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Grandma's Benefits Imperil Junior's Future

September 23, 2011

How you can watch - and participate in - the live Slate/Intelligence Squared debate October 4 at NYU.

Debate: Do Grandma's Benefits Imperil Junior's Future?

October 05, 2011

Last night's Intelligence Squared U.S. debate series took a look at America's health care entitlement programs and examined their impact on future generations.

Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates "Obesity Is the Government’s Business"

January 18, 2012

On February 7, Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US) will take on one of America’s biggest problems when they host the debate: “Obesity Is the Government’s Business.” Obesity costs our health care system nearly $150 billion a year and is a major risk factor for expensive, chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Should the government intervene, or is this a matter of individual rights and personal responsibility?

“Obesity Is Not the Government’s Business” Decides Intelligence Squared U.S. Audience

February 08, 2012

Last night, Intelligence Squared U.S. continued its spring 2012 season with a sold-out debate and a victory against the motion “Obesity is the Government’s Business.” In the final tally, John Stossel and Paul Campos won the Oxford style debate by convincing 16% of the audience to change their minds and oppose the motion. Overall 55% of audience members agreed that government should be involved in public health initiatives to combat obesity.

Uncle Sam Is Not Coming to Dinner

February 08, 2012

America is fat, but Americans disagree about what this means. Either the country’s obesity rates—one third of all adults are obese—are a dangerous health crisis, or they show that the nation is healthier and wealthier than ever. Either the government must act immediately to curb our waistlines, or we must act to curb our bloated government. These were the questions debated in NYU’s Skirball Center last night at the Slate/Intelligence Squared live debate, in which four health and policy experts argued the motion that “Obesity is the government’s business.”

Is Obesity the Government’s Business?

February 11, 2012

Sorry, Uncle Sam, but you’ve been benched in the fight against obesity. That’s according to the Intelligence Squared debate earlier this week, where more voters were swayed to believe that weight control is a personal decision—leaving little room for government intervention.