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A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US) was founded in 2006 to restore civility, reasoned analysis, and constructive public discourse to today's often biased media landscape. IQ2US has presented more than 120 debates on a wide range of provocative and timely topics. From clean energy and the financial crisis, to the Middle East and the death of mainstream media, IQ2US brings together the world’s leading authorities on the most important issues of the day.

02/17/2020
The Facts

"If you have the facts on your side, pound the facts; if you have the law on your side, pound the law; if you have neither the facts nor the law, pound the table." ― Carl Sandburg

Big Tech was founded on innovation-inspired idealism. Is it living up to its promises?
02/17/2020
Intelligence Squared US

Big Tech was founded on innovation-inspired idealism. Is it living up to its promises?

The development of AI is creating a new relationship between humans and machines.Is a self-aware and self-evolving machi...
02/17/2020
Artificial Intelligence: The Risks Could Outweigh the Rewards

The development of AI is creating a new relationship between humans and machines.

Is a self-aware and self-evolving machine a friend or foe?

As technology rapidly progresses, some proponents of artificial intelligence believe that it will help solve complex social challenges and offer immortality via virtual humans. But AI’s critics are sounding the alarm, going so far as to call its development an “existential threat” to mankind.

Israel and argument — two words that have been inseparable since the state was founded 71 years ago. And since IQ2 was f...
02/16/2020
Anti-Zionism Is the New Anti-Semitism

Israel and argument — two words that have been inseparable since the state was founded 71 years ago. And since IQ2 was founded 14 years ago, we have explored Israel-related arguments multiple times.

On Thursday, February 27th, we are doing it again. 👇

Zionism, or the belief in the Jewish right to self-determination in the land of Israel, has been the topic of contentious global debate for decades. And while the United States government is making moves to strengthen its special relationship with Israel, such as relocating the U.S. embassy from Tel...

According to a 2018 study, conservatives report greater life satisfaction than liberals. Is this a result of a higher qu...
02/13/2020
For A Better Future, Live In A Red State

According to a 2018 study, conservatives report greater life satisfaction than liberals. Is this a result of a higher quality of life in red states?

Read the study: http://bit.ly/2Szv1fz

Comparing economic growth, education, health care, quality of life and environment, and the strength of civil society, do red or blue states win out?

The United States spends more on health care than any other nation. Can our current system bring costs down without dimi...
02/13/2020
The U.S. Health Care System Is Terminally Broken

The United States spends more on health care than any other nation. Can our current system bring costs down without diminishing the quality of care?

Criticized by patients, providers, and politicians alike, the United States health care system is hardly a crowd-pleaser. But is the most expensive health care system in the world beyond repair?

02/10/2020
Are Protests Examples of Free Speech?

Do student protests highlight free speech? Or an intolerance to it?

We debate the real-life example of John Ashcroft's scheduled appearance at Yale:

02/07/2020
Are Cops Looking For Crime?

Are cops looking for crime in minority neighborhoods? Or does it occur more often there, requiring increased police presence?

An ex NYPD officer and Manhattan Institute for Policy Research scholar debate:

Combatting climate change is ever-present in today's political dialogue. Should scientists include mitigation techniques...
02/06/2020
Engineering Solar Radiation Is a Crazy Idea

Combatting climate change is ever-present in today's political dialogue. Should scientists include mitigation techniques like geoengineering in the conversation?

Solar geoengineering, an ambitious set of experiments that aim to reduce the amount of sun and heat that reaches the planet, has gained momentum in recent years. But just what are the risks – and possible rewards – of using techniques like injecting reflective particles into the stratosphere to ...

Cast your vote now –– Is the two-party system good for democracy?
02/06/2020
Two Cheers for Two Parties

Cast your vote now –– Is the two-party system good for democracy?

As the nation gears up for the 2020 presidential election, we ask: Is the two-party system good for democracy? Does relying on two hugely powerful political bodies drive division and push voters to the extremes? Or does the two-party system moderate the electorate and make the nation governable? Thi...

Is the U.S. responsible for the liberal world order? If so, is it threatened under President Trump?
02/05/2020
Western Democracy Is Threatening Suicide

Is the U.S. responsible for the liberal world order? If so, is it threatened under President Trump?

Recent waves of populism and nationalism - including those that fueled Brexit and Donald Trump - have some fearing the end of Western democracy. But are these events really a threat to the liberal world order?

02/05/2020
Organic Food And The Real World

Is organic food worth the hype? Professor Sir John Krebs argues it's a sideshow for the world's real food problems.

Is the American political system broken? In his new book, Ezra Klein argues that the system isn't malfunctioning, it's d...
02/04/2020
Ezra Klein on Why We're Polarized: Discourse Disrupters

Is the American political system broken? In his new book, Ezra Klein argues that the system isn't malfunctioning, it's doing exactly what it was designed to accomplish.

