October 7, 2019
Except for laws prohibiting the sale of drugs to minors and driving while impaired, all laws that penalize drug production, distribution, possession, and use should be abolished, along with special "sin" taxes on drugs.
Jacob Sullum is a senior editor at Reason magazine and a nationally syndicated columnist vs. Alex Berenson who is a former reporter for the New York Times.
September 10, 2019
The Libertarian Party should never again put up national candidates whose views are similar to those of Gary Johnson and Bill Weld.
Dave Smith is a stand up comedian, and host of the podcast "Part of the Problem," vs. Nicholas Sarwark of the Chairman of the Libertarian National Committee since 2014.
August 12, 2019
Bitcoin is poorly suited to the purpose of becoming any nation’s main medium of exchange.
George Selgin of the Cato Institute and Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Georgia vs. Saifedean Ammous who is the author of The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking, the first book on the economics of Bitcoin.
July 15, 2019
Postmodernism is necessary for a politics of individual liberty.
Thaddeus Russell heads Renegade University, runs the podcast, "Unregistered with Thaddeus Russell," vs. Stephen Hicks who is a Professor of Philosophy at Rockford University.
June 17, 2019
Given Social Security's nearly $3 trillion trust fund, the system cannot add to the federal deficit.
Teresa Ghilarducci, Economics Professor at the New School vs. Gene Epstein, the Director of the Soho Forum and former Editor of Economics and Books at Barron's.
May 13, 2019
There is little or no rigorous evidence that vegetarian/vegan diets are healthier than diets that include meat, eggs, and dairy.
Nina Teicholz is an investigative science journalist and author of The Big Fat Surprise vs. Dr. David Katz who is the founding director of Yale University’s Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center.
April 15, 2019
There is little or no rigorous evidence that rising concentrations of carbon dioxide are causing dangerous global warming and threatening life on the planet.
Craig Idso of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change vs. Jeff Bennett who is an astrophysicist and educator.
March 18, 2019
To resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israel must first achieve defeat of the Palestinian movement.
Elan Journo Director of Policy Research at the Ayn Rand Institute vs. Major Danny Sjursen who is a U.S. Army strategist and former history instructor at West Point.
February 20, 2019
"The financial crisis of 2008 was caused mainly by government-induced distortion of markets rather than caused mainly by intrinsic market failure."
John Allison, former CEO of Branch Banking and Trust Corporation, vs. Moody's Analytics Chief Economist Mark Zandi.
January 14, 2019
“Since the federal government fostered housing segregation in the 20th century, the government should foster housing integration in the 21st.Since the federal government fostered housing segregation in the 20th century, the government should foster housing integration in the 21st.”
Richard Rothstein of the Economic Policy Institute, vs. Howard Husock of the Manhattan Institute.
December 3, 2018
“Governments of the advanced industrial economies should phase out the use of paper money in the form of large-denomination notes and sharply restrict the use of crypto-currencies.”
Kenneth Rogoff, Thomas D. Cabot Professor at Harvard University, vs. Lawrence White, Professor of Economics at George Mason University.
November 14, 2018
“The message of anti-racism has become as harmful a force in American life as racism itself.”
John McWhorter, an English and Comparative Literature Professor at Columbia University, vs. Nikhil Pal Singh, a Social and Cultural Analysis and History Professor at New York University.
October 15, 2018
“Socialism is more effective than capitalism in bringing freedom to the masses”
Bhaskar Sunkara, the founding editor and publisher of Jacobin, vs. Gene Epstein, the Director of the Soho Forum and former Editor of Economics and Books at Barron's.
September 13, 2018
“While laws that prohibit gun ownership would reduce crimes perpetrated by criminals, that benefit would be more than offset by the foregone opportunities for defensive gun use by victims of crime.”
Gary Kleck, Professor of Criminology at Florida State University, vs. Paul Helmke, Professor at Indiana University.
August 27, 2018
“Is the best way to end global poverty free markets or government action?”
William Easterly, an Economics Professor at New York University, vs. Joseph Stiglitz, an American economist and Professor at Columbia University.
July 2, 2018
“Bitcoin, or a similar form of cryptocurrency, will eventually replace governments' fiat money as the preferred medium of exchange."
