Daniel Di Martino
Daniel Di Martino was born in 1999 in Venezuela to a middle-class family. His grandparents escaped poverty and oppression in Italy and Spain in the 1950s, seeking a better future in the then 4th richest country in the world, Venezuela. Italy was destroyed by fascism and World War II and Spain by the Spanish Civil War and the Franco regime. Yet, despite not having a high school education and 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 drastically reduced due to inflation, and he was forced to line up for food and basic necessities for hours due to the socialist policies of Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro.
In 2016, he left Venezuela to go to college at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) thanks to a full-tuition scholarship that is given to only one international student per year. At IUPUI, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with honors and the highest distinction in Quantitative Economics in December 2019. Daniel’s experience in Venezuela taught him that any country, no matter how rich or democratic, can fall into the trap of “democratic” socialism and gradually lose all its prosperity. In America, he saw the rise of socialism on 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 is now a PhD in Economics candidate at Columbia University, where he specializes in applied microeconomics and immigration. He is also a Young Voices contributor, a Bienvenido Outreach Council member, a Newsmax insider, and a speaker with the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. Daniel regularly writes op-eds for major news outlets, appears on national TV, and travels to speak at events to discuss his experience in Venezuela, economics, immigration, and foreign policy.