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Best of 2013: A Year In Review

By IQ2US Staff — December 23, 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, we’ve taken a look back at our past year of debates at Intelligence Squared U.S.

After sifting through all of your comments, shares, tweets, and likes, we’ve compiled a “best of” list representing some of the year’s most provocative and compelling moments.

As you can imagine, the selection wasn’t easy. Over the last 12 months, IQ2US has had 15 debates, framed around some of the biggest news items--Syria, drones, the minimum wage--, featuring intelligent and engaging panelists, and recorded live on stages across the country, from New York to D.C. to Southern California.

Below are 10 of our must-watch IQ2US highlights from 2013. Whether you’ve already seen these debates, or are reminded of ones that slipped by, we invite you to take a look back with us, and, as always, to think twice.

Wishing you peace, civility, and spirited debate in the New Year. We’ll see you in 2014.


1. The G.O.P. Must Seize The Center Or Die

Clip: Was George Bush a centrist?


2. Abolish The Minimum Wage

Clip: Would more people be working if there were no minimum wage?



3. Don't Eat Anything With A Face

Clip: Do Plants have a face?



4. The Constitutional Right To Bear Arms Has Outlived Its Usefulness

Clip: What is a well-regulated militia?



5. Break Up The Big Banks

Clip: Can large banks be resolved under current law?



6. For A Better Future, Live In A Red State

Clip: The Southern vs. the Northern State Model



7. Prohibit Genetically Engineered Babies

Clip: "My child has to have my DNA." Why?



8. The U.S. Has No Dog In The Fight In Syria

Clip: What are the potential outcomes in Syria?



9. The U.S. Drone Program Is Fatally Flawed

Clip: On civilian casualities and the perception of drones



10. Spy On Me, I'd Rather Be Safe

Clip: Fear Google more than government


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