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Debates for Social Distancing

Friday, March 20, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way we work, live, and socialize in unprecedented fashion. While you’re social distancing, here are five debates that will help you better understand the headlines and what is happening right now. From the value of remote learning to how government should respond to a crisis, we have you covered.

And once you’ve finished this playlist, peruse our library of more than 175 fact-filled debates that will challenge your thinking and spark your intellectual curiosity.

More Clicks, Fewer Bricks: The Lecture Hall Is Obsolete

Now that many schools across the country have closed their doors, millions of students are shifting to online learning. Is virtual education the future?


Universal Basic Income Is the Safety Net of the Future

What do Andrew Yang and Mitt Romney agree on right now? The government giving every American $1,000. While Washington considers direct cash payments to help mitigate the economic effects of the pandemic, we ask: Is it time for a universal basic income?


Central Banks Can Print Prosperity
In the last week, the Federal Reserve has taken bold measures not seen since the Great Recession in 2008. Can quantitative easing, banker jargon for when central banks print money, help stabilize markets and safeguard the economy in tough times?


Replace Private Insurance with Medicare for All

During last Sunday's Democratic debate, Bernie Sanders argued that COVID-19 exposed the "incredible weakness" of the nation’s health care system and championed Medicare for All. Should health care be left to market forces? Or should the United States embrace universal health care?  


Eliminate Corporate Subsidies

While Washington is currently debating huge bailouts for the industries hit hardest by coronavirus, corporate subsidies have been around for decades. Are these subsidies necessary to promote innovation and protect certain desirable markets? Or do they unfairly burden the American taxpayer?


BONUS PICK: Swipe Left: Dating Apps Have Killed Romance

Sometimes we all need a break from contemplating the tough political and economic choices we face in these uncertain times. In this bonus debate, we take a lighter look at life in the digital era and ask: Should your love life go remote, too?  



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