Is the American political system broken? In his new book, Ezra Klein argues that the system isn't malfunctioning, it's doing exactly what it was designed to accomplish. In this special episode of Discourse Disrupters, John Donvan sits down with one of the nation's most prominent political journalist...

02/04/2020
Silicon Valley Going Dry?

Worried about the tech rush going dry in California? Silicon Valley is a state of mind, according to this former assistant secretary of state.

02/04/2020
Bill Nye on Nuclear Power, Monsanto, and Changing Your Mind

When Bill Nye offers advice, we listen. Stream his keynote conversation from "It’s Time to Expand Nuclear Power."

Bill Nye joins Intelligence Squared for a special keynote conversation with John Donvan, as they discuss Bill's first IQ2US debate, the science behind nuclea...

Many environmentalists have opposed nuclear power, citing its potential dangers and difficult waste. Is the carbon-free ...
02/03/2020
It’s Time to Expand Nuclear Power

Many environmentalists have opposed nuclear power, citing its potential dangers and difficult waste.

Is the carbon-free power source worth the radioactive risk?

For decades, the development of nuclear power has sparked staunch debate among scientists, politicians, and activists alike. Proponents claim that nuclear energy is the most effective way to combat climate change while still meeting the world's growing demand for energy. But its critics argue that e...

Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron condemned anti-Zionism as no different from anti-Semitism. Is it possible to...
02/03/2020
Anti-Zionism Is the New Anti-Semitism

Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron condemned anti-Zionism as no different from anti-Semitism. Is it possible to distinguish between the two?

Zionism, or the belief in the Jewish right to self-determination in the land of Israel, has been the topic of contentious global debate for decades. And while the United States government is making moves to strengthen its special relationship with Israel, such as relocating the U.S. embassy from Tel...

02/03/2020
Far-Left Versus President Trump

How would a far-left Democrat fare against President Trump in the 2020 election? Economic analyst Steve Rattner isn't optimistic.

Will the Middle East Peace Plan alienate the U.S. from its Middle Eastern allies?
02/01/2020
The U.S. Should Step Back From Its Special Relationship With Israel

Will the Middle East Peace Plan alienate the U.S. from its Middle Eastern allies?

Israel believes America’s special relationship is vital. It is, certainly, to Israel. But what about for the US? Should the US consider putting some distance between itself and Israel? Would such a change in policy serve American interests, or is it a move we would come to regret?

02/01/2020

How does globalization affect American workers?

Will autonomous vehicles solve our transportation problems? Or create more?
02/01/2020
All Hail the Driverless Car!

Will autonomous vehicles solve our transportation problems? Or create more?

What if the next car you buy or taxi you hail drives itself? Driverless cars, also known as autonomous or self-driving vehicles, are currently in test-drive mode around the globe. Should we proceed with caution? Or embrace the driverless car? This debate is presented in partnership with the Adam Smi...

Which results in the best user experience: regulation or unmonitored innovation? Policymakers and Big Tech execs both ar...
02/01/2020
Europe Has Declared War on American Tech Companies

Which results in the best user experience: regulation or unmonitored innovation? Policymakers and Big Tech execs both argue they're acting in the best interest of the consumer.

European regulators are taking on American technology companies – including Apple, Facebook, and Google – in a big way, with regulations that, they say, will protect tech users’ data and privacy. Is Brussels waging war against Silicon Valley? Or will these regulations restore faith in American...

In our latest podcast episode, Vox's Ezra Klein joins Intelligence Squared to discuss his new book "Why We're Polarized,...
01/31/2020

In our latest podcast episode, Vox's Ezra Klein joins Intelligence Squared to discuss his new book "Why We're Polarized," and the effects that polarization has on our national discourse. Listen here: https://smarturl.it/iq2podcast

The American economy glitters on the outside, but former IMF chief economist Simon Johnson argues that our reality isn't...
01/30/2020
Science and the Economy: Discourse Disrupters

The American economy glitters on the outside, but former IMF chief economist Simon Johnson argues that our reality isn't as bright. Hear his vision for the future:

Can focusing on science and technology transform how Americans think about the economy and the future of the nation's working class? In this episode of Discourse Disrupters, former IMF chief economist Simon Johnson joins host John Donvan for a conversation about his new book, "Jump-Starting America:...

01/30/2020

Neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander felt confident he understood what happens to the brain when one loses consciousness. Then he had his own near-death experience.

Is death final? https://smarturl.it/PostDeathMain

01/30/2020
Nuclear Power: Too Expensive, Too Slow?

