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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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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.

    Did COVID Come From a Lab?

    Did COVID Come From a Lab?

    Best-selling science and technology author Matt Ridley and University of Utah virologist Stephen Goldstein debate the resolution: "It is likely…

    • 1 hr 33 min
    What's the Best Argument for Libertarianism?

    What's the Best Argument for Libertarianism?

    Free State Project activist Dennis Pratt and Soho Forum director Gene Epstein debate the resolution, "A better way to persuade more people of libertarianism is to convince them of the ethics stemming from self-ownership and the non-aggression principle, without relying primarily on consequentialist/utilitarian arguments."

    • 1 hr 39 min
    Debate: Austrian vs. Chicago Economics

    Debate: Austrian vs. Chicago Economics

    Soho Forum Director Gene Epstein and Chicago school economist David Friedman debate the resolution, "The Austrian economics of Mises and Rothbard contains economic intuitions that are important, correct, and missing from Chicago School economics."

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Glenn Greenwald and Alan Dershowitz Debate Bombing Iran

    Glenn Greenwald and Alan Dershowitz Debate Bombing Iran

    Professor and legal scholar Alan Dershowitz and Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Glenn Greenwald debate the resolution, "The U.S. should strike Iran's…

    • 1 hr 52 min
    A Soho Forum Discussion of COVID with Tom Woods

    A Soho Forum Discussion of COVID with Tom Woods

    Brent Orrell of the American Enterprise Institute and podcaster and author Tom Woods debate the resolution, "Government-imposed restrictions during the Covid pandemic were prudent and essential."

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Did Capitalism Fail During the Pandemic?

    Did Capitalism Fail During the Pandemic?

    Joe Nocera of The Free Press and Gene Epstein of The Soho Forum debate the resolution, "Capitalism has been a…

    • 1 hr 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
182 Ratings

182 Ratings

TampaPierce ,

Weirdly I am binging this

Don’t know how or why I stumbled upon it but these debates are exciting, insightful, well-organized, with big names and influential arguments - I am learning more listening to both sides debate than any other podcast journey I’ve been on. Thank you!!!

Evan Stevoid ,

Kate Klonick vs common sense

Kate Klonick is what is wrong with the country and politics. She seems to believe that government is good and people are stupid, that the government needs to remove freedoms from people to protect them from themselves.

She is an idiot at best and more likely simply evil.

barnaclejafee ,

Excellent debate series

If you are interested in thinking about what freedom means or how we can be more free, this is a great debate series for you.

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