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Welcome to the American Civic Debate Union

American Civic Debate UnionThe ACDU is dedicated to promoting public debate in social settings around the country. Participants need not have formal debate experience – rather, they should share a passion for discussing the issues of the day – political, economic, environmental, cultural and social – in a collegial format that promotes thought and engagement.
Members need not even debate themselves – lurkers are welcome. Continue reading “Welcome to the American Civic Debate Union”

ACDU Launches: First Debate a Big Success

The American Civic Debate Union’s inaugural event was a bigger success than we dreamed of. Video, transcripts and more….

Last Sunday saw a great crowd turnout for our inaugural event, which featured myself and Dr. Frank Venturo squaring off on the question of what system might be best for electing the US president. Nobody was willing to defend the Electoral College, and the debate pivoted primarily on whether adoption of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact would actually fix the problems facing America.

Turnout was larger than expected and the audience was thoroughly engaged, peppering Frank and me with a series of insightful questions. Continue reading “ACDU Launches: First Debate a Big Success”

Inaugural Debate Set: What to Do About the Electoral College?

The first ACDU debate is set for Sunday, February 12 at 2pm at Pint’s Pub in Denver.

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TOPIC

Resolved: That the American electorate should significantly alter the method for selecting the President of the United States.

Why this subject matters: Continue reading “Inaugural Debate Set: What to Do About the Electoral College?”

Resolved: that future presidential debates ought to use the Lincoln-Douglas format

Partisan discourse can’t sink much lower. Now is the time to resurrect a format that was made for political debates.

The third and final “debate” between presidential contenders Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is now mercifully in the rearview mirror, but like a direct hit from an aggrieved skunk, it might take weeks for the stink to fully die down. This trifecta of vitriolic spew has held a mirror up before the face of the American system of political discourse, and what we’re seeing is utterly wretched.

And for what? What have we learned? Did the debates make us smarter? Did it leave us more capable of rendering an informed decision? Did it shed light on the election and the best interests of the Republic? Continue reading “Resolved: that future presidential debates ought to use the Lincoln-Douglas format”