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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?

Thought Talk: Is freedom worth dying for?

14 April 2011

Background: Freedom is commonly known as the quality or state of being free from oppression. Freedom can also be defined in the positive sense of the term, which involves having the liberty and resources to fulfill one’s own potential. The opposite of a free society is a totalitarian state, which highly restricts political freedom in […]

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Resolved, that Civil War Reconstruction was a failure.

14 April 2011

Background:   The Civil War Reconstruction, under President Andrew Johnson’s guidance, was a time period in which America readmitted the former Confederate States back into the Union after the Civil War.  Many laws and political decisions were made that altered the way the country was to be run. From deciding freedmen’s place in society, to building […]

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Thought Talk: Will stricter gun control and gun related punishments reduce the likelihood of more gun related crimes?

14 April 2011

Background: With new technology, guns are becoming more and more dangerous. Many people are turning to stricter gun control laws as a solution to the issue, but will that be enough? There is a lot of concern as to whether strict laws will promote black market sales, making access to guns easier than ever before […]

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Resolved, that the Federal Reserve be abolished.

14 April 2011

Background: The current banking system started after a few very unstable decades between 1873 and 1908.  The House Committee on Banking and Finance presented Woodrow Wilson with what would become the Federal Reserve Act in 1912; it was passed in 1913.  The act was a compromise between private banks’ interests and populist sentiment.  The Great […]

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Resolved, that the U.S Government legalize industrial hemp.

14 April 2011

Background: Hemp has a large list of potential industrial uses including textiles, paper, rope, fuel, construction materials, and biocomposites (biodegradable materials with medical applications). Since 2007, commercial success of hemp food products has grown considerably. While more hemp is exported to the United States than to any other country, the United States Government does not […]

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Resolved, That the 14th Amendment does not protect against sexual or sexual-orientation discrimination.

14 April 2011

Background: The 14th Amendment states that “all persons born or naturalized in the United States…are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside….[No] State [shall] deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the […]

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Resolved, that imperialism was beneficial to the developing world.

14 April 2011

Background: According to The Dictionary of Human Geography, imperialism is the creation and maintenance of an unequal economic, cultural, and territorial relationship, usually between states and often in the form of an empire, based on domination and subordination.  Beginning in the 1850’s, world superpowers, such as Britain, France, and Germany, began setting up imperialistic colonies […]

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Resolved, that as per the theory of “social entropy,” all our social systems will eventually dissolve into chaos.

14 April 2011

Background: Social Entropy is a theory about the inevitable destruction of sociopolitical systems. A Social Entropist believes that each individual political and social theory is merely a step along the path towards what they believe is mankind’s inevitable and final evolution of political government: anarchy. The essential argument for social entropy is that political systems […]

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Thought Talk: What obligations should nation-states have to those seeking asylum?

14 April 2011

Background: When the Tunisian dictator Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali was ousted from power following protests, his family was denied asylum in the US. The Obama administration felt it would be too dangerous to allow such politically charged figures to be granted sanctuary. This rationale extended to deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, who was also denied […]

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Resolved, there is no such thing as an American identity.

14 April 2011

Background: Historically, America has been a land of great diversity and promise, and the “American Dream” represents the freedom to do what you want to do. The question of American Identity is whether an individual bears more loyalty to his culture of origin or to that of the United States. There is still uncertainty as […]

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