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Socialism, Social Democracy, & Capitalism – A Debate on Which is Right for America

March 11, 2020 @ 7:00 pm CDT


The Thompson Center is pleased to be cosponsoring this important event with UW-Madison’s Center for Research On the Wisconsin Economy (CROWE).  This debate will discuss the ideas, philosophy, and practical policy questions behind socialist and social democratic systems, and compare them to capitalist economies (both in ideal form and in current practice in the US).  The debate will also discuss the historical and economic record of socialist and social democratic economies, and relate past experience to current policy proposals.

This debate will feature two highly esteemed professionals:

Brian Leiter, Karl N. Llewellyn Professor of Jurisprudence, and Director of the Center for Law, Philosophy, and Human Values at the University of Chicago Law School  will speak in favor of social democracy (and perhaps eventual socialism).  Dr. Leiter is an expert in moral, political and legal philosophy; constitutional law; evidence; freedom of speech and religion; and academic freedom.

Bryan Caplan, Professor Economics at George Mason University and Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center will speak in favor of capitalism.  Dr. Caplan specializes in public economics, public choice, psychology and economics, public opinion, economics of the family and education, genoeconomics, and Austrian economics.  A great deal of his professional work has been devoted to the philosophies of libertarianism and free-market capitalism.


March 11, 2020
7:00 pm CDT


Venue Room
H.F. DeLuca Forum


UW–Madison – Discovery Building
330 N Orchard St
Madison, WI 53715 United States
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