Bet On America?
by Ethan Glover, Sun, Feb 22, 2015 - (Edited) Sun, Sep 17, 2017
Intelligence Squared has the best debates, and this one was no exception. With the broad subject of Bet on America there is bound to be some great arguments. It was a pleasure to watch the minds and ideas of Peter Zeihan and James Rickards clash.
Joseph Joffe, while not the best arguer, had plenty worth paying attention to.
Chrystia Freeland made for good comedic relief with such gems as:
- "America is failing Americans. And this is not about some namby-pamby NPRish, ethical, moral point."
- This is an NPR show on its 100th episode with NPR executives in the audience.
- "I didn't interrupt you guys, don't be sexist and speak over women's voices. ... Studies show it, read Charles Sandberg."
- This is obviously ridiculous but this is even how libertarians sound sometimes. They make an extreme statement, name drop for "proof," and keep talking as if nothing happened.
- "I think the 21st Century is going to be won by countries that ... are feminist, and therefore are able to have demographic growth."
- I don't know what she thinks she means by "demographic growth" but give government the ideals of feminism, and it'll turn it into sexism. (In fact, it has.)
- "I think we're all going to agree that ending slavery is a good thing. ... I think we're all going to agree also that making women citizens ... is a good thing."
- She keeps trying to drop feminism wherever possible, even when it's irrelevant. It took a lot of rambling about women (out of nowhere) to get to her point.
- "But, we can't ignore Ferguson, and the protests, and 'hands up don't shoot.' There is still an American underclass."
- A kid robs a store and attacks a police officer, and this is proof of an "underclass." Chrystie should have left this up to her partner who actually knew what he was talking about with "stop and frisk." Although, he rightfully didn't pull a race card.
Now that I've warmed up with some ramblings about Chrystia Freeland, I can get to the point. Over the next few posts, I'm going to be talking about this debate and some of the points that stood out to me.
The plan is to do a short post on each opening statement, one on the general debate, and a final post on closing statements.
This makes for six blog posts. With this sites new link structure strategy, that will also provide fodder for many hidden posts that I will link to in this series at some point in time.
I highly recommend giving the debate a watch. If you're upset that I already "spoiled the ending," you're missing the point of the debates. Check it out and tell me what you think. Even if you're an anarchist, would you bet on America? As things stand, do you see it staying strong far into the future?