3/25/2010 – The Wilsonian Foreign Policy Debate


The Philodemic gathered for one of the most gripping, entertaining and intellectually-challenging debates of the semester tonight when it tackled “Resolved: The foreign policy of Woodrow Wilson did more harm than good.” Delivering a polished Affirmation keynote, Chancellor Randy Drew painted a picture of a man who was not evil, but who succumbed to his own flaws, and failed the world and his country in their hour of need. A powerful Negation keynote came from Mr. Drew Peterson, who reminded the Philodemic that we see Wilson’s successful legacy today: in free people, in international institutions, and in free trade. On the floor, debate was equally animated. Mr. Desnick immediately reframed the debate by challenging the very decision to enter World War I in 1917, while Chancellor Rugg equated Wilson to a fascist thug. Mr. Myers entertained us all with a rendition of an Irving Berlin ditty about the failures of reparations, and Mr. Biesiada capped off the evening with a ground-breaking assertion that Wilson obliterated the Western state system.

A testament to the phenomenal nature of this debate is the fact that it’s outcome was decided by a single vote. The Philodemic negated the resolution with 21 votes to 20 affirming and 3 abstaining.

The following Merrick points were awarded:

1: Hale

2: Walker

3: Cantirino

4: Drew

5: Peterson


1: Henderson

2: Olmstead

3: Grace, Desnick

4: McElroy, Kwami

5: Dulik, Green, Downes, Tosetti

11: Hale

12: Harbour, Hale

15: Cantirino

16: Drew

17: Walker

21: Peterson

Please join us in the Philodemic Room on Thursday, April 8 at 8 pm to debate a resolution to be decided upon at Saturday’s 12pm business meeting (which you should certainly attend as well)! See the Philodemic Society group on Facebook for more information.



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