Past & Upcoming Events

COVID-19 Lockdowns vs. Our Individual Freedoms (Virtual Meetup, Part 6)

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Despite maintaining our "social distancing" during the pandemic, we'll stay connected virtually via Google Hangouts. Our online sessions are intended to provide a forum to continue discussing important public policies.

IMPORTANT: In order to participate in the video conference, you must:

1) Have access to Google Hangouts Meets on your phone or computer.

From your desk or laptop: https://meet.google.c...

From your phone: download the app via AppStore or Google Play -- please be sure to install "Google Hangouts Meet" (rather than the regular "Google Hangouts" app).

2) Maintain an active Gmail account.

Both requirements take only a few minutes to complete and at no cost.

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We'll continue discussing the coronavirus pandemic. For the Sixth Session, we'll discuss the criticisms and purported merits of the near-nationwide lockdown, shelter-in-place, mandatory quarantine measures, and the like.

• Individual liberty vs. the right to be protected during a pandemic -- which right prevails? Are these competing interests morally equivalent, or does one trump over the other?

The $2.2 TRILLION stimulus and mega-bailout (Virtual Meetup, Part 5)

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Despite maintaining our "social distancing" during the pandemic, we'll stay connected virtually via Google Hangouts. Our online sessions are intended to provide a forum to continue discussing important public policies.

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IMPORTANT: In order to participate in the video conference, you must:

1) Have access to Google Hangouts Meets on your phone or computer.

From your desk or laptop: https://meet.google.c...

From your phone: download the app via AppStore or Google Play -- please be sure to install "Google Hangouts Meet" (rather than the regular "Google Hangouts" app).

2) Maintain an active Gmail account.

Both requirements take only a few minutes to complete and at no cost.

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We'll continue discussing the coronavirus pandemic. For the Fifth Session, we'll discuss the criticisms and purported merits of the mega-stimulus and bailout (The “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” or the “CARES Act”).

Political Thinkers: Ayn Rand

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We'll continue the "Political Thinkers" series. It critically examines the political and ideological viewpoints of prominent public intellectuals, both current and from the past.

Here, the goal is to discuss fresh viewpoints -- some of which might be "unconventional" in nature -- in analyzing its applicability in our ever-increasingly complex society. Just like every issue that our group discusses, we examine and evaluate it with an independent and critical lens, at the highest level of intellectual rigor.

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For this discussion, we'll evaluate the life and legacy of Ayn Rand. We'll explore the following:

▨ The highlights of her career as an author and public intellectual.

▨ The development of Rand's philosophy of "Objectivism." A discussion on the Objectivist positions on metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, political philosophy, and aesthetics.

▨ Rand's influence in the modern political movements and public intellectuals.

For those that want to get some exposure to Ayn Rand's idea prior to the meetup, here are some suggested readings. These are all on the website of the Ayn Rand Institute (ARI), which is an organization dedicated to spreading and advocating Ayn Rand's ideas.

Kazakhstan: the past, present and future

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For this meeting, we'll have a multi-faceted discussion on Kazakhstan. Our resident Kazakh native, Gani, will lead the discussion and will discuss the following:

- A brief history.
- Its role during the Cold War.
- Its independence.
- The current economy and industry.
- The current geopolitical relations and tensions with its neighboring countries.
- The current challenges both internally and on the world stage.
- Finally, what changes or reforms are needed?

After the meeting, we'll go to a nearby Kazakh restaurant for further cultural experience!

*** The event will be announced about 8 to 10 days beforehand.

New York, NY 10001 - USA

Sunday, January 17 at 4:00 PM

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On "ideological absolutism" and "purity tests"

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For this meeting, we'll discuss the "non-compromising" postures often observed in partisan politics. When is the "litmus test" applicable for an elected official? What's more, as the primary season is underway, and in the aftermath of the Impeachment, we've also observed growing ideological divide within each major parties (a/k/a "the circular firing squad" and the threats of "primary challenges").

Let's further explore the following:

▨ Why has "compromise" in governance become equated with "betrayal" or "disingenuousness"?

▨ Are "political purity tests" productive or overly rigid?

▨ When are "political purity tests" justified in shifting the Overton Window of the public discourse?

▨ On what grounds can one justify an outright "ideological absolutism"?

▨ In a partisan dog fight, when is it acceptable to abandon party loyalty and caucus with the opposing party?

▨ FINALLY, we'll discuss the merits (and defenses) of the perennial debate in "pragmatism vs. ideological rigidity."

Using the principles set forth above, we'll apply them to the current issues at stake:

Book Club: "The Prince" by Niccolò Machiavelli

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For this meeting, we'll read and discuss Machiavelli's "The Prince" (https://en.wikipedia....).

Based on the reading, here are some questions and themes for our discussion:

▨ The emergence of the Italian renaissance, its reigning rulers of the period, and the governing system.

▨ A brief biography of Machiavelli.

▨ The intended audience and meaning of The Prince.

▨ The analysis and interpretation of The Prince.

▨ The applicability of political principles and theories stemming from The Prince.

▨ The wide-ranging influence of The Prince -- from the revolutionaries, controversial theorists, dictators, to modern politicians.

IMPORTANT: If you wish to attend, it is strongly recommended that you read the text, as the discussion will primarily be based from the reading assignment. Many copies are available on line, including at the following link: https://www.constitut...

More details to follow.

New York, NY 10001 - USA

The Suez Canal Crisis of 1956 (Law, History, and Politics)

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For this meeting, we'll discuss the Suez Canal Crisis of 1956.

To that end, we'll discuss and analyze each of its three distinct components: Law, History and Politics.

I. Law
- The Convention of Constantinople of 1888 (https://en.wikipedia....)

- The Anglo-Egyptian Treaty of 1936 (https://en.wikipedia....)

- A secret agreement reached between the governments of Britain, France and Israel, later to be known as the "Protocol of Sèvres" (https://en.wikipedia....)