Past & Upcoming Events

The Rise of Jordan Peterson (Film Screening and Q&A)

"The NYC Political Forum"

Join us for a film screening of a documentary entitled "The Rise of Jordan Peterson." It will be followed by Q&A with the filmmakers. Each attendee must purchase their own ticket and it can be purchased here:

After the viewing and Q&A, we'll go to a nearby cafe or restaurant to discuss the film.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: As always, for every subject matter that our group engages in, we examine and evaluate it in an independent and critical manner, at the highest level of intellectual rigor. As we critically examine this film selection, we always welcome dissenting views and substantive disagreements. The selection of this film, in no way, is a passive, blanket endorsement of the subject or his views.

Ranked-Choice Voting, 2020 Primaries and Bolivia (Current Events Forum)

"The NYC Political Forum"

It's been a while since we've discussed current events. Let's spend a few hours this afternoon, discussing some of the most compelling stories and events unfolding in our City, Nation and around the World.

• The City: Earlier this month, one of the ballot questions, ranked-choice voting, had been approved and adopted. This will, in effect, allow voters to rank their top five candidates, in order of preference, rather than simply picking one candidate. It is expected to be implemented, for the first time, in the 2021 elections for the mayoral and city council races (for primaries only). Does this strengthen representative form of government? What are the unintended consequences?

• The Nation: Earlier this week, there was another televised debate. The Democratic Party primaries are now heating up, as we're just about 2.5 months away from the Iowa Caucuses. As New Yorkers, what is your reaction to Fmr. Mayor Bloomberg's late-entry into this race?

• The World: In Bolivia, Pres. Evo Morales resigned, amid allegations of election fraud and protests. While his supporters characterize this as a "coup," his opponents believe that Morales usurped powers of the state. At any rate, Morales is the last of the leftist leaders that swept Latin America two decades ago, in a "Pink Tide." As Bolivia and other Latin American nations now embark on the era of "post-neoliberalism," what are the challenges ahead?

Presidential Primary Debate Watch Party!

"The NYC Political Forum"

Join us for the November 2019 edition of the Democratic Party Primary Debate Watch Party!

Come cheer or jeer the crowded field of ten (or so) candidates who will take the stage for yet another televised debate for the 2020 election! We'll play political bingo and have pre-debate social gathering. It's been a long primary season already, and this debate is sure to be a doozy!

There's no fee to attend this event and you can purchase food and / or drinks on your own tab.

Here's the proposed schedule:
7:30pm: the doors open
7:30pm to 9pm: pre-debate social gathering
9pm to 11pm: watch the televised debate!

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The NYCPF is a nonpartisan organization. As such, we do not promote, endorse, or advocate on behalf of any particular candidates, parties, issues or causes. Rather, our aim is to foster independent, critical thinking by the exchange of views and ideas at the highest level of intellectual rigor.

New York, NY 10016 - USA

Wednesday, November 20 at 7:30 PM


On Empathy and Politics

"The NYC Political Forum"

As the Holiday Season draws near, let's reexamine the role of "empathy" in our lives and society. In particular, we'll focus the discussion on how "empathy" conflicts (or enhances) the public policy priorities, as well as our current state of politics.

The discussion will primarily be based on Prof. Paul Bloom's book, entitled "Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion." This thought-proving book provides a refreshing perspective on "empathy" -- especially when it comes to both major policy decisions and the choices we make in our everyday lives.

Here's the central question: is limiting our impulse toward empathy, perhaps the most compassionate choice that we can make?

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

• Is empathy the leading motivators of inequality and immorality in society?

• Is empathy a product of a capricious and irrational emotions that appeals to our narrow prejudices?

• Are important public policy decisions — such as budgetary priorities, the criminal justice system, foreign relations, the use of military force, and how to respond to climate change — are too often motivated by honest, yet misplaced, emotions?

• How does empathy distort our judgment in every aspect of our lives, from philanthropy and charity to the justice system; from medical care and education to parenting and marriage?

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

"The NYC Political Forum"

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....)

- The U.N. Security Council Resolution 119 (https://en.wikipedia....)