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Resolved: The United States ought to replace the Electoral College with a direct national popular vote.
Resolved: The United States should no longer pressure Israel to work toward a two-state solution.
Resolved: The United States should lift its embargo against Cuba
Resolved: In order to better respond to international conflicts, the United States should significantly increase its military spending.
Intro Essay. This is my initial essay that outlines the topic with a broad scope.
Researching the military spending topic. This essay covers how students should research the topic on their own.
Bibliography. This is my initial bibliography on the topic. As I’ve cut new cards, I haven’t updated the bibliography.
These are essays on how to answer specific Pro and Con Argument
Core “Answers To (A2)” Blocks
Topic Area Files
Resolved: The United States should end Plan Colombia.
Imperialism K -- Subscribers Only (701.5 KiB)
Imperialism K Answers -- Subscribers Only (334.7 KiB)
Development K -- Subscribers Only (542.2 KiB)
Development K Answers -- Subscribers Only (166.1 KiB)
Foreign Aid Good -- Subscribers Only (121.8 KiB)
Foreign Aid Fails -- Subscribers Only (498.5 KiB)
Winning November Topic —
Resolved: On balance, the benefits of the Internet of Things outweigh the harms of decreased personal privacy.
CONSOLIDATED FILES —
November 3 PF Update -- Subscribers Only (148.9 KiB)— New file if you’ve already organized everything else
IoT -- Con -- Subscribers Only (507.8 KiB)
IoT -- Pro -- Subscribers Only (801.4 KiB)
IoT -- Background -- Subscribers Only (53.1 KiB)
Drones Good Consolidated -- Subscribers Only (226.9 KiB)
Drones Bad Consolidated -- Subscribers Only (85.3 KiB)
Economic Growth Good
Dedev Answers -- Subscribers Only (56.5 KiB)
Original Files — These have already been consolidated
Bibliography — Resolved: On balance, smartphones have improved the quality of life for users.
September-October — The Probable Cause topic is the winner for September-October!
Resolved: In United States public K-12 schools, the probable cause standard ought to apply to searches of students.
MEGA File — This 580 page file incorporates all of our evidence and updates. It also includes scripted contentions and rebuttals for common arguments.
SROS Bad Upate -- Subscribers Only (39.7 KiB)
Wake Forest Lectures —
School to Prison Pipeline
Notes — http://tinyurl.com/j4z9c2b
School Security Debate
Notes — http://tinyurl.com/hxejcjq
Core Novice Blocks — All you need to get your beginners started!
Race Law K -- Subscribers Only (223.7 KiB)
This topic is the LOSER!
OPTION 2 – Resolved: United States public K-12 schools should be allowed to regulate students’ off-campus electronic speech.
Resolved: On balance, a one-day national primary would be more beneficial for the United States than our current presidential primary process.
May NCFL Topic
Resolved Human genetic engineering should be banned
April PF Topic
Resolved: To alleviate income inequality in the United States, increased spending on public infrastructure should be prioritized over increased spending on means-tested welfare programs.
Inequality Topic Update -- Subscribers Only (52.8 KiB)
Pell Grants Fail -- Subscribers Only (30.9 KiB)
Job Training Pro and Con -- Subscribers Only (60.3 KiB)
March PF Topic
Resolved: The United States should withdraw its military presence from Okinawa.
China -- SCS Neg -- Subscribers Only (99.5 KiB)
February PF Topic
Resolved: The United States federal government should adopt a carbon tax.
Cap and Trade Fails -- Subscribers Only (155.6 KiB)
Carbon Tax Update -- 1-21-16 -- Subscribers Only (185.3 KiB)
Carbon Tax Good -- Subscribers Only (255.2 KiB)
Carbon Tax Bad -- Subscribers Only (95.4 KiB)
Climate Answers -- Subscribers Only (313.1 KiB)
Climate Update 2 -- Subscribers Only (151.1 KiB)
Climate Change And Morality -- Subscribers Only (299.5 KiB)
Climate Impacts -- Subscribers Only (460.8 KiB)
Ice Age DA -- Subscribers Only (147.3 KiB)
Ice Age Answers -- Subscribers Only (256.2 KiB)
Related (because carbon tax –> nuclear power)
Nuclear Power Update -- 2015 -- Subscribers Only (241.2 KiB)
Related (because carbon tax impacts the oil economy)
Russia Oil Disadvantage -- Subscribers Only (397.1 KiB)
Oil Dependence Bad -- Subscribers Only (71.0 KiB)
Oil Shocks -- Subscribers Only (180.5 KiB)
Oil War -- Subscribers Only (167.6 KiB)
Peak Oil -- Subscribers Only (225.1 KiB)
January PF Topic
Resolved: On balance, economic sanctions are reducing the threat Russia poses to Western interests.
December PF Topic
Resolved: On balance, standardized testing is beneficial to K-12 education in the United States.
November PF Topic
In response to the current crisis, a government should prioritize the humanitarian needs of refugees over its national interests.
Refugees -- Core Blocks -- Subscribers Only (127.6 KiB)
We have a new, supplement file that has has supporting link evidence on international law, contemporary international law, international legal support, Palestinian refugees fleeing Syria, and refoulment.
PF Refugees Update -- Subscribers Only (166.9 KiB)
To support your preparation, we have a 600+ page file (below) available. Table of Contents
Cosmopolitanism Answers -- Subscribers Only (310.9 KiB)
Open Borders Pro -- Subscribers Only (446.6 KiB)
Open Borders Con -- Subscribers Only (133.3 KiB)
Resolution Background —This essay covers an explanation of the terms of the resolution, international law, and the strategic considerations.
Pro Essay — Arguments that support the Pro side of the resolution.
Con Essay — Arguments that support the Pro side of the resolution.
Refugee Crisis Background This essay provides general background on the European refugee crisis. The topic background that is specific to the resolution is above.
Human Rights Good -- Subscribers Only (118.4 KiB)
Human Rights K -- Subscribers Only (367.5 KiB)
AT International Law -- Subscribers Only (464.2 KiB)
International Law Good -- Subscribers Only (120.4 KiB)
2015 September/October PF Topic
Resolved: The United States Federal Government ought to pay reparations to African Americans.
Reparations Update #5 -- Subscribers Only (179.2 KiB)
Some New, Specific Arguments
Some teams argued for specific reparations — job training, educational vouchers, housing vouchers, direct financial transfers, and building hospitals and schools in poor areas. These files has some Pro (and a lot of Con) evidence about the workability of job training and education vouchers.
Job Training Pro and Con -- Subscribers Only (60.3 KiB)
Pro and Con Speeches — Two very basic speeches to help get you started. I suggest editing these to meet the expectations of your area/league.
Reparations Con Speech -- Subscribers Only (27.2 KiB)
This file has all of the files below consolidated into one file (updated through 9-7) —
Reparations Master File -- Subscribers Only (388.7 KiB)
Afropessimism and the trillion dollar reparation (free with registration)
Reparations Update #3 -- Subscribers Only (141.6 KiB)
Reparations Update -- Subscribers Only (109.1 KiB)
Reparations Update #2 -- Subscribers Only (59.5 KiB)
Policy Backfile —
Reparations Good -- Subscribers Only (326.0 KiB)
Afropessimism K -- Subscribers Only (935.9 KiB)
Gift K -- Subscribers Only (195.9 KiB)
Resolved: On balance, police are more responsible than protesters for recent civil unrest in the United States.