Better Angels Debate: Capitalism

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Northern Star Council Boy Scouts of America

6202 Bloomington Road

Saint Paul, MN 55111

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Resolved: Our capitalistic system is broken; it needs to be radically changed.

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Some of the candidates for President believe that the American system of extractive capitalism is fundamentally broken while others believe we’ve just got to make capitalism work like it’s supposed to work. Are there alternatives to Capitalism that our country should adopt or should our capitalistic system be preserved as it is.

This Debate will be a spirited public conversation with speeches favoring and opposing the resolution with opportunities for the attendees to ask questions of the speakers and, if they choose, to speak for their own beliefs.

What is a Better Angels Debate?

You probably haven’t experienced anything like a Better Angels Debate. It's not a political debate, where competing candidates attempt to win votes. Nor is it a high school or college debate, where people advocate positions which they may or may not believe for the sole purpose of scoring debating points and vanquishing their foes.

A Better Angels Debate is a highly structured civil conversation in which a group of people think together, listen carefully to one another, and allow themselves to be touched and perhaps changed by each other’s ideas. When done well, everyone walks out with a more accurate understanding of their own position on the topic, more aware of the validity of opposing views, and with better community relationships.

Using the parliamentary debate process, the conversation grows and develops through a series of speeches supporting or opposing the resolution. The structured format of a Better Angels Debate encourages the passionate and energetic expression of ideas. The speeches that support or challenge the resolution together with the questions to the speakers from those in attendance lead to a stimulating exploration of the topic through civil discourse. The primary rule of these debates calls on participants, speakers and questioners, to articulate what they actually believe, even if it’s complicated or incomplete, instead of trying to provide an air tight case or advancing a position they don’t really support .

Please join us for an informative and provocative evening of good conversation and the civil exchange of ideas regarding an important topic confronting our nation. A free will offering will be requested at the event to help defray the expense of renting the facility

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Northern Star Council Boy Scouts of America

6202 Bloomington Road

Saint Paul, MN 55111

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