COMING DEBATES AT THE SOHO FORUM


Tuesday,
January 16,
2018

Resolution

Selfishness is a Virtue."*

Cash bar opens at 5:45pm
Event starts at 6:30pm
Subculture Theater
45 Bleecker St,
NY, 10012

Seating must be reserved in advance.

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*Guest-moderator will be Judge Andrew Napolitano, the youngest life-tenured judge of the New Jersey Superior Court. A nationally recognized expert on the U.S. Constitution, Judge Napolitano has been the Senior Judicial Analyst at Fox News since 1998. He is the author of seven books, most recently: Theodore and Woodrow: How Two American Presidents Destroyed Constitutional Freedom.

For the affirmative:

Yaron Brook is the executive chairman of the Ayn Rand Institute and can be heard weekly on The Yaron Brook Show, which airs live on the BlogTalkRadio podcast and on TheBlaze Radio. His books, co-authored with Don Watkins, include Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand's Ideas Can End Big Government, and Equal Is Unfair: America's Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality.  Brook was a columnist at Forbes.com, and has been published in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Investor’s Business Daily. Born and raised in Israel, he became an American citizen in 2003. He earned a BSc in civil engineering from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel, and received his MBA and PhD in finance from the University of Texas at Austin.

For the negative:

Gene Epstein has recently stepped down from a 26-year stint as Economics and Books Editor of Barron's, with plans to write long-form articles and books, and to continue as director and moderator of the Soho Forum. His books include Econospinning: How to Read between the Lines when the Media Manipulate the Numbers. He has taught economics at the City University of New York and St. John’s University, and 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,” and the Reason podcast, and has delivered lectures in venues that include the International House in Tokyo; Loyola University in Baltimore; Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala City; the Romanian-American University in Bucharest; and the American Center in Moscow. He was a debater at the Soho Forum this past June on the subject of Adam Smith.


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Monday,
February 12,
2018

Resolution

“All the laws requiring those convicted of sex offenses to put their names in a registry should be abolished."

Cash bar opens at 5:45pm
Event starts at 6:30pm
Subculture Theater
45 Bleecker St,
NY, 10012

Seating must be reserved in advance.

Moderated by Soho Forum Director Gene Epstein.

For the affirmative:

Emily Horowitz is professor and chair of the sociology and criminal justice department at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York, where she founded a program that helps the formerly incarcerated complete college. She serves as a board member for the National Center for Reason and Justice, a national organization that advocates in criminal cases involving those falsely accused and wrongfully convicted of crimes against children, and the Alliance for the Constitutional Reform of Sex Offense Laws, an organization that educates and litigates laws that undermine the civil rights of those convicted of sex offenses and their families. Horowitz is the author of Protecting Our Kids?: How Sex Offender Laws Are Failing Us (2015) and co-editor of Caught in the Web of the Criminal Justice System: Autism, Developmental Disabilities, and Sex Offenses (2017). She has a PhD in sociology from Yale University.

 

For the negative:

Marci A. Hamilton is Fox Professor of Practice and Fox Family Pavilion Resident Senior Fellow in the Program for Research on Religion in the Fox Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the founder, CEO, and Academic Director of CHILD USA, which is dedicated to interdisciplinary, evidence-based research to prevent child abuse and neglect. 
The author of God vs. the Gavel: The Perils of Extreme Religious Liberty  which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, Hamilton is also a columnist for Verdict on Justia.com. Her book, Justice Denied: What America Must Do to Protect Its Children advocates the elimination of child sex abuse statutes of limitations. She holds a JD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.


Monday,
March 19,
2018

Resolution

There is a rape culture on college campuses that creates an unsafe environment for female students."

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Cash bar opens at 5:45pm
Event starts at 6:30pm
Subculture Theater
45 Bleecker St,
NY, 10012

Seating must be reserved in advance.

Moderated by Soho Forum Director Gene Epstein.

For the affirmative:

Michael Kimmel is the SUNY Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University. Among his many books are Manhood in America; Angry White Men; The Politics of Manhood; The Gendered Society; and the best seller, Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men. With funding from the MacArthur Foundation, he founded the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook in 2013.

For the negative:

Cathy Young is a contributing editor at Reason magazine, a weekly columnist at Newsday, and a regular contributor to the Jewish Daily Forward and The Weekly Standard.  She's the author of two books: Growing Up in Moscow: Memories of a Soviet Girlhood (1989) and Ceasefire: Why Women and Men Must Join Forces to Achieve True Equality (1999).  A frequent speaker on college campuses, Young has also been a regular participant in the "Battle of Ideas," a unique annual weekend-long event in London that brings together speakers of diverse perspectives for dozens of panels on various issues.


Monday,
April 16,
2018

Resolution

“Fractional reserve banking poses a threat to the stability of market economies."

