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AEI Debates

The American Enterprise Debates delve deeper into the core issues at the heart of our societal fabric. The series aims to challenge conventional wisdom and inform policy in a sequence of one-hour debates that center on simple yet provocative questions. Since the competition of ideas is fundamental to a free society, the American Enterprise Debates endeavor to bring clashing ideas between public intellectuals into a forum committed to vetting, testing, and exploring the best way to promote freedom, opportunity, and enterprise.

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The question of the proper size and scope of government creates many rifts, even among conservatives. In this AEI debate, both Brooks and Ryan make the case for their competing visions of America. The conversation serves as a vivid reminder that even those who often agree on most things can differ on the basic question of the government’s purpose.

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In our second debate, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former chief economic policy adviser to Senator John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, delivers a critique of the Federal Reserve’s second round of quantitative easing, and John H. Makin, resident scholar in economics at AEI, counters in support of QE2 and the role monetary policy can play in economic recovery.

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