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Reason presents a libertarian-themed debate series recorded monthly before a live audience in New York City. Moderated by former Barron’s Economics Editor Gene Epstein, the Soho Forum features Nobel prize winners, radical thinkers, and other public intellectuals facing off over the future of abortion, bitcoin, electric vehicles, government debt, illegal drugs, robotics, sex work, and other controversial topics.

Reason presents a libertarian-themed debate series recorded monthly before a live audience in New York City. Moderated by former Barron’s Economics Editor Gene Epstein, the Soho Forum features Nobel prize winners, radical thinkers, and other public intellectuals facing off over the future of abortion, bitcoin, electric vehicles, government debt, illegal drugs, robotics, sex work, and other controversial topics.
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Reason presents a libertarian-themed debate series recorded monthly before a live audience in New York City. Moderated by former Barron’s Economics Editor Gene Epstein, the Soho Forum features Nobel prize winners, radical thinkers, and other public intellectuals facing off over the future of abortion, bitcoin, electric vehicles, government debt, illegal drugs, robotics, sex work, and other controversial topics.

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Episodes

Is Socialism Preferable To Capitalism? A Soho Forum Debate

11/8/2019
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Richard D. Wolff squares off against Gene Epstein on which system better promotes freedom, equality, and prosperity.

Duration:01:39:42

Should Adults Be Allowed to Use Any Drug They Choose? A Soho Forum Debate

10/30/2019
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Reason's Jacob Sullum and former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson debate eliminating laws that prohibit the use and sale of narcotics.

Duration:01:25:48

How Can The Libertarian Party Effect Real Change? A Soho Forum Debate

9/20/2019
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Dave Smith and Nicholas Sarwark debate the 2016 Libertarian Party ballot, what constitutes success in an election, and how to effectively share libertarian principles.

Duration:01:34:50

Can Bitcoin Replace Central Banking? A Debate

8/24/2019
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Listen to economists Saifedean Ammous and George Selgin face off at the Soho Forum.

Duration:01:21:42

Is Postmodernism Marxist or Libertarian? A Soho Forum Debate

7/26/2019
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Thaddeus Russell and Stephen Hicks debate human nature, moral relativism, and the nature of truth.

Duration:01:27:41

How Secure is Social Security? A Debate

7/12/2019
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Gene Epstein and Teresa Ghilarducci debate whether the social security trust fund exists or is merely an accounting fiction.

Duration:01:25:14

Vegetarians vs. Omnivores: A Soho Forum Debate

5/31/2019
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Listen to journalist Nina Teicholz face off against David L. Katz, MD, the founding director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, at an event in New York City.

Duration:01:30:28

Does Middle East Peace Require a Two-State Solution or a Palestinian Defeat? A Debate

3/29/2019
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Should Israel negotiate with Hamas and Fatah, or are they unwavering enemies in a protracted struggle?

Duration:01:33:30

What Caused the 2008 Financial Crisis: Market Distortions or Market Failure? A Debate

2/27/2019
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Former BB&T Bank CEO John Allison vs. Moody's Mark Zandi

Duration:01:16:17

Government Caused Housing Segregation. Do We Need More Government to Fix the Problem?

1/23/2019
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The Manhattan Institute's Howard Husock debates Economic Policy Institute's Richard Rothstein at the Soho Forum.

Duration:01:38:19

A Crackdown on Cash and Bitcoin? Curbing Crime vs. Empowering the Surveillance State

12/14/2018
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Economists Kenneth Rogoff and Lawrence H. White face off over what the impact would be of a ban on cryptocurrency and phaseout of the $100 bill.

Duration:01:32:44

Has Anti-Racism Become as Harmful as Racism? John McWhorter vs. Nikhil Singh

11/30/2018
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Watch the Oxford-style debate hosted by the Soho Forum.

Duration:01:43:25

Should Facebook and Twitter Censor Themselves? A Debate.

11/16/2018
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What should the culture of free speech, free expression, and ownership look like on our social media platforms?

Duration:01:26:07

Socialism vs. Capitalism: Jacobin's Bhaskar Sunkara and Economist Gene Epstein Debate

10/25/2018
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Which economic system is most effective at bringing freedom to the masses?

Duration:01:45:27

Would More Gun Control Lead to More Crime? A Debate

9/24/2018
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Criminologist Gary Kleck debated Paul Helmke, the former president and CEO of the Brady Center, at the Soho Forum.

Duration:01:21:04

Can the Free Market End Global Poverty? Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz vs. NYU's William Easterly

9/13/2018
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Watch two leading development economists debate at the Soho Forum.

Duration:01:27:19

Has the U.S. Constitution Lost Its Meaning? A Debate

6/22/2018
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Law professors Randy Barnett and Michael Dorf argued over "originalism" at an event hosted by the Soho Forum.

Duration:01:31:36

Resolved: The Government Should Cut Off All Funding to Colleges and Universities.

5/24/2018
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Economists Bryan Caplan and Edward Glaeser debate at the Soho Forum.

Duration:01:32:27

Does Fractional Reserve Banking Endanger the Economy? A Debate

4/27/2018
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Texas Tech University's Robert Murphy vs. Cato's George Selgin at the Soho Forum

Duration:01:24:44