Discussions

Even after our meetups end, the discussions always continue. Here, you can continue the discussions and post additional comments or references. Please be mindful that the Discussion board is self-moderated, so let's keep it classy.

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Political Correctness: is it Good, Complexly-Nuanced . . . or Bullsh*t ?

Political Correctness is generally defined as:

• the avoidance, often considered as taken to extremes, of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalize, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against.

Has it gone too far? Has it morphed into a new social movement for the younger generation?

Some say it enhances "social consciousness," while others proclaim that it's tantamount to thought control and a suppression of Free Speech.

What are your thoughts?

Have you witnessed, or been subject to, certain offensive or incendiary remarks, triggered by insensitivity or utter disrespect?

Or, have you been on the receiving end of what amounted to an overt, undue political correctness?

If so, how do these experiences shape your views?

Also, in an ever-increasingly complex society, what is the proper and tolerable level of "cultural appropriation"? (e.g., the Redskins team logo).

Get ready for an intellectual "no-holds barred," yet civil discussion on this thorny subject.

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MEMBER BLOG: "When Liberalism Shoots Itself in the Foot" (by Michael John -- aka "The Thinker")

PLEASE NOTE: the MEMBER BLOGS are op-eds directly contributed by the NYCPF members -- therefore, the NYCPF neither endorses the opinions expressed, nor verifies as to the veracity of the factual matter asserted. Basically, the MEMBER BLOGS simply offer one of many perspectives on a given issue directly from the members.

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When Liberalism Shoots Itself in the Foot (by Michael John -- aka "The Thinker")



April 8, 2016

I feel the need to write more about politics given that this is an election year and I've always been a political person. I want to gravitate towards writing about higher level phenomena like politic and economics, and discussing the issues and the philosophies around them.

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Roe v. Heller

PLEASE NOTE: the MEMBER BLOGS are op-eds directly contributed by the NYCPF members -- therefore, the NYCPF neither endorses the opinions expressed, nor verifies as to the veracity of the factual matter asserted. Basically, the MEMBER BLOGS simply offer one of many perspectives on a given issue directly from the members.

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Roe v. Heller (by NYCPF member)

February 22, 2016

A friend recently asked the following -
[?] Honest question: why does "Overturn Heller" not have the same populist/rhetorical force that "Overturn Roe" does on the right or that "Overturn Citizens United" does (rather illogically, actually) on the left? It's a terrible precedent - bad textuallism, bad originalism, and (from a liberal perspective) bad consequentialism, all in one package. So... who decides which villainous precedents get villainized?

My response –

The tl;dr:
1) Heller is far less amenable than Roe or Citizens United to easy characterization for use as a political rallying cry;
2) Heller was not actually a huge victory for gun rights.

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MEMBER BLOG: "I Think I Figured Out Trump" (by Michael John -- aka "The Thinker")

PLEASE NOTE: the MEMBER BLOGS are op-eds directly contributed by the NYCPF members -- therefore, the NYCPF neither endorses the opinions expressed, nor verifies as to the veracity of the factual matter asserted. Basically, the MEMBER BLOGS simply offer one of many perspectives on a given issue directly from the members.

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I THINK I FIGURED OUT TRUMP (by Michael John -- aka "The Thinker")



December 9, 2015

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MEMBER BLOG: "Why Latinos Can't Dump Trump" (by Victoria Llerena)

PLEASE NOTE: the MEMBER BLOGS are op-eds directly contributed by the NYCPF members -- therefore, the NYCPF neither endorses the opinions expressed, nor verifies as to the veracity of the factual matter asserted. Basically, the MEMBER BLOGS simply offer one of many perspectives on a given issue directly from the members.

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WHY LATINOS CAN’T DUMP THE TRUMP (by Victoria Llerena)



November 30, 2015

Let’s set the record straight: Trump is by no means a threat to the Latino community. This emotionally reckless real estate tycoon turned reality TV star has transformed our evening news into a spectacle variety prime time show – welcome to American politics. His rants on Mexico sending rapists, drug lords, and criminals have landed him headlines on all national media outlets. And who can forget his infamous one line insult to Univision Host, Jorge Ramos, “Go back to Univision.” Ah yes, dear ol’ Trump, your name has become synonymous to the phrase “Latinos” – ay Dios mio!

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What will the Nation look like under President Ted Cruz ?

This is a first installment of the discussion series entitled "What will the Nation look like under President ________?" Next time, we'll examine "What will the Nation look like under President Sanders"?

Synopsis: Sen. Cruz's campaign is getting red-hot in Iowa, in the final weeks of the preseason. His campaign posted robust fundraising numbers in the final Quarter of 2015. The prolific fundraising numbers show that he can go the distance in this Primary cycle. Candidate Cruz is poised to rack up the delegates during the so-called SEC Primaries in the Southern States (formerly known as "Super Tuesday"). His "Southern Strategy," in all likelihood, will make him the top-tier candidate in this crowded GOP field.

Questions presented: Given the momentum, in a hypothetical scenario, if Sen. Cruz is elected, what types of policies can we expect from this Administration, in terms of:

a) domestic policies (including immigration)

b) fiscal and economic policies

c) foreign affairs and international relations

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The "Arab Spring" — was the U.S.' response appropriate?

Per the "Arab Spring" discussion, the issue is whether this Administration's response and handling in the aftermath of the Uprising were appropriate or misguided.

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The "Arab Spring" — parsing the terminology

Per the "Arab Spring" discussion, the issue is whether the term "Arab Spring" is a misnomer, or a perhaps an etymological creation of the Western media.

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The "Arab Spring" — can Islam and democracy coexist?

Per the "Arab Spring" discussion, the issue is whether a "representative" form of government can exist in an Islamic Republic.

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