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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.

    Does COVID-19 Make Immigration Restrictions Necessary? A Soho Forum Debate

    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...

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Is It Time to End the Coronavirus Lockdowns? A Soho Forum Debate

    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...

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Should the Government Break Up Companies Like Amazon and Facebook? A Soho Forum Debate

    Should the Government Break Up Companies Like Amazon and Facebook? A Soho Forum Debate

    Antitrust should take the initiative to control the size of big tech companies.



    That was the resolution of a public debate hosted by the Soho Forum in New York City on March 9, 2020. It featured Tim Wu of Columbia University Law School, and Richard Epstein of New York University Law School. Soho Forum Director Gene Epstein moderated.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Is Donald Trump's Trade Policy with China Good for Americans? A Soho Forum Debate

    Is Donald Trump's Trade Policy with China Good for Americans? A Soho Forum Debate

    Former presidential adviser Stephen Moore and economist Gene Epstein debate the sagacity of Donald Trump's trade war with China in the latest Reason/Soho Forum debate.

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Will Robots Lead to Widespread Joblessness and Economic Inequality?

    Will Robots Lead to Widespread Joblessness and Economic Inequality?

    Robotics will soon lead to widespread joblessness and the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few.



    That was the resolution of a public debate hosted by the Soho Forum in New York City on January 6, 2020. It featured New York Times bestselling author Martin Ford, arguing the affirmative, versus Antony Sammeroff, spokesperson on economics and environment for the Scottish Libertarian Party. Soho Forum Director Gene Epstein moderated.

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Libertarianism and Abortion: A Debate

    Libertarianism and Abortion: A Debate

    While a pregnant woman should be legally required to help the fetus survive outside of her body whenever that is...

    • 1 hr 27 min

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