Q: Why should I join this group?
A: Because you:
1) have a passionate interest in politics;
2) enjoy discussing public policy matters; and
3) maintain a keen interest in foreign affairs / international relations.
We meet every month at a private venue in Midtown to discuss these topics . . . stemming from the chambers of the City Hall to the assemblies of the United Nations (and everything in between).
Each meetup consists of the following tripartite categories of discussion:
• Local news in NYC and the greater metropolitan area.
• Domestic (electoral) politics and public policies of national significance.
• International relations and foreign affairs, including the "World" news.
You may be a working professional in the fields of multimedia, journalism, academia, NGO, or in the public sector — this group can serve as a platform to network or learn from your peers in a related field. Or, you simply want to get together with intelligent and friendly folks, and discuss the important issues of the day.
You get your news from politically savvy websites and you frequently read intelligent op-ed pieces, editorials, or blogs. The 24-hour cable news do not satisfy your insatiable appetite for political news-reporting, analysis, and discussions. Being called a "political junkie" or a "public policy wonk" is your badge of honor.
Here, you can be your own political pundit! Whether if you're a bleeding-heart liberal, a staunch conservative, a maverick libertarian, a free-market capitalist, a moderate centrist, a vacillating independent, or an international affairs connoisseur, we can all come together for civilized, thoughtful, intelligent, and friendly discussions.
The simple rules of engagement:
• Agree to disagree so that constructive disagreements can flourish.
• A zero-tolerance policy for personal, Ad Hominem attacks, or demagoguery.
• The constructive disagreements are always based on incontrovertible facts, rational reasoning, and a sound, logical analysis.
Therefore, here are some examples of what to expect from this group:
• A genuine discussion on policies rather than bitter partisan bickering.
• A well-reasoned dialogue over petty rhetoric or mere talking points.
• A collegial discourse over a shouting match.
Additionally, all members are welcomed to make topical suggestions. If you have an expert knowledge in a certain area, you're encouraged to share the knowledge by moderating a disucssion on that particular topic.
If all of the above fits your interests, you've definitely come to the right place!