Daniel Di Martino
Daniel Di Martino was born in 1999 in Venezuela to a then middle class family. His grandparents escaped poverty and oppression in Italy and Spain, seeking a better future in the then 4th richest country in the world, Venezuela. Yet, despite not having a high school education and some having to learn a new language, his family prospered under Venezuela’s relatively free market and strong democracy in the second half of the 20th century. But Daniel saw how socialism transformed the once prosperous nation that welcomed his grandparents into a poor and dangerous place. His family’s income was cut to a fraction due to inflation and he was forced to line up for basic necessities for hours due to the socialist policies of Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro. Blackouts and water shortages became commonplace and heinous crimes became everyday stories. In 2016, Daniel left Venezuela to go to college at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis thanks to a full scholarship. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Quantitative Economics on December 2019 and is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics at Columbia University in New York City. Daniel’s experience in Venezuela taught him that any country, no matter how rich or democratic can fall in the trap of “democratic” socialism and gradually lose all its prosperity. In America, he saw the rise of socialism in college campuses and became a major advocate for free markets using his story to educate Americans, especially those in his generation, about why more freedom, not socialism, is the way to make America even greater than it already is. Daniel has written for outlets such as USA Today, the Washington Examiner, and the Daily Wire, and appeared on national TV dozens of times. He regularly speaks at colleges and to freedom activist partnering with student organizations and local conservative and libertarian groups, and at major events across the country such as CPAC and the Heritage Foundation Resource Bank.