Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Debate: atheism (Christopher Hitchens) vs. religion (Dinesh D'Souza)

What's so great about God? is the subject of this video debate posted on Feb. 23, 2009.

There's an intro to the debate between famous atheist writer, Christopher Hitchens, and Dinesh D'Souza, best-selling conservative writer, that lasts about 12 minutes -if you want to skip it. The format goes 15 minutes for D'Souza, 15 for Hitchens, and then 5 each for rebuttal. Last, there's 15-20 minutes of direct debate and then 40 minutes of Q and A. This is a very fascinating and interesting debate that is in fashion today.

Christopher Hitchens and Dinesh D'Souza at CU Boulder from Justin Leddick on Vimeo.

Check it out when you have some time. NOT REQUIRED!

1 comment:

  1. Response to Question 3:

    I think we can all agree that CEOs are overpaid. The article "Why CEOs Are Overpaid" linked on the blog says that “In 2000, the average CEO salary reached an unbelievable 531 times that of the average hourly worker.” This figure has been increasing, and will only increase in the future. CEOs are dependent on their workers to do the work and the workers are dependent on the CEO for a job and salary. However, for the minimal amount of work a CEO does, it is unreasonable she/he should be making 531 times more money. The workers do all of the difficult labor, while the CEOs only manage the company. In the CEOs’ defense, they usually have a higher education and are more intelligent with regard to managing their company.

    Although CEOs do not do more work than their workers and should not make 531 times more money than their workers, the CEOs’ salaries should not be limited. As I mentioned above, CEOs have a higher education, which merits a larger salary. Their intelligence and theoretical talent in managing their company would also merit a larger salary than the lower level workers. It would be unconstitutional and unfair to limit their maximum salary. There isn’t any regulation in the constitution or other laws, so their huge salaries are not violating any laws. Also the typical CEO has done a lot of work to get to where they are. The U.S. has always put a large emphasis on anything is possible and the average American can pull themselves up by their bootstraps and achieve the American dream, which in this case is lots of money. To limit someone who has worked extremely hard would be unfair.
    In conclusion, I believe CEOs are making way too much money, but also believe it would be unfair and unlawful to limit their salaries.

    3rd Hour


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