Tuesday 25 April 2017

What would the ancient Greek philosophers make of US debates?

Hillary Clinton in full flow last week Photo: AP
Hillary Clinton in full flow last week Photo: AP
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

I have watched all of the historical US presidential debates up to the Reagan v Carter debate.

What struck me the most over the years was the gentle manners on show from all of the candidates, and the fact that their debates focused on deficits and spending rather than gossip.

I wonder to what extent the abysmal decline in our debating standards can be attributed to the decline of the West (especially if we consider PISA results, in which Hong Kong and Singapore have been consistently beating all Western countries fair and square)?

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