formerly with the Heritage Foundation presented the conventional free-market approach to dealing with poverty. He was opposed by our own Vice-Chair, John Strinka, who presented a Socialist view on the subject.
To begin, Strinka began by observing that the "poor" are not a special class that present a policy "problem", but instead are any of us under constrained circumstances. With that as a foundation, he explained that Socialists empower all people through direct democratic control of the means of production, and indeed, all major institutions of society. This came as a surprise to many of the students who were expecting a defense of bureaucratic, statist solutions.
About 100 undergrads turned up to listen to the debate on a bright, sunny, beautiful end of summer afternoon, which was remarkable in itself. They were rewarded by a thoughtful discussion of very different worldviews and their policy implications, with none of the simplistic reduction and talking over each other that pass for policy discussion on mainstream media.