Surprisingly positive write up in NYU Local on the International Socialist Organization – NYU Branch participating in a public debate with other mainstream politics clubs. The four party debate with the college libertarians, republicans, and democrats last month (November 2014) was surprisingly well received on a politically discombobulated campus on the topics of ebola, ISIS, and income inequality, and showed much promise that much of the student body is fed up with the empty rhetoric that has been rammed down our throats for the past 40 years.
Other highlights of the debate included during the debate:
- a member of the audience angrily scream out “take a statistics class!”
- the young Republican rep stating: “If we allow ISIS to continue to take over areas that it is interested in, that is appeasement, that is what happened in World War II, and we can’t just allow them to take whatever they want”
- NYU Libertarian rep stating that “walking around with a deadly virus [Ebola] on one’s body that is threatening to the common epidemic is equivalent to biological terrorism”
“The stars of the debate were the socialists, which is not too surprising at a clearly left-leaning university like NYU…
“The Socialist stand was just as simple: the government sucks and everything it does, it does in order to further build an empire. They called they US intervention in Iraq and Syria to defeat ISIS a means to gain “control of the population,” and just another aspect of “our assault on the Middle East.” They also compared US tactics in the area to Israel’s actions in Gaza, where they claimed Israel was basically “murdering the Palestinians.” When discussing income inequality, they got major support from the crowd as they described a system that is not majority supported, but supported by the rich instead.
When it came to ISIS, the democrats regurgitated Obama’s plan of action against ISIS, and the republicans just said that plan wouldn’t work, and their representative suggested that what has to happen in Iraq and Syria, is that “we go in and settle it.”
“The socialists once again spoke against US interventions, proclaiming that the US has promoted a “racist hysteria,” a “dehumanization of Africa,” and implemented economic policies in Africa which have enabled Ebola to spread. They also stated that what the US calls a humanitarian effort, is just “code for Empire.” The democrats once again supported the government’s policies, and the libertarians, like every other issue, just want to leave it alone.” – NYU’s Four Party Debate Showcases Student Politics