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Resolved, that the United States should not have used atomic bombs to end World War II.
 

Resolved, that national security is more important than protecting individual liberties.

Background: Policymakers know that whenever government takes any action, some individual rights are going to be encroached upon.  Thus, they must seek a balance between the benefits an action affords society and the costs to individuals within the society. In the United States, the Constitution supposedly lays down certain inviolable individual rights which government must [...]

Resolved, that pursuing contact with extraterrestrial life should not be a government priority.

Background: “Contact” here refers to human beings consciously and deliberately seeking to contact other sentient life forms in the universe–the primary purpose is to “connect” with them, like through communications devices that either send out signals or listen for incoming signals.  Efforts to prepare for contact with ETs, like the recently-created United Nations Office for [...]

Resolved, that the United States should not have used atomic bombs to end World War II.

Resolved, that the United States should not have used atomic bombs to end World War II.

Historical Debate: In retrospect, should the US really have unleashed the nuclear weapon?

Resolved, That curfews prohibiting teens from being outside past a certain point be abolished.

14 April 2011

Background: Curfews have been in place since the early 1900s but weren’t enforced for minors until the 80s and 90s as juvenile crime rose.  Curfews are intended to both keep teens from committing crimes and to prevent them from becoming victims themselves. Most curfews are enforced on a local level and generally take effect from [...]

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Resolved, that the pharmaceutical industry be banned from marketing directly to consumers.

14 April 2011

Background: The United States pharmaceutical industry spends more than $20 billion per year marketing its patented drugs. Drug companies employ two main types of marketing: “marketing and promotion,” which is directed at health care professionals, and “direct-to-consumer,” which, as the name implies, is directly to patients. This “direct-to-consumer” advertisement, which costs $5 billion dollars a [...]

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Thought Talk: Can the United States remain the preeminent global superpower in the face of China’s rise?

14 April 2011

Background: A superpower is a nation-state which has the power to influence international developments to its own interest and then project its power worldwide to safeguard and advance those interests.  China’s seemingly spectacular economic growth in recent years to one of the world’s largest economies (its economy is growing at an astonishing 9% a year) [...]

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Resolved, that the United States should stay out of foreign conflicts for the next half-century.

14 April 2011

Background: Throughout much of this nation’s history, the United States maintained an isolationist attitude towards foreign conflicts. However, globalization, brought about by extensive trading around the world beginning in the 19th century, made it more and more difficult for the US to maintain neutrality in multinational affairs. Those in favor of American disengagement from foreign [...]

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Resolved, that regulations be increased on prescription drugs.

14 April 2011

Background:  Prescription drugs, according to US law, are medicines that can only be obtained if a practicing medical doctor of some sort prescribes them.  The symbol for prescription drugs is Rx, an abbreviated version of the Latin word “recipe,” meaning “take thus.”  However, people more and more are beginning to “take thus” without prescriptions, illegally. [...]

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Thought Talk: How should Congress handle the issue surrounding the debt ceiling?

14 April 2011

Background: A debt ceiling is defined as the maximum borrowing power of a governmental entity. This said, there has been much debate concerning the US debt ceiling. There are diverse of ideas in Congress on how to handle the debt ceiling, and the ideas among the public are even more diverse. With the debt ceiling [...]

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Resolved, that the United States should make a bid to hold the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

14 April 2011

Background: The FIFA World Cup is arguably the most widely recognized sporting achievement among all mankind. Following the considerable success of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the 2014 FIFA World Cup is slated to be held in Brazil, which holds the most World Cup wins out of every nation that has ever [...]

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Resolved, that criminals be subject to indentured servitude as punishment.

14 April 2011

Background: The Federal Department of Labor (DOL) was founded in 1913 and the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) in 1930; the two agencies have had zero interaction with each other since.  Seeing as we are in a recession and, lack affordable labor but have a total sentenced population of 190,686, prisoners taking tax money is contradictory; [...]

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Resolved, That the release of confidential diplomatic cables in the WikiLeaks incident was justified.

14 April 2011

Background: WikiLeaks is a whistleblowing website directed by Australian journalist Julian Assange. It was launched into the public eye for the first time recently after publishing footage which depicted American soldiers firing upon Iraqi civilians and journalists. Since then, the site has gained notoriety for its Afghan War Diaries series, Iraq War Logs, and, most [...]

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Resolved, That the United States law should supersede International Law.

14 April 2011

Background: The issue of United States law versus international law, which is unique in that it provides legal boundaries in disputes between countries rather than individuals, has been present since the formation of the League of Nations in 1919. Now, the United Nations provides much of the groundwork for international legislation. In recent years, President [...]

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