Be it resolved: The future of Western politics is populist, not liberal.
Steve Bannon says yes, David Frum says no. Full debate here:
The moderator expands on the topic a bit: “Is the West living through a populist sea-change that will irrevocably transform our politics? And can these longstanding liberal values – liberal values of trade, society and politics – push back against this populist surge and reassert their primacy in the 21st century?”
It’s a spirited argument and worth watching in full. Bannon achieved a decisive victory in this one. Before the debate, only 28% of the audience agreed with the resolution, while 72% disagreed. After the debate, 57% agreed while 43% disagreed. [UPDATE: Munk Debates screwed this up. The actual, corrected post-debate figures are 28% pro vs 72% con. Thus, audience opinion was unchanged.]
The debate was held in Toronto. Twelve people were arrested in a protest outside the venue, during which one police officer was hit with a stick and another was punched in the face.