intelligence squared u.s.

Is Amazon a friend to readers?  In late 2014, Amazon and the publishing house Hachette settled a months-long dispute over who should set the price for e-books. In Amazon's view, lower prices mean more sales and more readers, and that benefits everyone. But for publishers, the price of an e-book must reflect the investment made, from the author’s advance to a book's production. The conflict, resolved for now, has only raised more questions about the value of books, Amazon's business practices, and the role of publishers. Is book publishing an oligopoly, a dinosaur in need of disruption?

Should we prohibit genetically engineered babies?

Parents can already screen a fetus for its sex and test for genetic diseases. The day when they can choose their child's height, eye color, and intelligence may be closer than we think. Is this a form of eugenics? Is it morally wrong for parents to engineer their babies, or is it morally wrong to deprive their children of the benefits of genetic enhancement?

The assumption is that having a "strong dollar” is always good for the economy, yielding low import prices, low inflation rates, and making the dollar attractive to foreign investors. But in a recession, could a weak dollar policy accelerate our recovery with low export prices that encourage foreign countries to buy more U.S. goods cheaply?

Intelligence Squared U.S. : Should we abolish the minimum wage?

Intelligence Squared U.S. brings Oxford-style debating to America -- one motion, one moderator, two informed and provocative panelists for the motion, and two against. John Donvan of ABC News -- Nightline is the official moderator of Intelligence Squared debates. The debate series takes on the hot-button issues of the day to inform, enlighten and entertain.