Past & Upcoming Events

Closing Arguments (Part Two): Why Joe Biden Should be Elected

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We're just days away from November 3rd! As the General Election comes down to a wire, we'll have a two-part discussion series on why the voters should be persuaded to vote for one of the two candidates from the two major parties, namely Trump or Biden. For Part One, we discussed why voters should be persuaded to re-elect Pres. Trump (https://www.meetup.co...).

For Part Two, we'll discuss the most compelling reasons why voters may want to consider voting for fmr. Vice President Biden. We'll have a panel of Pro-Trump supporters to share their views and will cover the following general topics:

▨ Biden's pledge to "restore America."

▨ "Build Back Better" -- what does this mean?

▨ Biden's track record as a U.S. Senator and VP during the Obama Administration.

▨ On, foreign policy, Biden's pledge to reestablish the international alliances and the "New World Order."

▨ Do you find his symbolic message of "unifying the country" to be convincing?

▨ The "moral leadership" and vision for America

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Closing Arguments (Part One): Why Pres. Trump Should be Re-Elected

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We're just days away from November 3rd! As the General Election comes down to a wire, we'll have a two-part discussion series on why the voters should be persuaded to vote for one of the two candidates from the two major parties, namely Trump or Biden. For Part Two, we'll discuss why the voters should be persuaded to vote for Joe Biden. (https://www.meetup.co...)

For Part One, we'll discuss the most compelling reasons why voters may want to consider re-electing President Trump. We'll have a panel of Pro-Trump supporters to share their views and will cover the following general topics:

▨ Economy and trade

▨ Domestic policies and accomplishments (e.g., SCOTUS and federal judge appointments, repealing Obama-era policies)

▨ Foreign policy

▨ The "moral leadership" and vision for America

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Justice Amy Coney Barrett

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By the time this event takes place, it is more likely than not that the Senate will have enough votes to approve the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to be the next Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

In what has otherwise have been a contentious showdown in the nomination of justices at our nation's highest court, we'll preview how the confirmation of Justice Barrett will shape the makeup of the SCOTUS and how many important public policies will be adjudicated under a SCOTUS review.

As we preview these (likely) developments, let's discuss the following:

▨ Do you find the Republican Party's reasoning for fast-tracking Justice Barrett's nomination (vis-à-vis the arbitrary withholding of Merrick Garland's nomination) persuasive or hypocritical?

▨ How will Justice Barrett's judicial philosophy of "Originalism" influence her role on the bench? Additionally, how her approach to law may have been influenced by her mentor, the late Justice Scalia.

▨ What her opinions and rulings from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reveal about her judicial philosophy.

▨ The historical nature and significant of this confirmation -- only the fifth woman to be elevated to the SCOTUS.

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

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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....)