The Democratic has finally whittled down to two main candidates. In the vein of the 2016 Democratic primary, it is a race between liberal democrats and progressive democrats. I have less of an issue with liberal democrats. While I have extensive disagreements with them, I think we are both within a broad liberal tradition which advocates generally free markets, the rule of law, and limited democracy. Progressives, on the other hand, prefer a government run economy, arbitrary rules, and unlimited democracy.
With Senator Bernie Sanders and his progressive movement on the cusp of securing the Democratic nomination, I thought it would be a good moment to present a handful of interesting questions I have never heard progressives address.
1. From Robert George. Let’s assume a woman takes an abortion pill. It fails to kill the baby and causes labor instead. The child is born alive at 28 weeks. The woman seeks no medical care for the child and it dies. The police later find the child dead in a shoe box. Should the women be prosecuted for manslaughter?
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2. President Donald Trump has been described as sexist, racist, authoritarian, and even compared him to Hitler and other dictators. Given he is in control of the federal government, why would you want to give the federal government more power?
3. If each person on earth gave one single dollar to one single person, should that person have his 7.8 billion taxed away by the government?
4. What country funds an extensive safety net comparable to the scale you advocate without significant regressive taxation?
5. How much democracy is too much? What limits should be placed on it? What country is your model or closest to it? Do you think there would be any issues scaling that model up to the US?
6. Climate change has been described as an existential crisis. If tomorrow you were able to pass your climate agenda what concessions would you be willing to make in economic and social policy?
7. What action or object do you find to be personally immoral, but should not be banned?
8. The median hourly wage in Mississippi is $14.40. How would raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour in Mississippi impact the labor market?
9. 73% of Americans do not use their college degree in their careers. Why do we need more college graduates?
10. How can you both justify Sanders Medicare for All plan by saying every other industrialized democracy has universal coverage while not recognizing that same plan is far outside what every other industrialized democracy does?