Josh and I had an interesting conversation with Gene Epstein who hosts The Soho Forum, a monthly debate series held in Manhattan. It features topics of special interest to libertarians, and aims to enhance social and professional ties within the NYC political community.
Some of the topics we discuss include artificial intelligence and its effects on the service industry, autonomous vehicles and the need for truck and taxi drivers, and testing crypto theories.
We also dove into the discussion involving Facebook Coin and whether similar institutions can be trusted to not inflate their currency.
About the Guests:
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. His last published book was 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. He has defended the negative successfully (in terms of Oxford-style voting) at three Soho Forum debates: on Adam Smith (6/13/17), Ayn Rand (1/16/18), and on socialism (10/1518).
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