Saturday, June 16, 2012

Nats and LD Topics

Nats Wrap-up
It has been an interesting week following the National Tournament results; especially the debate rounds in Policy, Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum.  The NFL did an excellent job keeping everything up-to-date and easy to follow on their live-stream page.

As much as would I love to talk about the arguments and positions in the final round debates, I will refrain.  The season is now officially over and I doubt many of you will care what I have to say about those rounds.  Anyway, I would like to extend sincere congratulations to the competitors and finalists.

Potential LD Topics
During the week the NFL released the list of potential LD topics for next year.  I will briefly discuss these topics throughout the summer.

For links to LD topic analyses and articles, click here.
Lincoln Douglas Topic List for 2012 – 2013

Resolved: The constitutions of democratic governments ought to include procedures for secession.

Resolved: When making admissions decisions, public colleges and universities in the United States ought to favor members of historically disadvantaged groups.

Resolved: United States Supreme Court justices should be subject to term limits.

Resolved: The United States is justified in intervening in the internal political processes of other countries to attempt to stop human rights abuses.

Resolved: In a democracy, voting ought to be compulsory.

Resolved: On balance, the privatization of civil services serves the public interest.

Resolved: On balance, labor unions in the United States are beneficial.

Resolved: The United States ought to guarantee universal health care for its citizens.

Resolved: Oppressive government is more desirable than no government.

Resolved: Rehabilitation ought to be valued above retribution in the United States criminal justice system.

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