Past & Upcoming Events

Live Debate: "This House supports the right to bear arms as a fundamental right"

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Come watch a live debate on the contentious topic of "The Right to Bear Arms."

Louis (https://www.meetup.co...) and
Rob (https://www.meetup.co...) will team up against Rajiv (https://www.meetup.co...) and Colin (https://www.meetup.co...) to engage in a civil and thoughtful debate on this topic.

Here's the final debate resolution:
"This house supports less restrictions on the right to bear arms because it s a fundamental right."

The State of the 2020 Presidential Primaries and Candidates

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The Political Forum is back!

It's been a long, noisy summer along the campaign trail and on the stump. The field of candidates for the Democratic Party has finally winnowed down to a (relatively) manageable size. Three additional challengers have emerged for the Republican Party, in an attempt to unseat the incumbent President. A perennial question remains whether this is a viable year for any third party candidates.

We'll spend the entire afternoon discussing the proposed SUBSTANTIVE POLICIES of these candidates -- with less emphasis on platitudes, media hype, "scandals" and the cumulative fundraising status.

We'll discuss the following areas of the proposed substantive policies:

▨ Healthcare
▨ Trade and tariffs
▨ Fiscal policies and budgetary proprieties
▨ Economic and job growth
▨ Climate change
▨ Foreign policy and international relations
▨ . . . and of course, the "culture wars"

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The upcoming election and primary contest days by the numbers -- from the date of this meetup, there are:

The Coddling of the American Mind: Are We Setting Up a Generation for Failure?

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For this meeting, we'll discuss a 2018 book by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt entitled "The Coddling of the American Mind."

The synopsis:
Generation Z, those born after 1996, seem to be very different from other generations. They tend to be reacting very strongly to situations that previous generations did not. The protests on campuses, the demand for trigger warnings and the growing call-out culture has become a big issue. The end result is that these young adults are not being prepared for the real world and they are having a harder time coping with adversity in their life.

The analysis:
The authors advance the motion that there are three "tenants" growing in popularity among this age group. The authors then explain this by identifying the six underlying causes:

1) Rising political polarization and cross-party animosity.
2) Rising levels of teen anxiety and depression.
3) Changes in parenting practices.
4) The Decline of free play.
5) Growth of campus bureaucracy.
6) Rising passion for justice in response to major national events.

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For this meeting, we'll discuss the six above causes identified by the authors.

The Life and Legacy Robert Mugabe (1924 - 2019)

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In light of the recent passing of Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, we'll discuss his life and legacy. As part of the critical analysis, we'll examine his lengthy, complicated and mixed record, much of it consists of mass corruption and violent oppression.

The following will be discussed:

▨ His early life under colonial rule of the British Empire in Rhodesia.

▨ His years spent in capacity as a political prisoner.

▨ Rhodesia's "Unilateral Independence" from Britain.

▨ The development of Mugabe's political ideology, amid the Guerilla War.

▨ Zimbabwe's Independence in 1980 and the rise to power. The purported objectives of unifying Zimbabwe.

▨ His grand visions of "pan-Africanism."

▨ Massive economic decline, rampant corruption and egregious mismanagement of the nation's affairs.

▨ Land seizures from the minority white landowners and farmers.

▨ Hyperinflation and the massive unpopularity, leading to a power-sharing agreement.

▨ The ultimate removal of power via coup and resignation.

▨ FINALLY, his legacy as the founding leader of the Republic of Zimbabwe, his life-long opposition to British colonialism, and the notoriety as being a violent and brutal dictator.

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Greenland, Amazon, Kashmir and Hong Kong -- a case study on "sovereignty"

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These four regions have garnered significant world attention lately. These regions are either semi-autonomous, or are situated in an area that ostensibly threatens the dominant state's sense of "sovereignty" over the servient state. We'll explore various modern political concepts, such as the "democratic theory," a notion of a "true sovereign," "extraterritoriality," and of course, the rise of "Nationalism."

With that in mind, we'll analyze each of the four regions:

▨ Greenland -- It was recently revealed that the Trump Administration seriously considered in purchasing Greenland. But who are the appropriate parties in this proposed international real estate transaction? Are the Greenlanders the rightful owners of this island-continent, or should any discussions of a potential sale be subject to the approval of the Kingdom of Denmark?

▨ Hong Kong -- Large-scale protests against the extradition bill have engulfed Hong Kong since June. Is the concept of "one nation, two systems" beginning to show signs of collapse? What is the proper balance between the servient state's stated goal of autonomy, and the dominant state's encroachment under the guise of "security and stability"?

Book Club: "The Fountainhead" -- by Ayn Rand (Parts Three and Four)

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This is a the second-half of the book club series reading and discussing the 1943 novel "The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand.

This meeting is intended to be a small group discussion to allow robust exchange of views and ideas.

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PLEASE NOTE: the reading assignments are mandatory, if you wish to attend. The central focus of the discussions will be directly based on the reading assignment.

This is a 700-page book. The reading assignment for this meeting will encompass the second half of the book.

- Part Three: Gail Wynand (Chapters 1 to 9)
- Part Four: Leonard Peikoff (Chapters 1 to 20)

New York, NY - USA

Saturday, September 28 at 1:00 PM

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https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/264522088/

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....)