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Intro Essay — Resolved: In matters of international trade, globalization ought to be valued above protectionism.

December 20, 2016
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In matters of international trade, globalization ought to be valued above protectionism. Bibliography Affirmative Essay Negative Essay Introduction This is a great LD topic — it’s pretty well worded, it’s incredibly timely, and it draws on a strong, two-sided controversy that has produced great debates for years. In this essay, I will review some of…

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Bibliography and File — The dominance of two major political parties in the U.S. presidential elections undermines democracy.

August 27, 2016
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The dominance of two major political parties in the U.S presidential elections undermines democracy. Since undermining the two party system could undermine the electoral college, I have included links to these files — Background/Reference The two party system .  This is a quick overview of the advantages and disadvantages of the two party system that is…

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Resolved: In the United States, wealth inequality is detrimental to democratic ideals. (file and bibliography)

December 13, 2015
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Affirmative Plutocracy in America (book) Inequality in America: Race, Poverty, and Fulfilling Democracy’s Promise (Book) Affluence and Influence: Economic Inequality and Political Power in America (Book) When does inequality threaten democracy? Why can’t conservatives get serious about income inequality? American democracy in an age of rising inequality Inequality undermines democracy Why income inequality threatens democracy…

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Resolved: When in conflict, an individual’s right of self-determination ought to be valued above public health concerns. (Introduction)

August 30, 2015
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Affirmative Essay    Negative Essay Bibliography Topic file — Related files — Introduction The Fall 2015 UIL L-D topic introduces the question of whether or not an individual’s right to self-determination should be valued above public health concerns. The impetus for the resolution most likely grew out of the debate over requiring people who are…

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Resolved: When in conflict, an individual’s right of self-determination ought to be valued above public health concerns. (Affirmative)

August 30, 2015
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Introductory Essay  Negative Essay Bibliography As I discussed in the Introductory essay, I think it is a bit difficult to defend the Affirmative. With that caveat in mind, I will explore some ideas. My first idea is to strongly recommend that you develop a specific Affirmative case. While specific cases are controversial in LD, it…

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Resolved: When in conflict, an individual’s right of self-determination ought to be valued above public health concerns. (Negative)

August 30, 2015
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Bibliography  Affirmative Essay  Intro Essay As discussed in the Introduction and Affirmative essays, debating on the Affirmative will be difficult. In this essay, I will review some of the arguments as to what that is the case. First, as discussed previously, public health is inherently about protecting the interests of the entire population. By definition,…

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When in conflict, an individual’s right of self-determination ought to be valued above public health concerns. (Bibliography)

August 18, 2015
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Intro Essay  Affirmative Essay  Negative Essay Related files General An overview of public health in the new millennium: Individual Liberty v. Public Safety. This article explores the tensions between creating an effective public health system that would be able to respond to and protect against any public health threat, and protecting individuals against unnecessary intrusions…

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Negative: When in conflict, human rights protection ought to supersede state sovereignty in the conduct of United States foreign policy.

December 28, 2014
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Intro Essay  Affirmative Essay  Attacking the Benefits of Human Rights The best way to attack human rights is to kritik the foundation of their legitimacy. There are a number of direct criticisms. First, the drive for universal rights is driven by a totalitarian impulse. Mutua, Professor of Law & Director, Human Rights Center, SUNY Buffalo,…

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Affirmative: When in conflict, human rights protection ought to supersede state sovereignty in the conduct of United States foreign policy.

December 27, 2014
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Planet Debate File.  Introductory Essay The Affirmative As discussed in the introductory essay, there are a number of approaches the Affirmative can take, and these approaches are not mutually exclusive. First, the Affirmative can argue that there is a big impact to human rights and that that impact outweighs other impacts. Global warfare. An argument…

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Introduction: When in conflict, human rights protection ought to supersede state sovereignty in the conduct of United States foreign policy.

December 27, 2014
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Planet Debate file  Affirmative Essay RESOLVED: When in conflict, human rights protection ought to supersede state sovereignty in the conduct of United States foreign policy. Introduction The Spring UIL L-D resolution asks the question of whether or not the United States should protect human rights in other countries even if that protection comes at the…

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