Erik Voorhees, the CEO of ShapeShift, vs. Peter Schiff, the CEO and Chief Global Strategist of Euro Pacific Capital.
June 11, 2018
“The U.S. Constitution should be interpreted and applied according to the original meaning communicated to the public by the words of the text."
Randy Barnett, Georgetown University Law Professor vs. Michael Dorf. Cornell University Law Professor.
May 14, 2018
“All government support of higher education should be abolished."
Bryan Caplan, Economics Professor at George Mason University, vs. Edward Glaeser, Economics Professor at Harvard.
April 16, 2018
“Fractional reserve banking poses a threat to the stability of market economies."
Robert Murphy, Professor in the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University, vs. George Selgin of Cato Institute.
March 19, 2018
“There is a rape culture on college campuses that creates an unsafe environment for female students."
Michael Kimmel, Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University, vs. Cathy Young, a contributor to Reason magazine and a weekly columnist at Newsday.
February 12, 2018
“All the laws requiring those convicted of sex offenses to put their names in a registry should be abolished."
Emily Horowitz, Professor at St. Francis College vs. Marci Hamilton, Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
January 16, 2018
“Selfishness is a virtue."
Yaron Brook, the Executive Chairman of the Ayn Rand Institute, vs. Gene Epstein, Director of the Soho Forum.
December 11, 2017
“Fifteen million able-bodied adults on government welfare would have a better chance at economic betterment if they were taken off welfare."
Tarren Bragdon of the Foundation for Government Accountability vs. Neera Tanden of the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund.
November 13, 2017
“The U.S. government should unilaterally abolish all tariffs and duties on imports and all subsidies to exports, thereby making all reciprocal trade agreements with other countries unnecessary."
Don Boudreaux of George Mason University vs. Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government.
October 16, 2017
“All Affirmative Action programs in public colleges and universities that are based on ethnic-racial composition should be abolished.”
Peter H. Schuck of Yale University vs. Michael Meyers of the New York Civil Rights Coalition.
September 19, 2017
"The U.S. government should offer a Medicare-like plan that would be available to all Americans buying health insurance."
Paul Starr of Princeton University vs. David Goldhill, the CEO of GSN.
July 11, 2017
"Parents should have the choice to opt out of public schools and redirect the taxpayer tuition money for their children to other approved schools or educational options."
Bob Bowdon of ChoiceMedia.TV vs. Samuel Abrams of Columbia University.
June 13, 2017
"Adam Smith should be honored as the founder of modern economics and free-enterprise capitalism."
Mark Skousen of Columbia Business School vs. Gene Epstein of Barron's Magazine.
May 16, 2017
"America's colleges have fostered a racist environment that makes them a hostile space for African American students."
Lawrence Ross, an author of historical texts, vs. Kmele Foster of TelcoIQ and the Fifth Column Podcast.
April 12, 2017
"The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation should be abolished in favor of private sector solutions for protecting the safety of bank deposits."
George Selgin of Cato Institute vs. Josh Barro of Business Insider.
March 13, 2017
"A market system for medical care would save more people from suffering inadequate care than any other system."
Michael Cannon of Cato Institute vs. Jonathan Cohn of The Huffington Post.
February 13, 2017
"U.S. immigration policy should be to issue migration visas, without any numerical limitations, to all applicants who are not on a terrorist watch list, and who do not otherwise have criminal records or contagious diseases."
Benjamin Powell of Texas Tech University vs. Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies.
January 17, 2017
"Based on his record of accomplishments, Barack Obama has been a great president."
Jonathan Chait of New York Magazine vs. Matt Welch of Reason..
December 12, 2016
"The United States should be prepared to use force in defense of friendly nations even when not subject to the direct threat of force."
Richard Epstein of New York University vs. Chris Preble of Cato Institute.
November 1, 2016
"Libertarians should vote for Donald Trump in the presidential election."
Walter Block of Loyola University vs. Nick Gillespie of Reason.
October 17, 2016
"Robots will eventually dominate the world and eliminate human abilities to earn wages."
Robin Hanson of George Mason University vs. Bryan Caplan of George Mason University.
September 19, 2016
"There is a war on cops that makes everyone less safe."
Heather Mac Donald of Manhattan Institute vs. Tim Lynch of Cato Institute.