Past & Upcoming Events

Trump vs. Biden (Round One)

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This discussion will take place just two days after the first Presidential Debate between the leading contenders from the two major parties, namely Trump vs. Biden. In this post-Debate discussion, we'll see if any substantive policy proposals have been mentioned. If so, how do each of these candidate's visions for America compare with your personal views?

The topics will include:

▨ In your opinion, who "won" the debate?

▨ Did either or both candidates live up to your expectations? Did either or both candidates exceed or underwhelm your expectations?

▨ How would you rate the moderator's performance in asking tough questions? Did the moderator appear to be fair or did you notice any partisan biases?

▨ Did you find the debate to be more of "style over substance"? What were the cringe-worthy moments?

▨ If you're an independent voter, or support a third party ticket, which of the two candidates do you find to be "the lesser of the two evils?

▨ Finally, as of the date of this event, there are 33 days until the election. In your estimation, what are the strengths and weaknesses of each of the candidates, as we enter into the final stretch?

New York, - USA

Thursday, October 1 at 7:00 PM

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Law, History and Politics: The "Trail of Tears" and McGirt v. Oklahoma

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"On the far end of the Trail of Tears was a promise. Forced to leave their ancestral lands in Georgia and Alabama, the Creek Nation received assurances that their new lands in the West would be secure forever. In exchange for ceding“all their land, East of the Mississippi river,” the U. S. government agreed by treaty that “he Creek country west of the Mississippi shall be solemnly guarantied to the Creek Indians.” (by Justice Gorsuch in the majority opinion of McGirt v. Oklahoma (591 U. S. ____ (2020) (citing Treaty With the Creeks, Arts. I, XIV, Mar. 24,1832, 7 Stat. 366, 368 (1832 Treaty).

In this discussion, history intersects with the Supreme Court jurisprudence.

▨ History: We'll discuss the forced relocations of approximately 60,000 Native Americans between 1830 and 1850 by U.S. government. We'll look back at how the members of the Cherokee, Muscogee (Creek), Seminole, Chickasaw, and Choctaw nations were forcibly removed from their ancestral homelands to areas to the west of the Mississippi River that had been designated as "Indian Territory."

▨ Law: The issue presented is whether a state can prosecute a member of the Creek Tribe for crimes committed within the historical Creek boundaries?

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.

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 very brief overview of the history of Kazakhstan, ranging from Eurasian tribes, the Saka people, Turkic empire, Huns, Mongol Empire, and Kazakh Khanate. Additionally, the colonization of Kazakhstan during the Russian Empire and its aftermath.

▨ The Soviet Union era -- A civil war, a period of cultural "Russianization" and "collectivization," genocide, Semey polygon (test site), the December 1986 protests, and ultimately its independence.

▨ Kazakhstan's current geopolitical relations with its neighbors:

- Russia's continued influence in Kazakhstan (e.g., military bases, polygons test sites, and its control over the Kazakh government).

- China's expansion into Kazakhstan (e.g., the Belt and Road Initiative, loans and investments, as well as cultural and tech expansion).

▨ The current economy and industry, and the status of the current Kazakh dictatorship regime.

▨ Finally, the future of Kazakhstan, and the needed reforms and changes.

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Event format:

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....)