Most of the time our debatable resolutions focus on a clear and solid policy choice – “Repeal Obamacare,” “Break Up the Big Banks,” Abolish the Minimum Wage.” And we often frame resolutions as a verdict on the truth of things – “Men Are Finished,” “Science Refutes God,” “The Rich are Taxed Enough.”
But Wednesday is one of those times where we intend to posit a what if: what if we lived in a world where there were no geographical barriers to employment, where people were able to relocate anywhere for the sake of a job, and the market alone set the price for their labor? Who would gain from such an arrangement? And who would lose?
“Let Anyone Take a Job Anywhere.” That's how we are framing it.
Practically speaking, a world where that's the hiring rule is never going to happen. That's why it's a what if – a great big hypothetical, in which thorny issues like borders and immigration have already been settled (actually, come to think of it, Europe today is such an experiment in microcosm already).
But hypotheticals have produced some of our greatest Intelligence Squared U.S. debates – because they are so purely “debatable.” Tonight promises to be one of those.
So join us. Bring your brain. Indulge the possibility.
John Donvan, Moderator
Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates
JOHN DONVAN RECOMMENDS
IF PEOPLE COULD IMMIGRATE ANYWHERE, WOULD POVERTY BE ELIMINATED?
Some economists are pushing for 'open borders.'
THE FALLACY OF OPEN IMMIGRATION
"Despite all the talk about the economic contributions of unskilled labor, few unskilled immigrants contribute anything equal to what they extract from the unwilling taxpayer."