Events & Activities

Socialism vs. Capitalism Debate


Wednesday, October 30, 2019


2 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.


Scott Northern Wake Campus
Building E Auditorium
6600 Louisburg Road
Raleigh, NC 27616
Bldg. E

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Speakers:  Dr. Richard Salsman and Dr. John Komlos

Description: Wake Tech's James Roberson moderates two distinguished speakers, authors, and professors –Dr. John Komlos and Dr. Richard Salsman -- to debate Socialism vs. Capitalism.  Don't miss it!


Parking Instructions:  Off-campus visitors attending this event should park in the student-designated areas of the parking decks. 
Parking Lot F - Closed:

Speaker Bios:
Dr. Salsman is a professor of political economy in the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) Program at Duke University. He specializes in monetary economics,  public finance, and the morality of capitalism. In addition to dozens of articles, he is the author of three books: Breaking the Banks: Central Banking Problems and Free Banking Solutions, Gold and Liberty, and, most recently, The Political Economy of Public Debt: Three Centuries of Theory and Evidence. Professor Salsman is also the founder and president of InterMarket Forecasting, Inc., a senior fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research, and a contributing editor at The Objective Standard. He received his BA in Law and Economics from Bowdoin College, his MA in Economics from New York University, and his PhD. in Political Science from Duke University (2012).

Dr. Komlos is a retired professor of economics from the University of Munich, Germany where he taught for 18 years.  He also taught in Austria, in Switzerland as well as at UNC, Duke, and Harvard Universities. He was born in Hungary, a holocaust survivor, and has lived through Fascist and communist dictatorships.   PLUS he experienced a Revolution before being brought by his parents to the US. He holds PhDs from the University of Chicago in Economics and in History where he studied under the Nobel-Prize-winning economist Robert Fogel. He founded the journal Economics and Human Biology. Since retirement, he has focused on the current state of the US economy, which culminated in the textbook, The Foundations of Real-World Economics, now in its second edition.

Kelly Markson, Ph.D.
Senior Professor, Business Administration
Wake Tech Community College


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