Episode 176: Gene Epstein – ‘Mommy Was a Commie, How I Rose from Stalinism to Libertarianism’

by | Nov 2, 2018

67 Minutes

Suitable for All Ages

Mance welcomes Gene Epstein to the show. Gene is an economist and former editor at Barron’s Magazine who now is the Director of the Soho Forum Debate Series in NYC.

Recently, Gene participated in a debate with Jacobin Magazine founder Bhaskar Sunkara. The referendum was, “Socialism is more effective than capitalism in bringing freedom to the masses. At the beginning of the event Gene mentioned that his mother was a “card-carrying communist” and that he is a former “Democratic Socialist.”

Mance asked Gene to come on the show to talk about his family, his former beliefs and what brought him to libertarianism and Austrian Economics.

Epstein/Sankara Debate

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About Peter R. Quiñones

Peter R. Quiñones hosts the Free Man Beyond the Wall podcast. He released his first book, Freedom Through Memedom – The 31-day Guide to Waking Up to Liberty in November 2017. It reached #4 in the Libertarian Section on Amazon. He has spoken at Liberty Forum in Manchester, New Hampshire and is one of the Executive Producers on the documentary, “The Monopoly on Violence."

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