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Two panelists argue for a debate style motion and two against. Past panelists include Christopher Hitchens, Samantha Power, Tony Blair, and Stephen Fry.

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December 4, 2019

Capitalism

Be it resolved, the capitalist system is broken. It's time to try something different...

Pro
Katrina vanden Heuvel
Yanis Varoufakis
Con
Arthur Brooks
David Brooks
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May 9, 2019

China

Be it resolved, China is a threat to the liberal international order...

Pro
H.R. McMaster
Michael Pillsbury
Con
Kishore Mahbubani
Huiyao Wang
Result
Con wins by a narrow margin of 2%
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Nov 2, 2018

The Rise of Populism

Be it resolved, the future of western politics is populist not liberal...

Pro
Stephen K. Bannon
Con
David Frum
Result
No side wins
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We are the world’s first podcast dedicated to convening one-on-one debates between today’s biggest thinkers and sharpest minds.

China

December 4, 2019

Guests
Stephen K. Bannon
Ian Bremmer
Anti-Zionism

November 27, 2019

Guests
Bret Stephens
Peter Beinart