Socialism vs. Capitalism: A Debate with Jacobin Magazine

Which economic system is most effective at bringing freedom to the masses? Jacobin magazine’s Bhaskar Sunkara and economist Gene Epstein in a live debate.


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Is socialism more effective than capitalism in bringing freedom to the masses?

That was the resolution at a recent public debated hosted by the Soho Forum on October 15, 2018. It featured Bhaskar Sunkara, the founding editor and publisher of Jacobin magazine, and Gene Epstein, the Soho Forum’s director and former economics and books editor of Barron’s. Naomi Brockwell moderated.

It was an Oxford-style debate in which the audience votes on the resolution at the beginning and end of the event, and the side that gains the most ground is victorious. Epstein, arguing the negative, prevailed by convincing about 11 percent of audience members to change their minds.

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