“From wherever you stood, the opposing side offered respectable, credible views. In today's fractured culture the evening struck a blow for civility.”

- The Huffington Post

More praise for IQ2 US

Praise for IQ2 U.S.

By IQ2 Staff — June 18, 2010

“Always intelligent and provocative, as well as disciplined and civil. A stimulating way to spend an evening.”
- The Wall Street Journal

"A salon for movers and shakers, writers and thinkers."
- The New York Times

“Pointed Political Debate Minus All the Shouting.”
- The New York Times

“From wherever you stood, the opposing side offered respectable, credible views. In today's fractured culture the evening struck a blow for civility.”
- The Huffington Post

“It's a real public service to have debates that bring top-tier participants together and add the sizzle of prize fight competition to a discussion of issues of first-order importance.”
- The Atlantic

“Intelligence Squared has done something rare in New York – create an event that people feel they must go to.”
- Fareed Zakaria

“A throwback to the days of traveling orators, to a time of greater civility, when people actually bothered to listen to the other side, to consider the validity of its position.”
- The Globe and Mail

1 comment

  • Comment Link Will Sunday, 24 February 2013 12:40 posted by Will

    After carefully watching several episodes it is the entertainment in the promotion of apparent intellect as part of the framework of the theatrics that I find most valuable.

    While topics of interest to the public on policy are typically selected to draw participants into a demonstration of intellectual debate and rebuttal, it is in reality an exercise in the demonstration of the ease of which the large majority of people are peaceably convinced, deceived and directed to support a point of view.

    It is no more than a demonstrative training tool to teach the ultimate salesman, our politicians, how to sell ice to Eskimos, and in particular, why the Eskimo should buy their political ice over the other politicians ice. All the while, the Eskimo already has the best ice.

    I would prefer to see that observation taught by brave men and women to the brain dead voting public before we end ourselves by our own hand yet again.

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