From the 2016 presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders, to the 2018 congressional campaign of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the idea of “democratic socialism” appears to have captured a large segment of the American imagination. But what exactly is democratic socialism? Would a socialist America be a more socially just America? Is socialism a viable form of economic organization for a complex and dynamic society? Join USD’s Center for Ethics, Economics, and Public Policy for a debate featuring Vivek Chibber, professor of sociology at New York University, and Michael Munger, professor of political science at Duke University.

Sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies and the Center for Ethics, Economics, and Public Policy at the University of San Diego. Free and open to the community. No registration required.


March 12, 2019
4:00 pm


Michael Munger is professor of political science, economics, and public policy at Duke University. He is a past president of the Public Choice Society and (since 2013) a co-editor of The Independent Review. He is the author of more than 200 academic articles and seven books, the most recent of which are Choosing in Groups, with his son Kevin Munger, and Tomorrow 3.0: Transaction Costs and the Sharing Economy.

Vivek Chibber is an American academic, social theorist, editor, and professor of sociology at New York University, who has published widely on development, social theory, and politics. Chibber is the author of two books, Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital (Verso, 2013) and Locked in Place: State-Building and Late Industrialization in India (Princeton, 2003).