The Soho Forum Debates
The Soho Forum Debates
The Soho Forum Debates
<em>Reason</em> presents a libertarian-themed debate series recorded monthly before a live audience in New York City. Moderated by former <em>Barron’s</em> 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.
The Electoral College: Keep or Replace? A Soho Forum Debate
Is the electoral college the best system for electing a president? That was the subject of an online Soho Forum debate held on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. Richard Epstein, a law professor at New York University, defended the system against Lawrence Lessig, a law professor at Harvard. Soho Forum director Gene Epstein moderated.
Nov 20
Completely Replace Fossil Fuels Within 20 Years? A Soho Forum Debate
Are fossil fuels an imminent threat to human life, or are attempts to eliminate them more destructive? That was the subject of an Oxford-style online Soho Forum debate hosted on Sunday, October 18th, 2020. Arguing in favor of the complete elimination of fossil fuels over 20 years was Nesbit, the executive director of Climate Nexus. He went up against Lomborg, the president of the Copenhagen Consensus Center. The debate was moderated by Soho Forum director Gene Epstein.
Nov 2
1 hr 35 min
Who Should Libertarians Vote for in 2020? A Soho Forum Update
In July, the Soho Forum hosted a three-way debate asking the question "Who should Libertarians Vote For in 2020?" George Mason Law Professor Ilya Somin made the case for Joe Biden, chair of the Libertarian Party in Los Angeles Angela McArdle argued for Jo Jorgensen, and attorney and Manhattan Contrarian blogger Francis Menton defended Donald Trump. A lot has changed since July, and with the election now less than three weeks away, the Soho Forum hosted another event in which those same three libertarians updated their arguments for their preferred candidates.
Oct 19
24 min
Could All Parents Have 'Pandemic Pods' If There Were More School Choice? A Soho Forum Debate
"The latest in school segregation." That's how the headline of a recent New York Times op-ed described private "pandemic pods,"...
Sep 18
1 hr 34 min
Does COVID-19 Strengthen the Case for Medicare for All? A Soho Forum Debate
The COVID-19 pandemic makes it all the more urgent for the U.S. to install a system of Medicare for All. That was the topic of an online Soho Forum debate held on August 19, 2020. Arguing in favor of the proposition was Gerald Friedman, a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts and the author of the book, The Case for Medicare for All. He went up against Sally Pipes, president of the Pacific Research Institute and author of False Premise, False Promise: The Disastrous Reality of Medicare for All. Soho Forum director Gene Epstein moderated.
Aug 21
1 hr 32 min
Who Should Libertarians Vote For in 2020? A Soho Forum Debate
Should libertarians vote for Biden, Jorgensen, or Trump in the next presidential election? That was the topic of an online...
Jul 24
1 hr 46 min
Radley Balko and Rafael Mangual Debate Systemic Racism
There is overwhelming evidence that the criminal justice system is racist. That was the resolution of an online Soho Forum...
Jun 26
1 hr 31 min
Were the Lockdowns a Mistake? A Soho Forum Debate
"The lockdown has saved hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of lives and spared American hospitals the horrors of rationing...
Jun 5
1 hr 25 min
Does COVID-19 Make Immigration Restrictions Necessary? A Soho Forum Debate
"The current pandemic makes it all the more necessary for the federal government to tighten restrictions on immigration." That was...
May 8
1 hr 26 min
Is It Time to End the Coronavirus Lockdowns? A Soho Forum Debate
The US economy should be liberated from the governments' lockdowns right away. That was the resolution of a virtual debate...
Apr 24
1 hr 26 min
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