Past & Upcoming Events

Law, History & Politics: Hitler's Trial for High Treason in Munich (c. 1923)

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We'll continue the Second Season of Law History and Politics, discussing Hitler's trial for high treason in the People's Court in Munich, Bavaria.

For this meeting, we will examine HItler's trial by analyzing its three distinct components: Law, History and Politics. To that end, we'll discuss the following:

I. Law

The nature of charges for orchestrating the Beer Hall Putsch (https://en.wikipedia....).

Other named co-defendants, including Gen. Erich Ludendorff.

The verdict and the underlying justifications
(https://en.wikisource...)

The post-verdict prison sentence.

II. History

The post-WWI devastation faced by all belligerents, including Germany.

The proclamation and designation of the Weimar Republic.

Current Events Roundtable -- FOR NEW MEMBERS ONLY

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Once a year, we offer a special invitation, exclusively to the new members to join our discussions. Here, you get to experience, first hand, the enriching and intellectually-stimulating engagement offered by this group in discussing current events and public affairs.

What constitutes as a "new member"? Someone who has attended two or less events with the group. If you're not a "new member" please refrain from RSVPing for this event.

For this discussion, we've selected three topics covering a wide range of subject matters. To that end, we've selected events and issues affecting our State, Nation and around the World.

- State: the upcoming gubernatorial election and Cynthia Nixon's candidacy.

- National: Facebook's data breech and the future of the role of social media in shaping public views.

- International: possible military strikes in Syria.

More details to come.

New York, NY 10001 - USA

Saturday, May 5 at 3:00 PM

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American Presidents: Ulysses S. Grant (Book Club, Part Two)

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We'll continue the "American Presidents" series, based on a biography of Pres. Ulysses S. Grant by Ron Chernow, eponymously entitled "Grant."

PLEASE NOTE: READING ASSIGNMENTS ARE MANDATORY IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND -- in order to allow a robust discussion, you must obtain the book and complete the reading assignments.

FOR THIS MEETING, WE'LL BE READING CHAPTERS 13 to 24 (pages 268 to 544).

Ch. 13: Citadel
Ch. 14: Deliverance
Ch. 15: Above the Clouds
Ch. 16: Idol of the Hour
Ch. 17: Ulysses the Silent
Ch. 18: Raging Storm
Ch. 19: Heavens Hung in Black
Ch. 20: Caldron of Hell
Ch. 21: Chew & Choke
Ch. 22: Her Satanic Majesty
Ch. 23: Dirty boots
Ch. 24: A Singular, Indescribable Vessel

Because the book is over 1,000 pages, we'll break up the discussions into three to four meetings throughout this year, based on the following distinct milestones of Pres. Grant:

- The early life, West Point years, and his service during Mexican-American War
- The Union General during the Civil War
- The post-Presidency period

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More about the "Presidents" series:

Workplace Politics -- "watercooler" moments, the acceptable norms, and taboos

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Background:

This is commonly referred to as "office politics" in some parlance, but not everyone works at an "office" seting. There are two general categories of "Workplace Politics." The first type involves a situation where it is awkward, sensitive, or even a taboo to discuss "politics" or political subject matters in a work setting (e.g., the proverbial "watercooler" moments). The second type is the hierarchical, intra-workplace dynamics that often result in a drama, involving an imposition of certain "workplace culture" to the employees.

Here, we welcome your personal stories and accounts of how "politics" -- in the broadest sense -- influences, affects, or even interferes with your workplace environment.

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For this meeting, we'll discuss the "first type" of workplace politics. The subtopics may include:

- What are the cultural norms at your workplace?
- What examples of certain "taboos" or restrictions?
- Are there any special exceptions or quirks in your workplace culture?
- Is discussing politics or current event a normal course of routine at your workplace?

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In order to boost employee morale, we'll schedule this meeting on Monday evening!

More details to follow.

