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The New York City Junto is a forum for individualists modeled after Benjamin Franklin’s famous discussion group. Victor Niederhoffer is founder and sponsor of the group. Meetings take place on the first Thursday evening of each month. Every meeting has a speaker, most of whom are leading individualist philosophers and economists. The idea is not to listen reverentially, but to arrive at a better mutual understanding of important issues. Lively debate is encouraged. For information on coming meetings, visit www.nycjunto.com.
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Invitation from Victor Niederhoffer to the NYC Junto
Inspired by Benjamin Franklin, I would like to invite you to apply to join the Junto and join some select friends who believe strongly in the appreciation of the sanctity of life, liberty, and property. Those of us who share these views are all too rare in this society. Hopefully, all of us can benefit by meeting to exchange ideas and insights.
For more than 30 years of his life, Ben Franklin held a series of weekly meetings of what he called the Junto, a group of 12 men who would gather to discuss truth, morality, and intellectual issues in an attempt to improve themselves and their society. My goal is to accomplish the same for ourselves.
Guided by science, logic and rationality, Franklin attempted to explore all aspects of his world and learned a tremendous amount. By his pursuit of knowledge, happiness and self-benefit he was able to create a tremendous amount of good for his society. The idea of a Junto is appealing to me--each month, I look forward eagerly to bringing together successful, intelligent men and women who share these ideals.
In Franklin's original Junto, the members used as a guide a series of 24 questions, such as:
Franklin included additional questions reflecting his group's position as an influencer of city and state politics. I see our group as more of an intellectual exercise -- rather than influencing the government directly, I would prefer that we have a positive beneficial impact on each other. With this in mind, we have a more up-to-date version of some of these questions, as well as some additional ones suggested by today's world:
I believe that by considering these important issues, as well as others which you will suggest, we can improve our minds, our lives, and the minds and lives of people around us.