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Cyrus Vance Jr., New York County District Attorney
disagrees Encryption is a human rightThe United States Constitution provides that local law enforcement agents may obtain access to places where criminals hide evidence – including their homes, car trunks, storage facilities, computers, and digital networks – so long as the agents have a search warrant issued by a judge. Carved into the bedrock of the Fourth Amendment is a balance between the privacy rights of individuals and the pub... See More
William F. Buckley Jr., American conservative commentator
agrees Legalise recreational drugsThe amount of money and of legal energy being given to prosecute hundreds of thousands of Americans who are caught with a few ounces of marijuana in their jeans simply makes no sense - the kindest way to put it. A sterner way to put it is that it is an outrage, an imposition on basic civil liberties and on the reasonable expenditure of social energy.
I don’t see an easy way of solving it [mass unemployment]. It’s an inevitable consequence of technological progress.
Ron Rivest, Cryptographer
disagrees Electronic votingWe have learned the hard way that almost any computer system can be broken into by a sufficiently determined, skillful, and persistent adversary. There is nothing special about voting systems that magically provides protection against attack... Voting system software may be maliciously designed, may contain bugs, or may be changed or replaced at some point during the pre-election roll-out of eq... See More
Paul Krugman, Economist (nobel laureate) and NY Times columnist
disagrees TariffsTrump’s tariffs are badly designed even from the point of view of someone who shares his crude mercantilist view of trade. In fact, the structure of his tariffs so far is designed to inflict maximum damage on the U.S. economy, for minimal gain.
Dr. Peter J. Hotez, Dean-National School of Tropical Medicine; Texas Children's Center for Vaccine Development
agrees VaccinesI’m a vaccine scientist. I’m also the father of an adult daughter with autism. Not only is there an abundance of evidence showing that vaccines are safe, there’s not even any plausibility of an association [with autism]
Richard D. Wolff, Marxian economist. Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
disagrees Basic IncomeUBI creates a new difference between those people who work and earn a living and those people who, for wathever reason, don't work but still earn a living. This is going to create two classes of people (...) and for me the big issue is why do that?. I like the idea of community building by not having people that are extremely wealthy or extremely poor, but I don't like this way of doing it, becau... See More
Art Laffer, American economist who first gained prominence during the Reagan administration as a member of Reagan's Economic Policy Advisory BoardA carbon tax would attach the national security and environmental costs to carbon-based fuels like oil, causing the market to recognize the price of these negative externalities.
Hillary Clinton, US presidential candidateWe talk about drought-resistant seeds, and I’ve promoted them all over Africa. By definition, they have been engineered to be drought-resistant, I mean that’s the beauty of them. Maybe somebody can get their harvest done and not starve, and maybe there’s some left over to sell.
WiIlliam Nordhaus, Professor of economics at Yale University
disagrees $13,000 a year for every over-21-year-old American instead of all transfer payments would be better than the status quoAnd the children get nothing? The basic idea is sound but too simplistic as stated.
Andrew Lam, Assistant professor of ophthalmology at Tufts University School of Medicine, and writerThere’s ample evidence that Asian-Americans are at a disadvantage in college admissions. This issue has divided Asians and others who debate the relative benefits of diversity versus meritocracy in our society. But if Asians are being held back, it’s not so much because of affirmative action but because of preference for whites.
Ash Carter, Former US Secretary of Defense, former Harvard University professorWe must ensure that everyone who’s able and willing to serve has the full and equal opportunity to do so, and we must treat all our people with the dignity and respect they deserve. Regulations regarding transgender service members [i.e. banning open transgender individuals from the US army] are outdated and are causing uncertainty that distracts commanders from our core missions
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