Opponents of nuclear power have argued the energy source is too costly and too slow to implement. Energy for Humanity co-founder Kirsty Gogan argues these projections are wrong.

Should scientists combat aging? 🎂Those in favor argue it could lead to more productive, prosperous societies. Opponents ...
01/29/2020
Lifespans Are Long Enough

Should scientists combat aging? 🎂

Those in favor argue it could lead to more productive, prosperous societies. Opponents of longer lifespans retort the move would lead to overpopulation and depletion of resources.

What if we didn’t have to grow old and die? The average American can expect to live for 78.8 years, an improvement over the days before clean water and vaccines, when life expectancy was closer to 50, but still not long enough for most of us.

With Bill Nye, Kirsty Gogan, Dan Poneman, Greg Jaczko, and Arjun Makhijani
01/29/2020

With Bill Nye, Kirsty Gogan, Dan Poneman, Greg Jaczko, and Arjun Makhijani

With Bill Nye, Kirsty Gogan, Dan Poneman, Greg Jaczko, and Arjun Makhijani

Does relying on two hugely powerful political bodies drive division and push voters to the extremes? Or does the two-par...
01/28/2020
Two Cheers for Two Parties

Does relying on two hugely powerful political bodies drive division and push voters to the extremes?

Or does the two-party system moderate the electorate and make the nation governable? Reply below!

As the nation gears up for the 2020 presidential election, we ask: Is the two-party system good for democracy? Does relying on two hugely powerful political bodies drive division and push voters to the extremes? Or does the two-party system moderate the electorate and make the nation governable?

ICYMI: Last week, we asked our live audience to determine whether "It's Time To Expand Nuclear Power." How do you think ...
01/28/2020
It’s Time to Expand Nuclear Power

ICYMI: Last week, we asked our live audience to determine whether "It's Time To Expand Nuclear Power." How do you think they voted?

For decades, the development of nuclear power has sparked staunch debate among scientists, politicians, and activists alike. Proponents claim that nuclear energy is the most effective way to combat climate change while still meeting the world's growing demand for energy. But its critics argue that e...

01/28/2020
Compensating College Athletes

Many students argue they attend school specifically to play their sport. How would compensation for athletic performance impact academic performance?

UPCOMING DEBATE: Is it possible to distinguish anti-Zionism from anti-Semitism?
01/27/2020
Anti-Zionism Is the New Anti-Semitism

UPCOMING DEBATE: Is it possible to distinguish anti-Zionism from anti-Semitism?

Zionism, or the belief in the Jewish right to self-determination in the land of Israel, has been the topic of contentious global debate for decades. And while the United States government is making moves to strengthen its special relationship with Israel, such as relocating the U.S. embassy from Tel...

