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Conor Friedersdorf (The Atlantic, Byliner) and Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero)

Conor asks whether Bob might abandon the Democratic Party over national security issues. Bob posits that humans aren’t evolutionarily equipped to evaluate the possibility of blowback in foreign affairs. Conor wonders why Americans aren’t more willing to impose checks on the executive branch—what won’t the public will accept in the name of “security”? They next discuss whether Obama’s mild manner causes people to accept policies that they would object to under a more cowboyish president. Bob presses Conor about what he hopes to gain by voting for Libertarian Party candidates. They conclude with Bob making the case that network effects all but guarantee Facebook’s long-term success—an argument Conor isn’t buying.

Recorded:Jun 5    Posted:Jun 6, 2012
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Friedersdorf | Jun 6, 2012 | Conor Friedersdorf & Robert Wright

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