“Always intelligent and provocative, as well as disciplined and civil. A stimulating way to spend an evening.”
- The Wall Street Journal
From Socrates to the First Amendment, progressive democracy has relied upon civility, respect and understanding in public discourse. Debate is the cornerstone of American progress, the vehicle for new ideas and the platform for the synthesis of two opposing points of view. At the intersection of wisdom and creativity, debate stimulates our intellectual evolution, emotional advancement and drives social progress.
Debates embody our democratic ideas as a society, proving both sides of an argument offer intellectually respectable points of view. Too often we are isolated in “echo chambers,” funnels through which our opinions are reinforced by biased media outlets, personalized technology and like-minded associations. Debate challenges our own lack of objectivity, where our minds have been contaminated by conviction.
Radiating at the core of America’s relationship toward debate is the First Amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
We have been given the right to criticize, object, protest, disagree and challenge. It is our responsibility to exercise our freedom of speech, and with reverence we present every new debate.