European governments are examples of successful & prosperous states.
It was at this point my disbelief morphed into distaste.
Yes, it was at this point that I had to say, this guy prefers fantasy to facts. like so many statists of course.
Overall I thought the interaction was pretty courteous despite his distinct lack of knowledge on the topic. I was impressed that he didnt resort to insults or passive aggression, which says a lot for the fella I think. Of course his opposition was all the usual strawmen, but for someone that has seemingly never heard these ideas before I guess that's to be expected. But it was kind of annoying when he would just repeat the same strawman again, assuming his answer to be 'a given'.
What were your thoughts on the debate Stef?. Did you find any value in it at all? How was the audience feedback, since I didnt see the live stream itself. Did it have much impact on them out there. Perhaps to early to say maybe.
Anyway, thought you handled it really well, with some well placed self deprecating, but confident humour which was particularly sharp this time round I thought. Good job!