We are pleased to announce that Seth Lipsky, former editor of The New York Sun, and author of The Citizen's Constitution, will be speaking at the Thursday November 5, 2009 meeting of the Junto at 7:30pm. Meeting is in the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen library, 20 West 44th St., New York, NY, and is open to the interested public.





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  1. douglas roberts dimick on November 5, 2009 9:13 am

    Dear Seth:

    As I am at Shanghai University, I am unable to attend your Junto tonight. So…

    Query: Do trees have standing? See: Sierra Club v. Morton, 405 U.S. 727 (1972).

    Justice William O. Douglas is a favorite. Both his personal life and corpus of court opinions advance that celebrated connection between natural law as incorporated within notions of human rights and freedom relative to authority of the state.

    As a jurist, Douglas fought federalist encroachment (or sprawl, if you will…) upon individualism (or liberty) both in terms of civil and entrepreneurial rights. Do his efforts align with your observed “anti-Federalists and modern-day defenders of state sovereignty” (

    As an early (1934) appointee by FDR to the SEC, becoming Chairman in 1937, Douglas appeared to have cornered himself into a paradoxical position of personal philosophies. Was he juxtaposed within a conflicting construct of American environs — individual, entrepreneurial freedoms that must be balanced with investor-issuer regulation as promulgated at federal or state levels of governance?

    It would seem that “Wild Bill” presents us with a constant reminder of how our human tendency for idiosyncratic (legal) dualisms places us as a species above (in the law) all others to include trees yet fails to demonstrate a rationalist constitution as a social contract that offers more than mere grant and entitlement declinations when constructing a naturalist order among federal, state, and individual interests regarding any given, particular legal concern (e.g., standing).

    I cite the Madoff saga, from time of its reported criminal inception to now the concurrencies in case and national processes of discovery, trial, and pending reformations. Most of what Madoff operated was inanimate a la the creative assimilation of hedge fund aura, trading firm systematics, and regulatory obfuscation.

    Your thoughts…


    Ps. Then again, in the case of Justice Douglas, we can detract here via personal idiosyncrasies (,9171,899281,00.html) as men of state and commerce so often share when confronted by doctrinal bewilderment.


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