What we're about

The NYC Political Forum™ (www.nycpoliticalforum.org) is a nonpartisan, all-inclusive civic organization. We welcome all New Yorkers to join, gather and exchange their passionate views and ideas on various public policy matters and foreign affairs. While we don't shy away from controversial, hot-button issues, we always maintain civility and strive for an intellectual discourse at the highest level.

This video captures the spirit and essence of The NYC Political Forum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZ2kXbILFaQ

Upcoming events (5+)

Political Thinkers: Milton Friedman

Le Pain Quotidien Flatiron

We'll continue the "Political Thinkers" series. It critically examines the political and ideological viewpoints of prominent public figures, considered to be tremendously influential as a trendsetter. 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. ************************ For this discussion, we'll evaluate the legacy and the work of the late Milton Friedman. To that end, we'll explore the following questions: - What are the deep-rooted philosophical basis for his theories and views, if any? - What makes his appeal so controversial? - Have his views and positions always remained intellectually consistent? - What do his rise to popularity indicate about the cultural or political climate of his time period? We will then examine Friedman's economic theories and key policy matters, including: - Monetary and market policies. - His ardent and steadfast opposition to the Keynesian economic theory. - The articulation of the "Economic Freedom" theory. - How his ideas regarding monetary, tax, and deregulatory policies influenced various government programs home and abroad. - Any criticisms of his role in association or assistance of the military dictatorship in Chile following the 1973 coup. His extensive collection of publications and other notable works are listed here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milton_Friedman_bibliography ************************ IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The NYCPF does not endorse or promote the views held by any of these individuals. PLEASE NOTE: the individuals above will NOT be appearing in-person -- these meetings are for DISCUSSION PURPOSES ONLY, in comparing and evaluating their views and ideologies. ************************ Previous "Political Thinkers" series: ▨ Christopher Hitchens (Jan. 12, 2019): https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/257700330/ ▨ Jordon Peterson (May 26, 2018): https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/250182531 ▨ Sam Harris and Reza Azlan (April 21, 2018): https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/248609818/ ▨ Milo Yiannopoulos, Ben Shapiro, Linda Sarsour, Cenk Uygur (Feb. 10, 2018): https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/246998014/ ************************ This is part one of a double-header event on Feb. 23rd. If you wish to attend the second discussion ("Conservatism" in the Era of Trump"), you must have a separate confirmed RSVP. https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/258273329/

"Conservatism" in the Era of Trump (Movement Politics, Part 6)

Le Pain Quotidien Flatiron

The "Movement Politics" series explore various social movements, political forces, and coalitions that aim to bring about certain political changes, reforms or outcomes in furtherance of advancing a particular ideology. Our aim is to explore these movements or groups, in depth, without the veneer of hyperpartisan rhetoric. As such, the discussions will be based on factual evidence, coupled with sound reasoning and any persuasion at the highest level of intellectual rigor. ************* For this meeting, we'll discuss and evaluate the current state of "Conservatism" in the Era of Trump. This meeting also coincides with the 2019 CPAC convention (https://conservative.org/events/cpac), which will be held during the week of Feb. 27, 2019. To that end, we'll discuss and explore the following themes: - What are the core values of a modern day Conservative? - Have those core values changed or deviated from the "traditional" Conservative orthodoxy? - What are some of the ideological orthodoxies that are being rebuked by the modern-day Conservative movement? If so, why? - Can "economic populism" mutually co-exist with "market-based" solutions? - How has America's standing in the world changed vis-à-vis the views of Modern Conservative and a "traditional" Conservative? - The rise of the "BLEXIT" movement during the Trump era. - The Tea Party movement -- where are they now? - Is Pres. Trump the de facto leader and trendsetter for the modern Conservative Movement? ************* IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: the "Movement Politics" series are purely intended to be for discussion purposes only, as the NYCPF does not endorse or advocate on behalf of any groups, candidates, ideologies, organizations, or political parties. ************* Previous Movement Politics series: ▨ Part One -- "The "Alt-Right" and the "Regressive Left" (http://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/233692074/) ▨ Part Two -- The Rise and the (Ostensible) Fall of the Religious Conservatives in the U.S. (http://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/231673634/) ▨ Part Three -- Black Lives Matter (https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/221141584/) ▨ Part Four -- #MeToo (https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/252130474/) ▨ Part Five -- "Democratic Socialism" (https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/254427411)

Foreign Policy Forum: US-DPRK Summit II, Iraq, Myanmar, and Anti-BDS Bill

Join us for this month's featured Foreign Policy discussion, covering some of the most consequential events unfolding on the world stage. The discussion topics will include: 1) The Second U.S.-North Korea Summit -- We'll assess the outcome of second Trump-Kim Summit, including the takeaways, highlights, any real commitments or platitudes toward the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. 2) Myanmar -- As the Rohingya refugee crisis enters its fourth year, we'll discuss latest conditions on the ground, as well the World's reaction to this near-neglected humanitarian crisis. 3) Iraq -- We'll discuss the continuing role of the U.S. in the post-occupation era. The latest announcement of the withdrawal of the U.S. troops in Syria has shed light about security concerns in Iraq. 4) Combating BDS Act of 2019 -- Senate's first order of business this year was the passage of S-1 (https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/1/text#idB9D55ED16FE3443F8D6B1E75763EFF93). The fate of this anti-BDS bill lies in the House for its final passage. We'll discuss the purported merits and aims of the bill. More details to follow. ************** IMPORTANT: this event will be announced about 8 to 11 days before the event, at which time the RSVP window will open for registration.

Debate: "The regulation of Free Speech creates a more 'civil' society."

Come watch a live debate on the contentious topic of "Free Speech." Kyree (https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/members/130850192/) and Nancy (https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/members/212089790/) will team up against Anthony (https://www.meetup.com/debateclub-6/members/270262852/) and Ryan (https://www.meetup.com/debateclub-6/members/245972308/) to engage in a civil and thoughtful debate on this topic. The debate will be moderated by Matthew (https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/members/236056539/). Here's the final language of the debate resolution: "The regulation of Free Speech creates a more 'civil' society." The debate will be in an "Oxford-style" format (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debate#Oxford-style_debating). ************** The event schedule: 6:00 -- doors open 6:15 -- introduction by the moderator 6:30 to 8:00 -- the debate! 8:00 to 8:15 -- event wrap-up PLEASE NOTE: due to the limited seating arrangements, there will only be thirty seats available, on a first-come basis. The remaining attendees will be accommodated via "standing-room" only. Therefore, an on-time arrival is strongly recommended. ************** IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The NYCPF is a nonpartisan organization. As such, we do not promote or advocate on behalf of any particular issues or causes. Rather, our aim is to foster independent, critical thinking by exchange of views with the highest level of intellectual rigor. ************** If you wish to participate in the future debates, please contact one of the Organizers directly. ********************** Previous Debate Night @ WeWork: ▨Jan 18, 2019 "Affirmative action is necessary to redress past racial injustices." (https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/257427434/) ▨ Nov. 30, 2018: "On balance, illegal immigrants are a 'net positive' to society." (https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/256231796/)

Past events (209)

Foreign Policy Preview of 2019

Le Pain Quotidien Flatiron

Photos (672)