Past & Upcoming Events

George Washington's Farewell Address of 1796

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During these turbulent times, we seek for wisdom from the parting words from the first President of our Republic. Let's see how Washington warned us about the political misinformation, division, and attempts to subvert the rule of law in the pursuit of power.

A panel of experts will lead the discussion and we'll open it up for audience Q&A.

Some points of discussions may include:

- Was Washington correct in his warnings about the dangers of the political parties? Should we have avoided parties altogether? If so, how?

- How can our nation return to normalcy with our current two-party system?

- How human nature then is no different today from what it was back in the 18th century (self-interested social beings, the perpetuation of our lesser angels).

The link below is a full text of the Farewell Address:
https://avalon.law.ya...

New York, - USA

Tuesday, December 1 at 7:00 PM

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https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/274776864/

The Truths & Myths of "Election Fraud" and Ballot Recounts (2020 Post-Mortem)

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We'll continue our discussion on the aftermath of the 2020 election. For this meeting, our panelists are:

Barry Richard, Esq. (Greenberg Traurig)
Litigation Counsel in Bush v. Gore
https://www.gtlaw.com...

Matthew Doig
Network Investigations Editor, USA Today
https://www.usatoday....

The panelists will discuss the following points:

1) The truths and myths about the systemic "voter fraud."

2) Do the alleged incidents of voting irregularities justify engaging in recounts and other legal challenges?

3) What are the similarities and differences of the 2000 and 2020 elections, if any?

4) Is the Trump Administration's legal challenge meritorious on its face, and what is the likelihood that he will prevail to overturn the outcomes?

5) What are the roles, responsibilities and obligations of the electors in the Electoral College?

The 2020 Post-Mortem (Part Four): The Future of MAGA in a Post-Trump World

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Now that November 3rd has come and gone, let's discuss:

1) The future of MAGA in a post-Trump world;
2) The prevalence of "Trumpism" in the future of the conservative movement.

More details to follow

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Other "2020 Post-Mortem" series:
Election Outcome and Analysis (Part One)
https://www.meetup.co...

Time to Heal Our Nation (Part Two)
https://www.meetup.co...

Ballot Recounts and the Truths and Myths of "Election Fraud" (The 2020 Post-Mortem, Part Three)
https://www.meetup.co...

New York, - USA

Thursday, December 17 at 7:00 PM

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https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/274491408/

Is COVID-19 pandemic a preview of our climate change future?

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IMPORTANT: In order to participate create a profile on Zoom:

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If using Zoom for the first time, please download the app. It's free and only takes a few minutes to complete.

You'll receive a link to the Zoom videoconference one day before the Meetup.

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We'll continue discussing the coronavirus pandemic. For the Eighth Session, we'll discuss whether this pandemic is a preview of what's to come if the current projections of climate change turns out to be true.

To that end, below is what we've discovered so far from the pandemic -- and these are the important questions that our society must rigorously examine:

• This pandemic has revealed the sobering reality of the true limits and vulnerabilities of human nature and our technology vs. the mightiness and dangers of the natural world.

• The potential reemergence of "prehistoric" plagues from rapid melting of the Arctic ice. This pandemic has revealed that our immune systems are highly vulnerable to any "novel" pathogens.

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.

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....)