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***IMPORTANT: If you've already attended the original meeting on July 13th, please refrain from RSVPing. This "encore" event is open only to those who didn't attend the original July 13th meeting. ****************** Partisan gerrymandering, double jeopardy, the Census Bureau's questionnaire about citizenship status, a display of religious symbol in the public -- these are just a handful of cases from the Court's docket during its[masked] Term. Oh, and the newly-minted Justice Kavanaugh was on the bench by the time oral arguments for many of these cases were heard before the Court. This year marks a drastic ideological turn for the Court, as it is now a solidly conservative institution for many years to come. ****************** Well, it's that time of the year again -- as the Court wraps up its[masked] Term, a series of important decisions will be handed down in the waning days. As always, we'll be discussing these cases from a prism of political or public policy lenses. No prior legal experience, or a comprehensive understanding of the Constitution or the Supreme Court jurisprudence is required. That being said, we'll discuss the following cases: ▨ The American Legion v. American Humanist Assoc. Issue: Is the passive display and maintenance of a cross unconstitutional? Does the expenditure of funds to maintain a cross amount to the government’s "excessive entanglement" with religion? A full text of the Court's opinion can be accessed here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/18pdf/17-1717_4f14.pdf ▨ Gamble v. U.S. Issue: Should the Court overrule the “separate sovereigns” exception to the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment? A full text of the Court's opinion can be accessed here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/18pdf/17-646_d18e.pdf ▨ Dept. of Commerce v. New York Issue: Was it proper for the Secretary of Commerce to reinstate a question about citizenship to the 2020 census questionnaire? A full text of the Court's opinion can be accessed here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/18pdf/18-966_bq7c.pdf ▨ Rucho v. Common Cause Issue: Is North Carolina’s 2016 congressional map an unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering scheme? A full text of the Court's opinion can be accessed here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/18pdf/18-422_9ol1.pdf ** As we discuss these cases, we'll explore various legal concepts such as "stare decisis" and "agency deference." There's no mandatory reading assignment -- the links to the individual cases are for reference only. The moderator will summarize the pertinent statement of facts and focus the discussion in the critical analysis of the Court's opinions. ** ADDITIONALLY, we'll preview the SCOTUS docket for the[masked] term, including many high profile cases involving DACA, Second Amendment, abortion . . . and the "Bridgegate." ********* Previous SCOTUS Term in Review discussions: ▨ The[masked] Term (http://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/222111121/) ▨ The[masked] Term (https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/231673271/?eventId=231673271) ▨ The[masked] Term (https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/241005317) ▨ The[masked] Term (https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/251065057)
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 work of Steve Bannon and the legacy of the late Andrew Breitbart. To that end, we'll explore the following questions: - What are the deep-rooted philosophical basis for their theories and views? - What makes their appeal so controversial? - Have their views and positions always remained intellectually consistent? - What do their rise to popularity indicate about the cultural or political climate of his time period? We will then examine each individual's theories and policy positions, including: BANNON - His role in as the executive chair of Breitbart News. - His nationalist views couched as "populism." - His affiliation and appeasement to the Alt-Right. - His criticism of traditional "capitalism." - His opposition to the partisan establishment, including the pro-interventionist foreign policies - The allegations of, and ties to, any xenophobic, nativist, racist, and pro-White Supremacist views and organizations. - Finally, how his work and views, as well as the Breitbart organization influenced the Trump Presidency. His collection of filmography are listed here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Bannon#Filmography BREITBART - His transformation from a liberal to a conservative. - How the news website of his namesake (Breitbart News) shaped the conservative media landscape. - His role, as an activist, in shaping the conservative movement, for issues such as the government overreach and anti-liberalism. - Breitbart and his news organization's ongoing criticisms of the institutional bias in the media and in Hollywood. - Counterfactual analysis: if he were alive today -- his role as a media personality in the Era of Trump. *** Finally, criticisms, if any, of Breitbart News, as an organization, in providing a platform for the Alt-Right and others with "extremist" views. ************************ 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: ▨ Noam Chomsky (April 13, 2019): https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/260117021/ ▨ Milton Friedman (Feb. 23, 2019): https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/258359948/ ▨ 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/ ************************ *** IMPORTANT: this meeting will be announced about 8 to 12 days before the event, at which time the RSVP window will open for registration.
It's been a while since we've discussed major events unfolding on the world's stage. For this meeting, we'll discuss the following: ▨ Iran: The drumbeat for a military showdown is getting louder, as the military hardliners on both sides of the confrontation continues to spew dangerous rhetoric, making a military escalation ostensibly all but inevitable. ▨ India : We'll discuss the outcome of the recent presidential elections, including the major campaign issues and the challenges ahead. ▨ Sudan: As Sudan ousts its long-reigning dictator, military crackdown begins, erupting in widespread violence against the "pro-democracy" movement. We'll discuss the latest, including the civilian-military power-sharing deal. ▨ Hong Kong: This month marks the 22nd anniversary since the U.K. relinquished its control. Massive protests have taken over the streets to protest the authoritarian measures proposed by the mainland. More details to follow.