I Challenged Annie Leonard to a Debate

by Lee Doren on March 15, 2010

Many of you have seen my “Story of Stuff” critique. I also learned a few weeks ago that Annie Leonard would be releasing the “Story of Bottled Water,” and “The Story of Stuff” book, which I have almost finished reading. Sadly, I know many compassionate teachers will attempt to bring the book into classrooms the same way they used the video.

Despite the flaws in Leonard’s arguments, which I outlined extensively in the critique, there is hope because Annie writes in her book, and states in interviews, that she welcomes debate. Consequently, I attended her book signing yesterday to challenge her to debate the merits of her work at any university in the Country. I even brought her two gifts: 1) Thomas Sowell’s Basic Economics, A Common Sense Guide to the Economy, 3rd edition; and 2) An “Enjoy Capitalism” T-shirt.

As you will see in the video below, she seems willing to have that discussion with me, and although she thinks I lack compassion, I hope she’ll prove the late William F. Buckley wrong when he said: “Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.”

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