Intelligence Squared US

Intelligence Squared US

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 9:00pm

PicturedL Moderator John Donvan

Credit: IS2

How have Super PACs changed the political landscape and are they good for democracy? Here the arguments tonight on Intelligence Squared US. 

AM 1370 brings listeners three Intelligence Squared US Debates Saturdays, October 14, 21 and 28, 2012 at 9 p.m. Modeled on the British program Intelligence Squared, IQ2USis an Oxford-style debate that is provocative, intellectually rich, humorous, and dramatic. For each debate a motion is proposed. Then, two panelists argue for the motion and two argue against it, with a moderator John Donvan controlling the proceedings. 

October's debates include:

• 10/14 at 9 p.m. Two Cheers for Super PACs: Is Money in Politics Still Overregulated?
The product of two court decisions, Citizens United and v. FEC, Super PAC spending is on course to making 2012 the most expensive presidential election in history. How have Super PACs changed the political landscape and are they good for democracy?

Speaking for the motion: David Keating, president of the Center for Competitive Politics and Jacob Sullum, senior editor of Reason Magazine

Speaking against the motion: Trevor Potter, president of the Campaign Legal Center and Jonathan Soros, who founded a super-PAC to fight the influence of super-PACs, supported Potter         ï»¿

• 10/21 at 9 p.m. Are Elected Islamists Better than Dictators?
The popular uprisings of the Arab Spring have left a leadership void that Islamist parties have been quick to fill. Will elected Islamist majorities bring radicalization and sectarian violence to the region? Or will the spread of democratic values bring about a more liberalized Arab world?

Speaking for the motion: Reuel Marc Gerecht, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and Brian Katulis, Senior Fellow at Center for American Progress

Speaking against the motion: Daniel Pipes, President of Middle East Forum and Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, Founder & President, American Islamic Forum for Democracy

• 10/28 at 9 p.m. Should End-of-Life Care be Rationed? 
Just because we can extend life, should we? If health care is a scarce resource, limited by its availability and our ability to pay for it, should government step in to ration care? In other words, how much is an extra month of life worth? 

Speaking for the motion: Dr. Art Kellermann, Chair in Policy Analysis, RAND Health and Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University

Speaking against the motion: Sally Pipes, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Research Institute and Ken Connor, Chairman, Center for a Just Society

In Intelligence Squared US ï»¿each side attempts to persuade the audience to vote their way. This adversarial context is electric, adding drama and excitement to the proceedings. The live audience will vote on the motion both before and after hearing the arguments, so there is a clear measure of how far people have actually been swayed. Those votes are tallied during the evening and announced at the end with a clear side winning. To learn more, visit