Billionaires Debate

  • Event Start: 5th June 2019, 8:30pm
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This House Believes it is Immoral to be a Billionaire

Within the context of increasing inequality in today’s world, questions have been raised about whether the very existence of billionaires poses a moral dilemma.  Billionaires, their businesses, and their philanthropic endeavours create and improve millions of lives globally.  But is the mere existence of such wealth symptomatic of a system that is fundamentally broken?  Do billionaires have a moral responsibility to anyone but themselves?

Speakers in Proposition:

  • Anand Giridharadas  :  Author of Winners Take All and a former columnist for the New York Times, Giridharadas is currently Editor-at-Large for TIME and a political analyst at MSNBC
  • Prof Mehrsa Baradaran  :  A law professor at the University of Georgia specialising in banking law, she has written two books, How the Other Half Banks and The Color of Money

Speakers in Opposition:

  • Helen Thomas CFA  :  Having worked in financial markets for over 17 years, Thomas was an advisor to George Osborne during the financial crisis.  She founded her own macroeconomic consulting firm, BlondMoney, in 2017
  • Peter Singer  :  A moral philosopher specialising in applied ethics, he approaches ethical issues from a secular utilitarian perspective.  His essay Famine, Affluence, and Morality argues for a more philanthropic society

Prior to this debate, the Emergency Debate will be held at 7.45pm on a motion to be decided at this week's Consultative Committee