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I come to you with questions. Please help me understand what the principles or standards of behavior are that Donald Trump upholds that some people believe in? Is it his ethics? His moral code? His behavior? Rules of conduct? His high standards? "Values" is generally defined as a person's principles or standards of behavior; one's judgment of what is important in life. Jesus says, ‘I was a stranger. How you treat the stranger is how you treat me. How you treat the sick is how you treat me. How you treat the poor is how you treat me,’” These are the most important people to Jesus and appear to be the least important to this administration. Was Jesus's message transactional? There is a conflict between the politics of Jesus and the politics of Trump. Racial bigotry is a deal breaker for the Gospel. White nationalism, which Donald Trump embraces and champions, isn’t just racist — it’s anti-Christ. Dehumanizing immigrants isn’t just racist — it’s anti-Christ. Demeaning women isn’t just sexist — it’s anti-Christ. At some point, do Christians have to ask themselves: Are the teachings of Christ going to be followed or not?
This is a job for Intelligence Squared:
The issue of Medicare for All is a matter of CHOICE. Your employer chooses how your healthcare needs are financed or you choose to support a publicly accountable entity, Medicare for All, which provides comprehensive medical care as a universal public plan. Or the private health insurer plan which collects premiums from you and your employer but profits by denying payments for medical needs.
After the Roaring Twenties, Hoover and his Secretary of the Treasury were sort of run out of town. FDR stopped that from sinking Capitalism after he used a War, and a Bretton Woods agreement to boost our spirits and stimulate the economy. Nixon may have given the purpose of Capitalism another brief moment of fame with his invention of Fiat Money, I know it had been tried before. The Tarp buyout seems to have delayed the inevitable, but what is next for an economy that seems to stagger from crisis to crisis, without the assistance of the Middle Class? How many 401 K Plans still fund the bonus checks that draw the economics grads to Wall Street? How long will this Dead Cat Bounce keep the playful activity of Capitalism afloat? Will Trump become a new Hoover? Is he a sacrificial lamb to the Gods of Capitalism? Just how will humans handle another economic crisis? That is the question I have been asking for a couple of years....
Timely issues are debated by knowledgeable persons and the audience has an opportunity to ask questions following hearing the positions of the debaters. The points are not presented by politicians.
Suggestion - would love to see iq2 try to align more with the Intellectual Dark Web. That is where your audience is at
I'd like to submit for consideration something around the topic of government incentivizing major corporations. "Do corporations like Amazon and Foxconn need public assistance?" seems like too big a spin. Maybe a motion like: "The benefits of incentivizing economic development are worth the cost and risk of governmental support."
DEBATE THIS ! APPARENTLY THE THREAT OF NUCLEAR WAR IS OF NO CONCERN TO FINANCIAL PEOPLE, FOR THEY ARE BLINDED BY "EDUCATION" & COLOR OF MONEY ! and IT'S NOT A TRADE WAR, IT'S AN ECONOMIC WAR (or it should be) TO ELIMINATE N. KOREAN NUCLEAR WEAPONS, GET RID OF Un, END THE KOREAN WAR AND UNITE NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA. One of the most profound statement since the 1950's; "the U.S. will not trade with any country that trades/supports North Korea" (paraphrased ) : THE TRUMP DOCTRINE: China; allow N. Korean military/family defectors safe passage to other countries. ALL NATIONS need to announce that the U.S. and others will not accept any imports from China, Russia, Iran, Cuba or any other country that assists N.K." Naysayers will contend that the U.S. and the world will suffer the greatest depression the world has ever known. I contend that China will cave (give in) first because China can't afford to lose it's exports. The Chinese economy is having trouble and the U.S.A. doesn't need them to purchase any more of our National Debt; the Trump Ax can/will reduce government spending, so no need to increase the National Debt. We don't need all their junk; we can make it in the U.S. and make it better. China has up to recently arrested people leaving N.K. and sent them back to N.K. where they were exterminated. After Trump's trip to Asia, it appears that China has started to build temporary housing for N.K. defectors, along the river that separates China and N.K. Japan and Radio Free Asia broadcast propaganda into N.K. along with S. Korea. S. K. has an army of assassins getting ready to go North. It shouldn't take long before the military people and their families defect, leaving Un without enough support to continue to threaten anyone. He no longer has enough money to keep bribing the military with expensive gifts so he either gives them a pat on the back and a badge or has them executed. The Trump doctrine needs to be extended. S. Korea and the U.S. can take care of the nuclear materials after Un is gone; China stay out; North and South can be united again. And the Trump Doctrine needs to be extended to the United Nations; support the defectors or get out of New York! We can use the building to house N. Korean defectors ! For those that don't want war with N.K., or don't want to buy their agreement not to build nuclear weapons, as we did with Iran, support Trump. William E. Fortune, Lee, NH [email protected] January, 2018 ---------------------------------------- News Reports: China is planning to build five camps that could accommodate thousands of North Korean refugees, The New York Times reported Monday. According to The Times, a leaked document from state-run China Mobile that appeared on the microblogging site Weibo, said the telecommunications company was contacted to check for "viable internet service" at the five sites in the northeast border province of Jilin. “Because the situation on the China-North Korea border has intensified lately, Changbai County government plans to set up five refugee sites in Changbai,” the document reportedly stated. " ……………. When questioned by The Times, a spokesperson for China's foreign ministry said they were not aware of reports about the refugee camps, but did not deny the plans to build them. Jilin has a large border with North Korea and is close to the nuclear-test site North Korean defectors often escape to China because of the countries' large shared border. Jilin province alone has a 200 kilometer (124 mile) border with North Korea and most of it is split by the narrow Tumen River, which is shallow enough to wade across in summer or walk on when frozen in winter. China used to send North Korean refugees back The refugee camps could indicate a shift in China's policy on North Korean refugees. In the past, China has said it does not recognize North Korean defectors as refugees but as illegal economic migrants. Those who are caught are apprehended and many sent back to North Korea, where they face almost guaranteed torture. “Those North Koreans have illegally crossed the border due to financial hardship in their homeland. They did not go through normal immigration procedures and also disrupted public order in our border regions," a Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman was quoted as saying by Korea Times two years ago. Just earlier this year, China appeared to tighten its crackdown on North Koreans entering the country. According to Human Rights Watch, In July and August, (2017) 41 North Koreans were apprehended, nearly as many in all of 2016. Of all those, nearly half have been sent back to North Korea."
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LETS GET BEHIND SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN! Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at The National Press Club National Press Club Live Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) gave a major policy speech on ending corruption in Washington at a National Press Club Headliners Newsmaker on August 21, 2018.