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Cash bar opens at 5:45pm
Event starts at 6:30pm
Subculture Theater
45 Bleecker St,
NY, 10012

Seating must be reserved in advance.

Moderated by Soho Forum Director Gene Epstein.

For the affirmative:

Robert P. Murphy is Research Assistant Professor with the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University. He has a PhD in economics from NYU. Murphy is also Senior Economist with the Institute for Energy Research (IER), Senior Fellow with the Mises Institute, Senior Fellow with the Fraser Institute, and Research Fellow with the Independent Institute. He has authored hundreds of articles and several books explaining economics to the layperson, including Choice: Cooperation, Enterprise, and Human Action.

For the negative:

George Selgin is a senior fellow and director of the Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives at the Cato Institute and Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Georgia. His research covers a broad range of topics within the field of monetary economics, including monetary history, macroeconomic theory, and the history of monetary thought. He is the author of The Theory of Free BankingBank Deregulation and Monetary OrderLess Than Zero: The Case for a Falling Price Level in a Growing Economy; and, most recently, Good Money: Birmingham Button Makers, the Royal Mint, and the Beginnings of Modern Coinage.


Monday,
May 14,
2018

Resolution

All government support of higher education should be abolished."

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Cash bar opens at 5:45pm
Event starts at 6:30pm
Subculture Theater
45 Bleecker St,
NY, 10012

Seating must be reserved in advance.

Moderated by Soho Forum Director Gene Epstein.

For the affirmative:

Bryan Caplan is a professor of economics at George Mason University, research fellow at the Mercatus Center, and adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute. His books include The Myth of the Rational Voter,and, The Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money, to be published this January. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University.

For the negative:

Edward Glaeser is a professor of economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1992. He has served as Director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government, and Director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. Prof. Glaeser's academic work has focused on the determinants of city growth and the role of cities as centers of idea transmission. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1992.


Monday,
June 11,
2018

Resolution

The U.S. Constitution should be interpreted and applied according to he original meaning communicated to the public by the words of the text."*

Cash bar opens at 5:45pm
Event starts at 6:30pm
Subculture Theater
45 Bleecker St,
NY, 10012

Seating must be reserved in advance.

Andrew_Napolitano.jpg

*Guest-moderator will be Judge Andrew Napolitano, the youngest life-tenured judge of the New Jersey Superior Court. A nationally recognized expert on the U.S. Constitution, Judge Napolitano has been the Senior Judicial Analyst at Fox News since 1998. He is the author of seven books, most recently: Theodore and Woodrow: How Two American Presidents Destroyed Constitutional Freedom.

For the affirmative:

Randy E. Barnett is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center and the director of the Georgetown Center for the Constitution. His books include Our Republican Constitution: Securing the Liberty and Sovereignty of We the People and Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty. .After taking a JD from Harvard Law School, he  worked as a prosecutor in Chicago.. Barnett is a Senior Fellow of the Cato Institute and the Goldwater Institute.

For the negative:

Michael C. Dorf is Robert S. Stevens Professor of Law at Cornell University Law School. He is the editor, author, or co-author of six books, including On Reading the Constitution, with co-author Laurence Tribe. Since 2000, Dorf has written a bi-weekly column, currently appearing on Justia’s Verdict. He also posts less formal legal analysis several times per week on his blog, DorfonLaw. After taking a JD from Harvard Law School, he served as a law clerk for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and then for Justice Anthony Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States.


Monday,
July 2,
2018

Resolution

“Bitcoin, or a similar form of virtual currency, will eventually replace governments' fiat money as the preferred medium of exchange."

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Cash bar opens at 5:45pm
Event starts at 6:30pm
Subculture Theater
45 Bleecker St,
NY, 10012

Seating must be reserved in advance.

Moderated by Soho Forum Director Gene Epstein.

For the affirmative:

Erik Voorhees is co-founder of the bitcoin company Coinapult, worked as Director of Marketing at BitInstant, and was founder and partial owner of the bitcoin gambling website Satoshi Dice, subsequently sold in July 2013 to an undisclosed buyer. He is also the creator and CEO of the instant bitcoin and altcoin exchange, ShapeShift, having founded and operated it under the alias Beorn Gonthier, until revealing his true involvement with the company, as part of a seed funding announcement, in March 2015.

For the negative:

Peter Schiff is the author of six books, including Crash Proof 2.0, which appeared on both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. He's CEO and chief global strategist of Euro Pacific Capital Inc., a broker-dealer based in Dorado, Puerto Rico, which he helped found. Schiff's father, Irwin, was a prominent figure in the US tax protester movement, who died in federal prison in October 2015 while he was serving a sentence of at least 13 years for tax evasion.