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Affirmative action

Should affirmative action be scrapped?

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September 3rd 2018 to September 10th 2018

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Ana Lankes, The Economist
Ana Lankes is an assistant news editor at The Economist and works on the paper’s Open Future initiative. Before joining the paper, she was an intern at the BBC, the Global Public Policy Institute and Global Witness, a transparency organisation. She graduated from Oxford University in 2016.
Yes
Ella Whelan, Spiked magazine
Ella Whelan is a columnist for spiked, an online magazine, and the author of “What Women Want: Fun, Freedom, and an End to Feminism”. She regularly appears as a pundit on the BBC and Sky News, and writes for the Sun, the Spectator, the Sunday Times and others.
No
Julia Rubin, Rutgers University
Julia Sass Rubin is an Associate Professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, and an Associate Visiting Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. Dr Rubin earned her MA, MBA and PhD from Harvard University.
356

intra-arachnoid

Is capitalism rigged in favour of elites?

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August 7th 2018 to August 13th 2018

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Callum Williams, The Economist
Callum Williams is Britain economics correspondent for The Economist. He also has an interest in economic developments in Russia and Ukraine. Callum received his undergraduate degree from Cambridge and an MPhil from Oxford. In 2011-12 he was a Choate fellow at Harvard, where he was supervised by Amartya Sen.
Yes
Jason Furman, Harvard Kennedy School
Jason Furman is professor of the practice of economic policy at Harvard Kennedy School. This followed eight years as a top economic adviser to president Barack Obama. During this time Mr Furman played a major role in most of the major economic policies of the Obama administration. Previously Mr Furman held a variety of posts in public policy and research. 
No
Deirdre McCloskey, University of Illinois at Chicago
Deirdre N. McCloskey is a distinguished professor of economics, history, English, and communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has written sixteen books and has published some three hundred and sixty articles on economic theory, economic history, philosophy, rhetoric, feminism, ethics, and law. She describes herself as a "postmodern free-market quantitative Episcopalian feminist Aristotelian."
123

Immigration

Should people be free to choose the country in which they live?

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June 18th 2018 to June 25th 2018

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Lena Schipper, The Economist
Lena Schipper is Seoul bureau chief for The Economist. Previous to this role she worked as Assitant News Editor in London. Prior to becoming a journalist, she worked as a researcher for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, for the German Institute of International and Security Affairs in Berlin, and as a political-risk consultant for clients across the Middle East and Africa. 
Yes
Jackie Stevens, Northwestern University
Stevens teaches political theory at Northwestern University and is the founding director of the Deportation Research Clinic. She is the author of States Without Nations: Citizenship for Mortals, and a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her research on misconduct in deportation operations has been used by civil rights attorneys to bring successful class action lawsuits against international prison firms.
No
David Goodhart, Policy Exchange
David Goodhart is a journalist and currently the head of the demography unit at the Policy Exchange think tank. He is the founder and former editor of Prospect magazine and the former director of the centre-left think tank Demos. He is the author of The Road to Somewhere: The New Tribes Shaping British Politics.