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More praise for IQ2 US

Debate-ism

By John Donvan — October 03, 2012

"I-S-M." Three letters that keep on making history, when they show up at the end of otherwise benign, mild-mannered words. Capitalism. Communism. Socialism. Ism turns ideas into ideologies, ambitions into movements, religions into political systems.

Which brings us to the language we are using in our next debate. Here's the motion: “Better Elected Islamists Than Dictators.”

It plays directly off the course events have taken since the Arab Spring, particularly in Egypt, where the fall of a dictator has led to free and open elections. The big winners in those elections? Parties that lead under "Islamism.”

An interesting outcome – democracy giving power to an ism many believe to be undemocratic. Not to mention antithetical to US interests.

But which is worse: that outcome, or the dictatorship that preceded it? You can see it already: this is one of those debates where solid arguments can go both ways. Our debaters have been living and arguing this topic for years – but with all of them in a room together, we're thinking they'll get this debate to where it rarely gets – to where you'll have to “think twice” about it – as we like to say.

Also: my piece from Sunday's Washington Post on ways to make Wednesday's presidential debate into something real. Because, well, I'm into realism. Enjoy.

John

1 comment

  • Comment Link Celina Saturday, 20 October 2012 18:38 posted by Celina

    Guys, this isn't really about Israel. The US has spoturped and enabled dictators in the Middle East, in Latin America, in sub-Saharan Africa all in the name of "national security". I am thrilled to see that just maybe, it's not going to work for much longer.

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