Monday, December 12, 2016


The United States should be prepared to use force in defense of friendly nations even when not subject to the direct threat of force.


For the affirmative:

Richard A. Epstein is Lawrence A. Tisch Professor of Law, New York University School of Law and Director of Classical Liberal Institute at NYU. He is the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, which publishes his weekly column, The Libertarian. His latest of many books is The Classical Liberal Constitution: The Uncertain Quest for Limited Government (Harvard 2014). He is highly respected as a legal theorist, scholar, and practitioner, and is world renowned as an engaging speaker. The Journal of Legal Studies identified Epstein as the 12th-most cited legal scholar of the 20th century and a recent  study found him to be the 3rd-most frequently cited American legal scholar between 2009 and 2013.


For the negative:

Christopher A. Preble is Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute. He is the author of The Power Problem: How American Military Dominance Makes Us Less Safe, Less Prosperous, and Less Free (Cornell University Press, 2009) and he coedited, with John Mueller, A Dangerous World? Threat Perception and U.S. National Security (Cato Institute, 2014). He has published articles in the New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times, National Review, The National Interest, and Foreign Policy, and is a frequent guest on television and radio. Preble was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy, and served aboard the USS Ticonderoga (CG-47) from 1990 to 1993. He holds a PhD in history from Temple University.