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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.

Reducing global temperatures: Is it possible for individual countries to make a difference?
12/19/2019
Engineering Solar Radiation Is a Crazy Idea

Reducing global temperatures: Is it possible for individual countries to make a difference?

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 ...

Is “the daily grind” good after all? Make your arguments for or against a capitalist society below! Stream the full deba...
12/19/2019

Is “the daily grind” good after all? Make your arguments for or against a capitalist society below!

Stream the full debate 👉 https://smarturl.it/CapitalismDebate

12/17/2019
Censorship on Social Media

Social media platforms are rolling out new features to combat hate speech online. Should First Amendment advocates be concerned?

Gain a global perspective! 🌍 Check out two of our favorite debates about America's role in the world:
12/16/2019
Intelligence Squared US

Gain a global perspective! 🌍 Check out two of our favorite debates about America's role in the world:

Does anti-Zionism = anti-Semitism? Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, argues that  the answer is u...
12/16/2019
Opinion | What That Executive Order Really Means

Does anti-Zionism = anti-Semitism?

Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, argues that the answer is unequivocally yes.

Do you agree?

And the debate over whether it will protect Jews and suppress criticism of Israel on campus.

"Love thy neighbor." Are borders bad? Or a necessity to communities? Make your argument below!
12/16/2019
What Are Borders For?

"Love thy neighbor."

Are borders bad? Or a necessity to communities? Make your argument below!

For most of history, they marked sovereignty or self-determination. A new hardening suggests that their purpose has changed.

The economy will likely be a leading campaign talking point for President Trump in 2020. Should it be?
12/15/2019
Unresolved: America's Economic Outlook

The economy will likely be a leading campaign talking point for President Trump in 2020. Should it be?

By most accounts, the American economy is booming — manufacturing is at a 13-year high, unemployment is at a 16-year low, and both the stock market and consumer confidence are soaring. But just what is driving this upturn? And can Americans trust that current economic conditions will hold up in th...

Picture a dinner party with the Pope and Charles Darwin. How would you chime into that conversation? 🍴
12/14/2019
Science Refutes God

Picture a dinner party with the Pope and Charles Darwin. How would you chime into that conversation? 🍴

For some, modern science debunks many of religion's core beliefs, but for others, questions like "Why are we here?" and "How did it all come about?" can only be answered through a belief in the existence of God. Can science and religion co-exist?

12/12/2019
Genes & Obesity

Do your genes make you more or less likely to be overweight?

The 2020 campaign is well underway, with President Trump once again the star Republican. What (or who) caused the "Trump...
12/12/2019
Blame the Elites for the Trump Phenomenon

The 2020 campaign is well underway, with President Trump once again the star Republican. What (or who) caused the "Trump Phenomenon"?

Does support for Trump reflect an uninformed populism and misplaced anger by a large swath of the American electorate? Or have the elites failed to empathize with their struggles, and failed to craft effective policies to help them cope?

North Korea has continued testing at one of its rocket sites. We've heard this piece of news before –– should Americans ...
12/10/2019
Negotiations Can Denuclearize North Korea

North Korea has continued testing at one of its rocket sites. We've heard this piece of news before –– should Americans take the threat of a nuclearized North Korea seriously?

How should the United States respond to North Korea’s rapidly advancing nuclear capabilities? Some experts suggest the upcoming summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un might provide a pivotal diplomatic opportunity to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons – especially in lig...

A Tesla Model 3 on autopilot crashed into a police car on Saturday morning, with the owner distracted by his dog in the ...
12/10/2019
All Hail the Driverless Car!

A Tesla Model 3 on autopilot crashed into a police car on Saturday morning, with the owner distracted by his dog in the backseat.

When are self-driving cars "safe enough" for you to use them?

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...

Is President Trump leaving Europe behind within his "America-first" policy?
12/08/2019
The Transatlantic Relationship Has Been Irreparably Damaged

Is President Trump leaving Europe behind within his "America-first" policy?

The transatlantic relationship has been a hallmark of the liberal international order for decades and, for some, a cornerstone of global peace and stability. But with the rise of global populism and nationalist leaders in Europe and the United States, experts around the world are sounding the alarm....

12/08/2019
Who Can Afford Health Care?

What's the best solution to bring affordable health care to lower-income communities? Reply with your comment below! 👇

Last month, we watched Richard D. Wolff argue against the motion, "Capitalism Is A Blessing." Debrief on this principle ...
12/08/2019
Yes, We Can do Better Than Capitalism

Last month, we watched Richard D. Wolff argue against the motion, "Capitalism Is A Blessing." Debrief on this principle here:

By democratizing our workplaces, we can supplant the dominant ecomomic system which cannot escape its intrinsic exploitation of labor.. As capitalism drives itself into ever-greater inequality, instability and injustice, its critics multiply. Worried defenders react in two ways. Many dismiss the cri...

