A friend told me about an excellent debate radio program on NPR. It’s called INTELLIGENCE SQUARED* and this is the format:
They pick a topic and ask the NYC live audience to vote one way or the other…the Left’s viewpoint or the Right’s viewpoint.
They then have the debate; with one Leftist, one Conservative.
They then ask the audience to vote again and the side which has won a higher percentage over to their side than the other did wins.
This friend of mine’s listened five times and, five times, the NYC liberal audience has turned toward the Right’s argument … the Left doesn’t usually persuade.
I find that astonishing and a happy thing! I listened to the end of one debate only to hear the response and my friend was right when he said the host sounds none too happy, and a bit surprised, every time the Conservative has won the argument, again and again and…….
THIS is a subject that intrigues me and one that we’ve been talking about the last few weeks here at GeeeZ in many ways; IF the American public actually did hear a cogent, rational argument for Conservatism, would they not veer in the Right’s direction? And, if the Left didn’t constantly throw straw men around and ‘kill the messenger’ edicts, what a difference.
SO, how do we get the public to hear Conservatism well described? Who’s the best candidate for that? Who’s your dream debater choice versus Hillary?
*I’ve added NPR INTELLIGENCE SQUARED PODCASTS on my sidebar if you ever feel like watching.