Welcome to the Great Debate
When we first began talking about a new section that would encourage Reuters.com readers to debate the issues of the day, the credit crisis had yet to explode into the global threat that it is today. Less than four months later, the public appetite for debate and new ideas has never been greater. Barack Obama was speaking for many across the political spectrum when he said the crisis “calls for the best ideas, the brightest minds, the most innovative solutions from every corner of this country,” although few would expect the search for ideas to stop at the U.S. border.
The debate around those ideas would have once been limited largely to the corridors of power, the newspaper editorial writers and the occasional letter to the editor. But this crisis is taking place at a time when every idea is challenged in the public forum of the Internet. The economic proposals discussed at the Nov. 15 meeting of world leaders in Washington will be instantly dissected, debated and reworked, and the consensus of that global conversation will feed back in some form to the policy makers.
With our global reach and expertise in finance and politics, Reuters is uniquely placed to host that debate. On this page, you will find Reuters columnists and other interesting voices from outside our newsroom discussing the credit crisis and other issues that concern our readers, such as politics, corporate ethics, technology and religion. You’ll also find selected entries from our blogs and pointers to the news stories of the day. We invite you to advance the debate by posting insightful comments, adhering to the house rules listed below. The pithiest and most insightful will be highlighted on the Great Debate home page.
While the topics won’t always be as far-reaching as the original Great Debate of 1920, when two astronomers tried to define our place in the universe, we hope the discussion will be just as passionate.
Global editor, Reuters consumer media
Picture: Stagehands erect a piece of the set at the site of the third and final US presidential debate REUTERS/Jim Bourg