Political Thinkers: Sam Harris and Reza Azlan

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We'll continue the "Political Thinkers" series -- it examines the political and ideological viewpoints of prominent public figures, considered to be tremendously influential in their respective ideological camps.

For this discussion, we'll compare and contrast the views of the following contemporary individuals: Sam Harris and Reza Azlan. We'll explore the following questions:

- Do their views blur the lines of traditional ideological boundaries?
- What makes their appeal so controversial?
- Have their views and positions always remained intellectually consistent?
- What are their deep-rooted philosophical basis for their stated views and positions, if any?
- What do their rise to popularity indicate about the current cultural or political climate?

We will then view their positions on key policy matters, including:
- Islam vs. Secularism
- The role of religion in shaping public policies.
- The role of religion in international conflicts (past and present).
- Views on evolution and "creationism."
- The pervasiveness of "identity politics" in our society.
- Merits of political correctness (or lack thereof).
- The current state of "Liberalism."
- The "moral complexity" of genetics.

The Opiod Crisis and "War on Drugs" (Part II): Any Sensible Solutions ?

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This is a two-part discussion series, taking an in-depth look at the role of government and its public policies in addressing "controlled substances" (a.k.a. licit and illicit drugs, alcohol and other substances).

For Part One, (https://www.meetup.co...) we'll take a look at the historic evolution of the government policies from the 1800s until the 1990s.

For Part Two, we'll examine the root causes of the current "Opioid Crisis," as well as any sensible solutions to this epidemic.

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The topics of discussion for Part Two will include:

• The rise of Big Pharma's influence.

• The prevalence of Oxycontin and other similar substances.

• The difference between the "War on Drugs" and the "Opioid Crisis"

• FINALLY, we'll attempt to come up with some real sensible solutions, if any.

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The Opioid Crisis and "War on Drugs" (Part I): The Propaganda and "Just Say No"

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This is a two-part discussion series, taking an in-depth look at the role of government and its public policies in regulating "controlled substances" (a.k.a. licit and illicit drugs, alcohol and other substances).

For Part One, we'll take a look at the historic evolution of the government policies from the 1800s until the 1990s. We'll examine various programs and laws, and discuss which efforts were effective, if any, and as well as any failures.

For Part Two, (https://www.meetup.co...) we'll examine the root causes of the current "Opioid Crisis," as well as any sensible solutions to this epidemic.

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The topics of discussion for Part One will include:

• The origins of the introduction of "controlled substances" by different ethnic immigrant groups.

• The Prohibition Era and its subsequent Restoration.

• The "Counterculture" Movement of the 1960s and early 1970s.

• The Reagan Era -- "Just Say No"

• The recent "criminal reform" movement to decriminalize certain controlled substances.

Movement Politics (Part 3): Black Lives Matter

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The "Movement Politics" series explore the various social movements, political forces, and coalitions that aim to bring about certain political changes, reforms or outcomes in furtherance of advancing a particular ideology. The "Movement Politics" series are purely intended to be for discussion purposes only, as the NYCPF does not endorse or advocate on behalf of any groups or organizations.

Our aim is to explore these movements or groups, in depth, without the veneer of hyperpartisan rhetoric -- thus, the discussions will be based on factual evidence, coupled with sound, logical reasoning and persuasion with the highest level of intellectual rigor.

The past discussions included:

Part One -- "The "Alt-Right"­ and the "Regressive Left (http://www.meetup.com...)"

"Policy Night" with NYC Council Member Ben Kallos

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A discussion of various local public policies at Council Member Kallos' (http://council.nyc.go...) district office. Ask questions, express your concerns, or offer suggestions to improve the City life!

Official description: Policy Night is a chance for residents who have a policy idea they want to pitch and help implement; the goal is to empower residents and turn ideas into real solutions.

The date is tentative -- more details to follow.

New York, NY - USA

Tuesday, September 18 at 6:00 PM

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