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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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Hey! My name is Tatiana Moroz. I am a passionate singer-songwriter heavily involved in the Libertarian and Bitcoin movement. I have created the first ever artist cryptocurrency Tatiana Coin and also founded an activist talent agency called Same Side Entertainment. I recently launched Crypto Media Hub which is an advertising network for the Bitcoin world and beyond. It's free for advertisers and we work with almost every major media outlet in the space including Bitcoin Magazine, YBitcoin, Bitcoinist, Brave New Coin, Let's Talk Bitcoin, Coin Telegraph and many more.

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  • Who would you like to see debate live on Liberty.me?

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  • I have been paying attention to the craziness going on over on YouTube and I think it would be a good idea for all of us to post links to alternate social media sites. Sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are starting to try to shut down a lot of people so I think it is a good idea to start finding backups at the very least. I will list the few I am aware of I will add I have not yet used any of these… https://www.full30.com/ this is a firearms based site and it has come up a few times in conversation on other sites as the back up location for most of the major firearms content producers should YouTube and Facebook start shutting them out. https://www.minds.com/ this has been recommended by multiple YouTubers as a back up site should things get to bad. My understanding is it is still in beta however. If anyone is wondering what YouTubers they are Black Pigeon Speaks and Computing Forever but my understanding is a LOT of YouTubers have already moved there. https://becandid.com/ This one was mentioned by Black Pigeon Speaks and I think it is for mobile only but I am simply putting everything I am aware of on this list. If you are aware of any other sites please add to this list. Also goes without saying liberty.me

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  • Not too long ago I decided to ask a Scottish Socialist an economic question about the socialist system he advocates on his YouTube channel: “Due to the preclusion of exchange for goods of higher order, what is the basis for state officials directing the alternative applications of the factors of production towards thousands of different and changing consumer needs and wants of different urgencies in the least-cost manner for society at large?” The answer to my own question was basically going to be that state officials cannot have a basis for directing the factors of production due to the absence of the price mechanism, but as you can see in the comments section he didn’t really answer my question. As you can see above, he has now responded to my question with a new video, but after listening to it I cannot compile a sufficient answer to reply with in order to get him to understand where he is mistaken. http://www.youtube.com/all_comments?v=yN5_YWv–WA Can you tell me what point he is still missing?

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  • After reading Jon Beauchemin’s article ‘Practical Anarchy is All Around Us’ and comments to my question of the funniest/dumbest arguments against a freer society and it became even more clear how many of them are based in fear. Some like ‘muh roooads’ are fear of inconvenience or fear of the loss of freedom to travel easily, but for some reason the TSA is an acceptable invasion of privacy when flying. Which is truly surprising, since flying is also the answer the the ‘who would build the roads’ question. Answer: anyone, and who cares? We could fly!?! But I digress. It seems fear is behind almost every objection. One of the biggest objections being that the physically strong, rich and/or influential would have to much power, and a government must restrain them. Ignore for a moment that this argument defeats itself – we need strong people we have little control over to protect us from strong people we have little control over – and note what this fear really means. These people likely agree with us that they would like a freer world, but they are terrified that without government people as prone to lying as Pelosi might control a delivery company. Someone as vacuous and backpedaling as Boehner would run and insurance company.  Or someone as formerly popular as Obama might become an arbitrator of contracts. These are terrifying thoughts! Politicians would be in the market, and think of all the evils they might perpetrate then, you know, when you and I actually had to deal with them. Now while we know that the market would force these people to be relatively good actors(no one buys a shit-sandwich just because their competitor is a douchbag), most people have never thought this through. The reality of the situation is, the vast majority of our interactions with government are mostly just inconveniences. Violations of our rights to be sure, but imagine for a second you have not focusing on educating yourself about markets, and freedom, and your rights, but are a typical citizen. Imagine how terrifying an image it would be to have politicians running companies, charities, or preaching in your churches. Letting these sociopaths, psychopaths, and megalomaniacs run around outside of D.C. and state capitals is a terrifying idea. So how do we convince people that their biggest fear, is not of not having very limited(or no) government, but of having to interact with people currently in government?

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  • Describe a typical day living under your ideal sociopolitical atmosphere.

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