AI and automation will change nearly every facet of our life, from employment and our economies. Will it spark a wave of...
12/07/2019
Automation Will Crash Democracy

AI and automation will change nearly every facet of our life, from employment and our economies. Will it spark a wave of "us versus them" populism?

Around the world, technology is disrupting the workforce, with automation poised to displace humans in the fields of medicine, agriculture, and beyond. Will the rise of robots fuel a new wave of “us versus them” populism capable of undermining democracy?

An interesting spin on the genetics versus upbringing debate. What exactly determines our identity?
12/07/2019
Can Culture, Not Blood, Make You Italian?

An interesting spin on the genetics versus upbringing debate. What exactly determines our identity?

A new generation of students raised and schooled in Italy are pushing to reform outdated citizenship laws that reward those with Italian bloodlines rather than…

12/06/2019
Who Lives and Who Dies?

"Do we want a society where the profit motive informs who lives and dies?" –– Watch Joseph Sanberg via "Replace Private Insurance With Medicare for All." 👇

The NATO summit makes this debate an interesting re-watch. How do you rate the state of NATO today?
12/05/2019
Unresolved: U.S. National Security

The NATO summit makes this debate an interesting re-watch. How do you rate the state of NATO today?

For the United States, tensions are rising with both allies and adversaries. Rogue states are racing to master new technologies and create weapons of mass destruction. And faith in international institutions is seemingly deteriorating. What does this all mean for U.S. national security?

Should the First Amendment include the right to offend? (Insert hypothetical middle finger emoji.)
12/04/2019
Freedom of Expression Must Include the License to Offend

Should the First Amendment include the right to offend? (Insert hypothetical middle finger emoji.)

Is freedom of expression absolute and limitless? Should we be free to use words with the intention to harm? Should some words remain unspoken, or does this mind-set lead us to the path of censorship?

Just in time for holiday shopping. 😉
12/04/2019
Capitalism Is a Blessing

Just in time for holiday shopping. 😉

Capitalism is often credited for booming economies, fostering human ingenuity, and bolstering free societies where open markets drive human progress. But as concerns over income inequality increase and issues of racial, economic, and social justice become more prominent in the public sphere, the cap...

12/03/2019
The Double Thank You

Consider the morals of capitalism. Is there a superior alternative? Reason Magazine Editor-in-Chief Katherine Mangu-Ward argues no, and the evidence lies in a gesture you've probably already done today.

12/03/2019
Does Capitalism Promote Civil Liberties?

Consider your civil liberties: Are they a result of a capitalist society? Bhaskar Sunkara responds, arguing against the motion "Capitalism Is A Blessing."

This morning, you arrive at the office only to discover you've been laid off; your position replaced with AI. Now what?
12/02/2019
Automation Will Crash Democracy

This morning, you arrive at the office only to discover you've been laid off; your position replaced with AI. Now what?

Around the world, technology is disrupting the workforce, with automation poised to displace humans in the fields of medicine, agriculture, and beyond. Will the rise of robots fuel a new wave of “us versus them” populism capable of undermining democracy?

Is Russia fueling the fire in the Middle East? If so, should the U.S. be concerned?
12/02/2019
Russia Is A Marginal Power

Is Russia fueling the fire in the Middle East? If so, should the U.S. be concerned?

Disarming Syria. Asylum for Edward Snowden. Arming Iran. Deploying troops to Crimea. Is our toxic relationship something to worry about, or is Putin’s Russia fading in importance?

Are you willing to change your mind on abortion? What about immigration? Education? Try out this throwback experiment:
12/01/2019
A Summer Challenge: Radical Rethinking

Are you willing to change your mind on abortion? What about immigration? Education?

Try out this throwback experiment:

Are you willing to change your mind on these three issues?

12/01/2019
China's Belt & Road

China' Belt and Road initiative sounds a lot like the U.S.' failed New Silk Road, according to Susan Thornton:

You're the President-elect. What stance do you take on shifting powers in the Middle East?
11/30/2019
Unresolved: Shifting Power in the Middle East

You're the President-elect. What stance do you take on shifting powers in the Middle East?

Saudi Arabia and Iran are vying for regional dominance. Turkey is cozying up to Russia and China. And instability, conflict, and proxy wars have engulfed Syria, Yemen, and beyond. How should the United States respond to shifting power in the Middle East? Staged in our “Unresolved” format, this d...

11/30/2019

Suppose you lose a second of attention span for every hour spent on your smartphone. Would you keep scrolling?

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