Free Trade

Tonite: Watch Debate About Free Trade with Don Boudreaux and Rick Manning

New Soho Forum debate will be streamed on Facebook Live. Viewers can ask questions, vote on winner!


Soho Forum

Watch George Mason University economist and Cafe Hayek blogger Donald J. Boudreaux and Americans for Limited Government's Richard Manning in a live debate about free trade at tonight's The Soho Forum. The debate will be viewable on Reason's Facebook page and in the embed below.

Once the event starts at 6:45 P.M. Eastern time, submit a question in the comments, and we'll pick a couple of the best to be read aloud during the Q&A session.

You can help pick the winner by voting on the resolution now at After the closing arguments, you'll have a chance to vote again.

Tonight's 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." Boudreaux will be defending the proposition and Manning will be attacking it.

Reason is proud to partner with the Soho Forum, a monthly debate series moderated and co-founded by Gene Epstein and held at the SubCulture Theater in New York City's East Village. Tickets cost between $10 and $18 and are still available for tonight's debate. Go here for details.

For audio and video of past Soho Forum debates, go here.

To get a reminder of tonight's debate, go here. To watch debate, come back to this post between 6:45 P.M. and 7:00 P.M. Eastern time and refresh the box below. Or go to Reason's Facebook page.

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  1. Boudreaux and his piercing Free Market Gaze of Death.

    1. An Open Letter to Fist of Etiquette

      Dear Mr. Etiquette,

      On November 13, you characterized my gaze as being motivated by my free market beliefs and capable of causing onlookers’ deaths…

      1. I’ve never gotten an open letter before. Or any letter, come to think of it.

  2. Can I vote for Boudreax now? Because I dont think the debate will change my mind.

  3. I watched the entire thing. I’m still not sure if Don’s opponent was serious or not. Not to criticize Don. He has my utmost respect. I visit cafehayek daily. I hope Don wouldn’t set up a straw man debate.

  4. Is there any reputable economist, either Left or Right, that disagrees that trade is always and everywhere beneficial? Yes, they will all agree that that there can be temporary local downsides, but all agree that overall trade is good for an economy. It’s one of the very very few things that all economists agree on.

    If putting a wall between California and Mexico is supposed to be good for California, then why not a wall between Oregon and California? Or between Orange County and Los Angeles County? Or between Downy and Whittier?

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