Debate: The Soho Forum — Ryan McMaken vs. Jonathan Casey

  • February 21, 2023
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


The break-up of the United States into different regions is a workable option likely to bring a marked improvement in human affairs.

For the affirmative:

Ryan McMaken is a senior editor and economist for the Mises Institute where he has published more than a thousand articles focusing largely on the global economy, foreign affairs, and political decentralization. He previously worked as an economist for the State of Colorado and as a lobbyist at the Colorado General Assembly. He is the author of Breaking Away: The Case for Secession, Radical Decentralization, and Smaller Polities and Commie Cowboys: The Bourgeoisie and the Nation-State in the Western Genre. He has received degrees in economics, public policy, and international relations from the University of Colorado. He lives in Colorado with his wife and four children.

For the negative:

Jonathan Casey is the founder and Chair of the Libertarian Party Classical Liberal Caucus. Located in Dallas, he is the father of three who was homeschooled through grade school but unschooled in high school. As a college dropout, he became a small business owner after several years in management. His biggest influences are Milton Friedman, Ludwig von Mises, and Ron Paul. He has worked and volunteered in the liberty movement for several years, specializing in communication. He founded the CLC to promote a professional and policy based message from the Libertarian Party.

About the Event

Debate Location:

The Sheen Center

18 Bleecker Street

New York, NY 10012

Debate Details:

6:00 PM: Doors Open

6:30 PM: Meeting Convenes

Reception Location:

Gene Epstein & Hisako Kobayashi’s Apartment

Reception Details:

8:00 PM: Doors Open

Food and drink are included with a Reception ticket

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Moderated by Soho Forum Director Gene Epstein.