Intelligence Squared U.S.invites some of the world’s brightest thinkers to debate issues of the day. The organization was founded in New York in 2006 to promote intellectual diversity by fostering respect for differing opinions. The debates are organized in the traditional Oxford style. The side that convinces more audience members to embrace its arguments wins. The excerpts below come from a debate in November about the cancel culture’s benefits—or lack thereof.
Garry Kasparov, Russian chess grandmaster: Schools and universities are where we most need to challenge and be challenged, but how can we learn what’s right if we’re afraid to ever be wrong? Well, increasingly you hear, “Oh, we’ll tell you what’s right and good,”...