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January 6, 2023

Was January 6th an Existential Threat to American Democracy?

By now it is clear, the Red Wave election-denying candidates had hoped to ride left most still waiting on the beach. Those who questioned the outcome of the 2020 election lost key midterm races, which seemed to calm the nerves of many of those fearful as to where the Republic itself was headed. But as the parties begin to prepare for their respective presidential runs, a bigger question looms; one that has taken its cues from President Biden himself. Shortly after the January 6th attacks on the capitol — which were prompted by unfounded messaging about the election’s illegitimacy — Biden sought to convey the severity of what had just happened. “The insurrection was an existential crisis — a test of whether our democracy could survive,” he said. Now, on the heels of the midterms, many not only openly wonder whether that democracy crisis is over, but also question if the words Biden chose were overblown in the first place. It is in that context, and as the 2024 elections come into focus, that we debate this question: Was January 6 an existential threat to American democracy?

On December 15th, Andrew Keen, Author, and Host of the “How to Fix Democracy” podcast, squares off against Election Strategist, Managing Partner at CAE Strategies, and Vice President of the Fair Elections Center, Rebekah Caruthers, as part of the “No Laughing Matter” series at the Comedy Cellar at the Village Underground in New York. The podcast release date will be January 6, 2023.

This debate will take place in front of a live audience, on December 15, 2022 at 6 PM (doors open at 5:30 PM). Tickets are $25 each + Two-Drink Minimum. Purchase tickets here, or you can buy tickets at the door. The deadline to buy tickets online is on December 15th at 3:30PM.

 

Breakdown

Undecided
0% - Swung from the Against Side
0% - Remained Undecided
0% - Swung from the For Side
Against the Motion
0% - Remained on the Against Side
0% - Swung from the For Side
0% - Swung from Undecided
For the Motion
0% - Swung from the Against Side
0% - Remained on the For Side
0% - Swung from Undecided
ABOUT THE DEBATERS
For The Motion
Rebekah Caruthers
Rebekah Caruthers - Election Strategist, Managing Partner at CAE Strategies, and Vice President of the Fair Elections Center
Rebekah Caruthers is Vice President at Fair Elections Center. Over the past 20 years, she worked on ... Read bio
Against The Motion
Andrew Keen
Andrew Keen - Author and "How to Fix Democracy" podcast host
Named as one of the “100 most connected men” by GQ magazine, Andrew Keen is one of the world’s... Read bio