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Soho Forum VIP Package - 6 debates

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We are currently offering a VIP package that includes tickets to six debates from June through December (note that the Soho Forum is closed in August), and an invitation to our closed, members-only group, which will provide access to transcripts and mp3s of all debates, a closed chat forum for members, speakers, and moderator, and a platform for suggesting future topics and speakers.

Price: $92 (Value: $108, almost 15% off)

To purchase the VIP package, select any date. You will automatically be added to all events in the package.

Schedule:

JUNE

Tuesday June 13, 2017 -- Mark Skousen vs. Gene Epstein.

Resolution:

"Adam Smith should be honored as the founder of modern economics and free-enterprise capitalism."

JULY

Tuesday July 11, 2017 -- Bob Bowdon vs. Samuel Abrams.

Resolution:

"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."


AUGUST - No debate


SEPTEMBER

Tuesday September 19, 2017 – Paul Starr vs. David Goldhill.

Resolution:

“The U.S. government should offer a Medicare-like plan that would be available to all Americans buying health insurance.”

OCTOBER: TBA

NOVEMBER

Monday November 13, 2017 – Don Boudreaux vs. Rick Manning.

Resolution:

“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.”

DECEMBER: TBA

Event Information:

Cash bar opens: 5:45pm

Meeting convenes: 6:30pm

Wine-and-cheese Reception: 8:15pm




About the speakers:

Tuesday June 13, 2017, Mark Skousen vs. Gene Epstein.

"Adam Smith should be honored as the founder of modern economics and free-enterprise capitalism."

For the affirmative:

Mark Skousen is a nationally known investment expert, economist, university professor and author of more than 25 books. Skousen taught economics and finance at Columbia Business School, Columbia University, Barnard College, Mercy College, Rollins College and Chapman University. He also has been a consultant to IBM, Hutchinson Technology and other Fortune 500 companies. He is the producer of FreedomFest, “the world’s largest gathering of free minds,” which meets every July in Las Vegas. He is currently a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. He earned his Ph. D. in monetary economics at George Washington University.

He recently was named one of the 20 most influential living economists, and in honor of his work in economics, finance and management, Grantham University renamed its business school, “The Mark Skousen School of Business.”

Skousen is the former editor in chief of Forecasts & Strategies,former analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency, a columnist to Forbes magazine, and past president of the Foundation for Economic Education.

He is the author of 25 books, including The Structure of Production; Economics on Trial; Puzzles and Paradoxes on Economics; The Making of Modern Economics; The Big Three in Economics; EconoPower; Economic Logic; The Complete Guide to Financial Privacy; High Finance on a Low Budget; Scrooge Investing; Investing in One Lesson; A Viennese Waltz Down Wall Street; and The Maxims of Wall Street.

For the negative:

Gene Epstein is a nationally known economist, and the economics editor of Barron's, America's premier financial magazine. He is also the books editor at Barron’s, and writes a weekly column called “Economic Beat.”

Epstein is the author of Econospinning: How to Read between the Lines when the Media Manipulate the Numbers; and Making Money in Commodities. 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.

Gene has appeared on Fox, CNBC, and BBC TV, and on podcasts that include Russ Roberts’ “EconTalk,” Dave Smith’s “Part of the Problem,” and “The Tom Woods Show”.

He has delivered lectures in venues that include ​Columbia University, hosted by Students for Liberty; the International House in Tokyo; Loyola University in Baltimore; Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala City; the Romanian-American University in Bucharest; the American Center in Moscow; the International Banking Institute in St. Petersburg; and FreedomFest in Las Vegas.​

Gene Epstein created the Soho Forum, Libertarian Debate Series, and currently acts as the moderator of the series.

Tuesday July 11, 2017, Bob Bowdon vs. Samuel Abrams.

"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."

For the affirmative:

Bob Bowdon is the executive director of ChoiceMedia.TV, an investigative video website devoted to education reform. He is a champion of school choice, charter schools, vouchers, merit pay, and other types of education reform.

Bowdon is a longtime broadcast journalist, television producer, reporter and commentator. His varied career has seen him conducting in-depth on-camera interviews, anchoring newscasts and producing nationally-syndicated TV shows. He’s even appeared in satirical news sketches for the Onion News Network.The Cartel, Bowdon’s award-winning documentary, reveals the nature and extent of corruption in public education. Behind every dropout factory, we discover, lurks a powerful, entrenched and self-serving cartel. And the film puts a human face on those who suffer as a result.

For the negative:

Samuel E. Abrams is Director of the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is the author of Education and the Commercial Mindset, and a chapter on Nordic education inUtbildningsekonomi: Om lärandets värde. In recognition of his promotion of the understanding of Finnish education in the United States, the Finnish government in 2014 made Abrams a Knight, First Class, Order of the Lion of Finland.

Tuesday September 19, 2017 – Paul Starr vs. David Goldhill.

“The U.S. government should offer a Medicare-like plan that would be available to all Americans buying health insurance.”

For the affirmative:

Paul Starr is professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University and co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect magazine.

He received both the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction and the Bancroft Prize in American History for The Social Transformation of American Medicine, originally published in 1982 but out in a new updated edition this year.

Starr served as a senior adviser on health policy in the White House in the first year of the Clinton administration. Among his other books are The Logic of Health-Care Reform (1992) and Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle over Health Care Reform (2011 and 2013), as well as The Creation of the Media: Political Origins of Modern Communications and Freedom’s Power, a history of liberalism which earned the 2005 Goldsmith Book Prize.

At Princeton he teaches in both the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs as well as the Sociology Department. He earned a BA from Columbia University and a PhD from Harvard University.

For the negative:

David Goldhill is president and CEO of GSN, which operates a US cable television network seen in 80 million homes and one of the world’s largest digital games companies. GSN is owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and AT&T.

Prior to joining GSN, Goldhill was chairman and CEO of Independent Network Holdings, Ltd. (INTH), which founded and operated the TV3 television network in Russia through its sale to the Interros Group in December of 2006. He also served as president and COO of Universal Television Group, a division of Universal Studios. In this capacity, he oversaw all operations at the company’s domestic and international cable television networks (including USA and SciFi), cable and network television studios, first-run syndication business and worldwide television distribution.

Goldhill was also the CFO of Act III Communications, a privately-owned holding company with interests in television stations, movie theaters, magazines, and film/television production. He began his career as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley and Lehman Brothers.

In 2009, Goldhill published a widely-acclaimed cover story in The Atlantic magazine entitled “How American Health Care Killed My Father.” In addition to numerous op-eds, he is the author of “Catastrophic Care: Why Everything We Think We Know about Health Care is Wrong” (Knopf, 2013) and “The Real Costs of American Health Care” (Vintage, 2016) and was co-editor of “New York’s Next Health Care Revolution” (Manhattan Institute, 2015). He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Leapfrog Group, an employer-sponsored organization dedicated to hospital safety and transparency.

Goldhill graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. degree in history and holds a M.A. degree in history from New York University.


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