Bloomberg Television and Intelligence Squared U.S. Announce Lineup for Third “That’s Debatable” Episode, Premiering on Friday, December 4 at 7:00 PM

November 18, 2020

On Friday, December 4 at 7:00 PM ET Bloomberg Television will present the third episode of “That’s Debatable,” presented in partnership with Intelligence Squared U.S. and sponsored exclusively by IBM, with an episode debating the motion “Stop Worrying About National Deficits .” As governments around the world have spent unprecedented sums to combat the economic impacts of coronavirus, what does rising government debt mean for our future? A new crop of economists has a bold proposition: Don’t worry about it. In a modern economy, they argue, deficits are no excuse to halt state spending on things like education and healthcare. But others are far warier, warning that unless political leaders balance the books, soaring federal debt will undermine the nation’s economic future and compromise national security.

Arguing in favor of the motion “Stop Worrying About National Deficits” are Stephanie Kelton, senior economic adviser to Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaigns, and James Galbraith, who was Executive Director of the Joint Economic Committee in Congress. Arguing against the motion are Todd Buchholz, director of economic policy under President George H. W. Bush, and Otmar Issing, former chief economist of the European Central Bank.

Filmed in front of a live virtual audience, “That’s Debatable” will be conducted in the traditional Oxford-style format with two teams of two subject matter experts debating over four rounds, moderated by veteran Intelligence Squared U.S. moderator John Donvan. The live virtual audience will vote via mobile for or against the motion to determine the winner, to be announced at the conclusion of the program.

“That’s Debatable” also presents some of the first AI-aided debates, designed to demonstrate how AI can be used to bring a larger, more diverse range of voices and opinions to the public square. During the debate, IBM Watson plans to use Key Point Analysis, a new capability in Natural Language Processing (NLP) developed by the same IBM Research team that created Project Debater , which is designed to analyze viewer submitted arguments and provide insight into the global public opinion on each episode’s debate topic.



* Stephanie Kelton: Economist & Author, “The Deficit Myth”

Stephanie Kelton is the bestselling author of “The Deficit Myth” and a leading authority on Modern Monetary Theory, a new approach to economics that has been embraced by leaders like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. Kelton served as chief economist on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee and was a senior economic adviser to Sanders’ presidential campaigns. She was named one of the 50 people most influencing the policy debate in America by POLITICO and is currently a professor at Stony Brook University.

* James Galbraith: Professor of Public Affairs & Former Executive Director, Congressional Joint Economic Committee

James Galbraith is an economist and professor of public affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He was executive director of the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress in the early 1980s and previously chaired the board of Economists for Peace and Security. Galbraith is the author of several books, including “Inequality: What Everyone Needs to Know.”



* Todd Buchholz: Former White House Director of Economic Policy & Author, “The Price of Prosperity”

Todd Buchholz a leading expert on the economy, stock market, and politics. He was director of economic policy under President George H. W. Bush and managing director of the Tiger Management hedge fund. He is the author of “New Ideas from Dead Economists” and “The Price of Prosperity: Why Rich Nations Fail and How to Renew Them.”

* Otmar Issing: Former Chief Economist, European Central Bank

Otmar Issing is a former chief economist and member of the board of the European Central Bank. Issing chaired the Advisory Council on a New Financial Order appointed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel (2008-2010) and was as an international adviser to Goldman Sachs (2007-2018). He currently serves as president of the Center for Financial Studies at Goethe University, Frankfurt.