First Consideration of our EQ: How is POWER distributed?

How accurately does Eric Liu understand power? In other words, ďHe saysĒ power isÖ, and ďI sayĒ power isÖ

Disagreeing Templates: assert an alternative point of view by offering persuasive reasons why you disagree: show factors not taken into account by the original argument, highlight faulty or incomplete evidence, question the assumptions or flawed logic of another point of view.

  1. Liu is mistaken because he overlooks _____________.

  2. Liuís claim that _________ rests upon the questionable assumption that __________.

  3. I disagree with Liuís view that ______ because, as recent events have shown, _____.

  4. Liu contradicts himself. On the one hand, he argues ___; on the other hand, he also says_____.


Agreeing Templates: support a view taken by someone else by bringing a fresh idea to the discussion: highlight new evidence, synthesize with your corroborating experience, or provide an accessible translation of an esoteric point.

  1. I agree with Liu that power  _______________, because my experience with ___________ confirms it.

  2. Liu is surely right about power, because as he may not have been aware _____________.

  3. Liuís notion of power is extremely useful because it sheds light on the difficult problem of __________.

  4. Those unfamiliar with Liu's TED talk and his notion of power may be interested to know that it basically boils down to ________.


Agree and Disagree: show the merits and limitations of different aspects of the original argument, even stress one end of the spectrum over the other.

  1. Though I concede that Liu believes ________, I still insist that _________.

  2. Liu is right that _________, but he seems on more dubious ground when he claims that ____________.

  3. While Liu is probably wrong when he claims that __________, he is right that __________.

  4. Whereas Liu provides ample evidence that __________, his point on __________ convinces that __________ instead.

  5. I am of two minds about Liuís claim that _________. On the on hand, I agree that __________. On the other hand, Iím not sure if ____________.

  6. My feelings on the nature of power are mixed. I do support Liuís position that _______, but I find that __________ is equally persuasive.