I’m pleased to announce that my latest book, Capitalism versus Socialism: The Great Seligman-Nearing Debate of 1921 has been published and is now available for purchase as a paperback from Amazon and Barnes & Noble (as well as other places). There is also an ebook version for the Amazon Kindle.
The book dissects a 3-hour long debate that took place 100 years ago, on January 23rd, 1921 in NYC, between two economists: the stodgy old Columbia professor, E.R.A. Seligman and the much younger outspoken activist Scott Nearing. I look at the debate and the debate participants against the background of their times. It is a mix of history, biography, politics and economics.
If you ever wondered how this capitalism/socialism question has been argued over the years, whether the arguments change or improve or not, this book dives into that question. (Hint: One side of the argument has improved and refined its argument, while the other side is nearly unchanged after 100 years.)
You can also get a flavor of the book by reading my recent article on Mises Wire: “Debating Socialism: The Seligman-Nearing Debate at 100” (or the audio version narrated by Michael Slack.)