Debate Discussion Party
Ask Gene Anything about the Capitalism vs. Socialism debate!
Ben Burgis vs. Gene Epstein
Socialism. is preferable to capitalism as an economic system that promotes freedom, equality, and prosperity.
For the Affirmative:
Ben Burgis is a philosophy instructor at Georgia State University Perimeter College, a Jacobin columnist, and the host of the Give Them An Argument podcast. His upcoming book The Blueprint, co-written with Jacobin editor Bhaskar Sunkara and economist Mike Beggs, presents a possible model of Full Democratic Socialism designed to avoid both the calculation problems that afflict Soviet-style central planning and the workplace authoritarianism and brutal economic inequality generated by capitalism.
For the Negative:
Gene Epstein is the former Economics and Books Editor of Barron’s. He worked as a senior economist for the New York Stock Exchange. He’s appeared on podcasts that include Russ Roberts’ “EconTalk,” “The Tom Woods Show,” Dave Smith’s “Part of the Problem,” and the Reason podcast. He is the Executive Director of the Soho Forum and has defended the negative at six Soho Forum debates. His November 2019 debate on socialism with Prof. Richard Wolff has received more than 1.2 million views on Youtube.
5:00 PM: Doors Open
6:00 PM: Debate Watch
7:45 PM: Gene in the hot seat to answer questions & discuss
Lower Mills at Salmon Falls
Three Front Street
Rollinsford, New Hampshire
Refreshments will be served.