03/10/2011 02:21 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Watch: Demos and The Ayn Rand Center Debate "Government: What Is Its Proper Role?"

After the 2008 financial crisis and its aftermath a great political divide emerged among many Americans reexamining the direction of our country. One side says that unleashed free-market policies led to the worst downturn since the Great Depression, and calls for effective government to foster more equitable prosperity. The other side says that government has grown too big and too intrusive, and calls for the country to rediscover the virtues of limited government and free-market capitalism.

Moderated by WNYC's Brian Lehrer, this unique debate series will examine this divide and the social, economic, and moral beliefs that underlie politics in America today.

Tonight, I will debate Yaron Brook, President of The Ayn Rand Center. The evening's topic will be "Government: What Is Its Proper Role?"

The size and scope of government has become one of the most contested issues in American politics. What is government's proper role? Should it focus on protecting individual rights and free markets? Or on promoting equality and solving society's problems?

Join Demos, The Ayn Rand Center and WYNC's for part one of this three part debate series in person in New York City, or right here via LIVE Webcast.

When: Tonight, March 10th 2011 from 6 to 8PM EST
Where: NYU's Skirball Center