Past & Upcoming Events

Supreme Court Cases: Travel Ban, Wedding Cake, Sports Betting, Online Sales Tax

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The "Travel Ban," wedding cake, sports betting, internet sales tax, and the purging of voter lists -- these are just a handful of cases from the Court's docket for its 2017 Term.

Oh, and there was also an important gerrymandering case, but the Court sidestepped it, by invoking a procedural escape-hatch, commonly referred to as the "lack of standing."

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Well, it's that time of the year again -- as the Court wraps up its 2017 Term, a series of important decisions will be handed down in the waning days.

As always, we'll be discussing these cases from a prism of political or public policy lenses -- no prior legal experience, or a comprehensive understanding of the Constitution or the Supreme Court is required.

To that end, we'll discuss the following cases:

- Trump v. Hawaii
The enforceability of an Executive Order for a "travel ban" -- the opinion is expected to be handed down during the week of June 25th.

The Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives -- a townhall discussion

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INTRO -- please watch this short TED Talks video by Jonathan Haidt:

https://www.ted.com/t...

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This discussion will initially start out from the five "moral statements" mentioned in the TED Talks.

- harm / care
- fairness / reciprocity
- in-group / loyalty
- authority / respect
- purity / sanctity

We'll then discuss different ways how the liberals and conservatives perceive their own psychology vis-à-vis the psychology of their ideological counterparts. We'll compare and contrast the instinctual, tribal, and steadfast "rational" and 'emotional" views held by both sides.

FINALLY, we'll discuss what is means to have a "red-pill" or a "blue-pill" moment, where a fundamental view held by oneself on a particular issue has changed.

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Foreign Policy Roundtable: North Korea, G7, Jerusalem, and Italy's New Gov't

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Join us for this month's featured Foreign Policy discussion, covering some of the most consequential events unfolding on the world stage. The discussion topics will include:

I. The outcome of the U.S.-DPRK Summit in Singapore -- is it a beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning?

II. The U.S.' formal recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel and the ongoing Middle East diplomacy, amid the violent clashes at the Gaza border.

III. Italy's new "populist" coalition government vis-à-vis its uncertain future as an E.U. member state, amid stagnant economy and the "nationalistic" fervor brought on by recent waves of migrants.

IV. The outcome of the G7 (or G6 plus one) Summit and the diplomatic fallout with its member states. Should it revert to G8?

More details to follow.

New York, NY - USA

Saturday, June 23 at 3:00 PM

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Hamilton vs. Jefferson: The Rivalry that Shaped America (FREE LECTURE)

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IMPORTANT: TO RECEIVE A FREE TICKET, YOU MUST SEND A DIRECT MESSAGE TO THOMAS (https://www.meetup.co...) WITH YOUR FULL NAME AND EMAIL ADDRESS. Otherwise, you will forfeit your seat, as a mere RSVP on this meetup page does NOT guarantee entry into the event.

Our friends at One Day University has offered limited FREE TICKETS for the following lecture:

Hamilton vs. Jefferson: The Rivalry that Shaped America (https://www.onedayu.c...)

Once the free tickets gone, you can still purchase a ticket directly from One Day Univ website:

https://www.onedayu.c...

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More event details from the event organizers:

Law, History & Politics: The French Revolution -- Happy Bastille Day!

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As we commemorate the Bastille Day, we'll discuss the French Revolution (circa 1789 to 1799). For this meeting, we will examine the French Revolution by analyzing its three distinct components: Law, History and Politics.

To that end, we'll discuss the following:

I. Law

Declaration of the Rights of the Man and of the Citizen (http://avalon.law.yal...)

The French Constitution of 1791
(https://en.wikipedia....)

II. History

New political ideas emerging from the Enlightenment.

Inspirations and aspirations derived from the "American Revolution."

Severe economic hardship caused by national debt and the political mismanagement of King Louis.

The financial woes brought on by wars and disruptions in its imperial colonies.

The storming of the Bastille in July 1789.

The overthrow of the Monarch and the public execution of King Louis.

III. Politics

Movement Politics (Part 3): Black Lives Matter and #MeToo

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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.

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

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For this meeting, we'll examine the rise and prominence of two recent movements: Black Lives Matter and #MeToo. While these two movements have different origins, resulting from different sets of grievances and policy challenges, we'll discuss how both movements have become prevalent in the public discourse.

Further, we'll discuss any backlash or any unintended consequences as a result of the evolution of the movement. Finally, we'll discuss the viability and relevancy of these movements, if any, in shaping the public discourse in the future.

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.

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.

"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, January 8 at 6:00 PM

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