Sphere is an online debate series designed to create the gold standard for civil discussions of policy issues and political philosophy based on common values and shared objectives. Developed in response to the current tone of public discourse, the assaults on our institutions of government and civil society, and the need to secure the future of our democracy and the rule of law, Sphere sets an example of constructive engagement on areas of disagreement, while providing the opportunity to emphasize areas of agreement. Sphere is a collaboration between the Cato Institute and the Brookings Institution. Our objective is to debate contentious public policy issues in a productive and engaging manner—to lower the temperature without abandoning our deeply held ideas and principles.
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