A Firing Line Debate: Resolved: That Social Security Should Be Privatized

Firing Line Videos, Hoover Institution, taped on December 4, 1996, uploaded to YouTube on March 5, 2015.

Guests: Pierre S. Du Pont, John C. Goodman, Peter G. Peterson, Henry J. Aaron, Robert Eisner, Robert Kuttner, Theodore R. Marmor


Is the Social Security system a Ponzi scheme that can’t long survive the retirement of the last baby-boomers, as Mr. Buckley suggests? Or is it, as Robert Eisner puts it, the “system which has lifted the elderly out of poverty to at least the same extent as people of working age?” Either way, all the debaters agree the system needs to change, even if they cannot agree how.