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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.

The Soho Forum Debates The Soho Forum Debates

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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.

    A Feminist Debate on Sex Work

    A Feminist Debate on Sex Work

    Do people who hire sex workers deserve to go to jail, or should all laws prohibiting consensual sex work be repealed?



    On May 9, 2022, writer and activist Julie Bindel debated Reason's Elizabeth Nolan Brown at the Sheen Center in lower Manhattan. The resolution was "A good society should criminalize the purchase of sex."

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Send The U.S. Military to Taiwan?

    Send The U.S. Military to Taiwan?

    Should the United States use military force to deter China from invading Taiwan?

    That was the subject of this month's Soho Forum debate, which took place in front of a full house at the Sheen Center in downtown Manhattan.

    Brookings Institution senior fellow William Galston said yes. Former State Department diplomat Peter Van Buren said no.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Regulate Social Media? Jonathan Haidt Debates Robby Soave

    Regulate Social Media? Jonathan Haidt Debates Robby Soave

    Haidt, professor of ethical leadership at New York University and co-founder of Heterodox Academy, defended the debate resolution, "The federal government should increase its efforts to reduce the harms caused by social media."

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Two Libertarians Debate Vaccine Mandates

    Two Libertarians Debate Vaccine Mandates

    Ilya Somin and Angela McArdle debate the resolution, "While vaccine mandates are an infringement on freedom, some are justified due to their big payoff in lives saved."

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Abolish Intellectual Property Rights?

    Abolish Intellectual Property Rights?

    The United States Constitution explicitly calls for copyright and patent laws  to "promote the progress of science and useful arts"...

    • 1 hr 30 min
    U.S. Foreign Policy: Bill Kristol vs. Scott Horton

    U.S. Foreign Policy: Bill Kristol vs. Scott Horton

    Bill Kristol vs. Scott Horton: "A willingness to intervene, and to seek regime change, is key to an American foreign policy that benefits America."

    • 1 hr 34 min

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Voter ID

Voter ID is common sense. Regardless of party. The arguments against Voter ID are soft racism.

There are other aspects of restrictions that may have merit, but there in no valid reason against Voter ID.

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My biggest problem is with Andrew and his blatant lies without skipping a beat. Like for example the Dakota’s he said that they have higher cases and deaths than majority of states with communist lockdowns. That is a blatant lie. Especially South Dakota hasn’t locked hardly anything down since day one. Also the compliments are ridiculous. It’s one thing to be civil and recognize others views but it’s another to constantly compliment the others ignorance. And Andrew I believe the 30 percent plus of all med sizes businesses that are DESTROYED would be absolutely disgusted with the way you promote these unconstitutional lockdowns for political agendas. I always threw up a few times listening to your lies and ignorance and I believe that’s probably why you are in California and please stay there.

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