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Post-Election Wrap Up and Analysis, Domestic Terrorism and "Mood of the Country"

Join us for a post-election wrap up and analysis, discussing the outcome of various contests, including the Midterm Congressional Elections, as well as various local races. We'll try to make sense of the electoral outcomes and put things in perspective.

We'll also discuss the recent spate of "domestic terrorism", as the mood of our Nation has taken a very dark turn stemming from the worst form of virulent, tribal politics.

Finally, we'll conclude with the overall "mood of our Nation," by discussing the overall state of affairs on a national level.

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Election Night Watch Party!

After you cast your vote, stop by to hang out to watch the election returns!

From local offices to the fate of the balance of power in Congress, be part of this historic election. You are cordially invited to join us to see the election outcomes unfold in real-time, with a drink in your hand!

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IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The NYCPF is a nonpartisan organization. As such, we do not promote or endorse any particular ideologies or political parties. Rather, our aim is to foster independent, critical thinking by exchange of views with the highest level of intellectual rigor.

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The Midterm Elections! (A Special Townhall Forum)

We're just three weeks away from the Midterm Elections!

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We're just three weeks away from the Midterm Elections!

This is a special "townhall"-style event to discuss the important issues at stake in the November elections. From local offices to the fate of the balance of power in Congress -- we'll discuss what's ahead, in a public "townhall"-style forum -- democracy at its finest!

Special thanks to Nala, Rob, Erik, Louis, and Henry who participated in the recent "mini-debate" on the topics of healthcare, tax policy, and #MeToo. They will further elaborate on how these issues and themes will come into play in the Midterm Elections.

Other special guests will include Marta from Micgoat (www.micgoat.com/debate) and Jess from Motivote (www.motivote.us).

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Gandhi at 150

This month marks the 150th birth anniversary of Mohandas Gandhi. As we commemorate this milestone, we'll take a critical look at his life and legacy.

To that end, we'll explore the following topics:

- A very brief summary of his biography, including his early years in England and South Africa.

- His visions for an Independent India.

- His "nonviolent resistance" and the rise of the "peace movement."

- His role in the India-Pakistan partition and how it fueled "ultra-nationalism."

- His views on the caste system.

- The purported merits of his moral philosophy (and any criticisms thereof), and any unintended consequences.

- Finally, are the views and ideologies of Gandhi still relevant today? Does he maintain any "universal appeal"?

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Law, History & Politics: Nuremberg and Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal (c. 1945-48)

For this meeting, we'll discuss the Nuremberg Trial and Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal, and analyze its three distinct components: Law, History and Politics.

o that end, we'll discuss and evaluate the following:

I. Law

The purported merits of a public trial before an international tribunal.

The makeup of the trial participants, including prosecutors, defense counsels, and the panel of judges.

The overview of the trial, verdict, and sentencing.

Judge Radhabinod Pal of India's dissenting opinion in the Tokyo Trials.
(http://www.cwporter.com/pal1.htm)

The Nuremberg Principles
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuremberg_principles)

The indictment against Japanese "Class A" war criminal defendants
(http://www.cnd.org/mirror/nanjing/NMTT.html)

The development of international criminal law and the establishment of the International Criminal Court.

II. History

A brief discussion on the outcome of WWII.

III. Politics

The principle of "Victor's Justice."

The "moral relativism" in the application of "international law."

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Foreign Policy Roundtable: China's Muslims, Israel, So. Africa and Hungary

Join us for this month's featured Foreign Policy discussion, covering some of the most consequential events unfolding on the world stage.

The discussion topics will include:

- China: the systemic imprisonment, torture, and "re-education" of the Uyghur muslims in the Xinjiang region.

- Israel: the recent enactment of the "Basic Law: Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_Law:_Israel_as_the_Nation-State_of_t...)

- South Africa: the sudden interest in U.S. foreign policy in Africa, as the attention is directed at the "land reform" policies to remedy the Apartheid-era policies.

- Hungary's refusal to accept the E.U. migration quotas and the upcoming E.U.'s parliamentary vote to sanction Hungary as a disciplinary measure.

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The 2008 Financial Crisis -- Ten Years Later . . .

Ten years ago, on this very day, Lehman Brothers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. This started a pivotal three-week period that ultimately resulted in the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

As we look back at what took place ten years ago, we'll discuss the following:

- How much have we recovered? More importantly, how are some still left behind?

- Were the massive bailouts of the financial institutions justified?

- Was the justification of "too big to fail" a morally plausible one?

- What were the lessons learned, if any?

- Are the corrective measures that went into effect (e.g., the Dodd Frank Act) sufficient in addressing the root cause?

- Can this happen again -- or more appropriately, are we in a midst of another impending financial crisis?

- How the financial crisis adversely affected the world market. Also the scope of geopolitical implications from the downturn of international market.

- Finally, how has the financial crisis affected you personally? Did you make career changes or redirect your budgeting or fiscal priorities?

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The Upcoming Midterm Elections and New York Primaries (a preview)

The September 13th primaries are right around the corner, involving contests for the following local offices:

Local city council seats

State Senate and Assembly

State Attorney General

Gubernatorial

We'll also preview the upcoming Congressional Midterm Elections in November, in this pivotal election year for both parties. The fate of which party controls either, or both, houses of Congress will undoubtedly advance or impede the remaining two years of Pres. Trump's first term.

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As always, we'll focus on the substantive policy issues at stake, rather than the "horse-race" aspect of the contests.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: because The NYC Political Forum is a nonpartisan organization, we do not endorse or advocate on behalf of any causes, agendas, groups, organizations, candidates, or political parties. As such, this event is for "discussion" purposes only.

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Remembering John McCain

In light of the recent passing of Sen. John McCain, we'll spend a couple of hours discussing his legacy.

We'll critically examine various aspects of his public life, including:

- His military service and years of captivity as a POW.

- Congressional Career spanning over three decades.

- Legislative aims and accomplishments, including in the areas of bipartisan bills and laws, such as campaign finance reform, comprehensive immigration reform, and reforms to reduce congressional appropriations and waste.

- His Presidential bids in 2000 and 2008.

- His expertise in the area of foreign policy -- and thereby advocating the aggressive use of military force and defense spending.

- His checkered relations with the members of the Republican Party.

- His checked record on race relations and civil rights.

- His legacy as a "Maverick."

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Saturday, September 1, 2018 Demystifying the "Deep State"

Premise: The deep level of distrust and disdain in many of our society's institutions are at all time low. Some feel betrayed by these institutions, while others assert that they have simply outlived their usefulness, in this rapidly-changing society. Technology has fueled the widespread of misinformation and conspiracy theories.

Where do we go from here?

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Background: For many decades, those on the Left commonly invoked the term "Military Industrial Complex" in criticizing government abuse and lack of transparency. Those on the Right commonly invoked the term "Shadow Government" to describe a similar phenomena. However, in the recent years the term "Deep Sate" has seeped into the public discourse.

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For this meeting, we'll evaluate and explore the following concepts in furtherance of demystifying the "Deep State":

- Its origins and prominence, especially in the name of "National Security."

- Other similar terms and phenomena, including "The Police State," "The Security State," "The Permanent State," and "The New World Order."

- Emergence of mainstream appeal of underground conspiracy movements vis-a-vis "QAnon."

- The notion of "entrenched bureaucracy."

- The rise of government secrecy and covert operations.

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