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A Pessimistic View on Debate’s Future


Today’s Wall Street Journal has an excellent piece on the state of academic debate today and the author is pessimistic, writing that he thinks it unlikely that debate will ever recover.

The author, Mark Oppenheimer, mentions PBC and quotes an observation of mine regarding the infection of hyper-politicization running through American campuses.

I agree with him that the so-called presidential debates are far from what a debate should be. In fact, the closest thing to a debate in this whole pathetic campaign was the Joe the Plumber encounter where Barack Obama’s deep-seated egalitarianism came out. The only way voters learn much about candidates is when they’re not tethered to their focus-group tested sound bites and canned oratory.


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