Cookinham

*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.co


Local meetings and sites: free market and Objectivist

*** Groups which meet in Manhattan ***

Manhattan Libertarian Party

NYC Ayn Rand Meetup

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

*** 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: School choice news and events

The College of the United States

The Federalist

Forum for Ayn Rand Fans

The Heartland Institute

Independent Institute

Institute for Justice

Liberating Education

Liberty Magazine

Ludwig Von Mises Institute

The Objective Standard

The Objective Standard’s Blog

Objectivism Online

Powell History

Real Clear Politics

Reason Papers

Rebirth of Reason

The Savvy Street

Sense of Life Objectivists

taxPOLItix by Alan J Dlugash

Robert Tracinski at The Federalist

The Tracinski Letter

*** Facebook groups ***

These groups are about free markets, creativity and/or Ayn Rand. Some are open to anyone. To read and post to closed ones ask to become a member. You can sign up for notices of new postings.

These groups have from 8,000 members to under 100. Some have been around years, others are new, some have daily postings, others rare ones.

A R Group

Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand friends

Ayn Rand International

Ayn Rand: Voices of Youth


For The New Intellectuals

Free Minds

Friends Who Like The Ayn Rand Institute

The Impact of Aristotle Upon Christian, Islamic, & Jewish Cultures

New York Area Objectivists

New York Objectivist Salon

The Objective Standard, an online and paper publication

Objectivism for Intellectuals

Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand


Objectivist Inventors, Scientists and Engineers and Friends!

Objectivist movement

Reason Matters

Romanticism Watch

Stop Blaming Capitalism for Socialism’s Failures

Students For Liberty


Facts about this Junto newsletter and Junto

  • Our host is Victor Niederhoffer. For 31 years, until September 2016, he sponsored Junto meetings. Each month he presented a speaker, some are podcasts here. http://nycjunto.org/category/podcasts/ 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.
  • To subscribe to this newsletter put “Junto list” in the subject line, email your name and preferred email address to: info@NYCjunto.org
  • Iris Bell continues to write this newsletter. She’s 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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