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Potential 2020-1 LD Topics

Potential 2020-1 LD Topics

September/October 2020 Resolved: The United States ought to adopt a proportional representation system for elections to the House of Representatives. Resolved: In a democracy, voting ought to be compulsory. Resolved: Social media companies ought to be legally responsible for content posted by users on their platforms. November/December 2020 Resolved: In the United States, workers ought to have the legal right to vote for representatives on corporate boards. Resolved: The United

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Free Cards: Inequality and Democracy

More Free Inequality and Democracy Resources COVID-19 massively increased economic and health inequality Doyle McManus — Los Angeles Times, May 10, 2020, https://www.omaha.com/opinion/doyle-mcmanus-coronavirus-has-worsened-our-already-serious-economic-inequality/article_06d56a98-eb7e-5585-8799-f8697d8c457d.html We live in an unequal society, and the coronavirus is making it worse. The pandemic has struck disproportionately at poor people in cities, almost as if it were deliberately targeting minorities. In New York, the death rate among African Americans and Latinos has been roughly twice as

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Resolved: The intergenerational accumulation of wealth is antithetical to democracy

Affirmative Concentrated wealth makes it possible to buy off the government Concentrated wealth makes it too difficult to move between socioeconomic classes Widening inequality causes poverty Negative Passing on wealth is an incentive to accumulate it Wealth accumulation critical to business development and innovation Families support the development of businesses are entitled to it Background Intergenerational wealth transmission and the dynamic of inequality in small socities (2009). Small-scale human societies

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Nuclear Weapons Daily Update

Failure to disarm undermines the NPT Pressenza International Press Agency, March 13, 2020, The Virus of Nuclear Proliferation, https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/03/12/virus-nuclear-proliferation In an avalanche of reporting we are now assaulted with information about how the world is urgently attempting to batten down the hatches to avoid the possibility of deathly consequences from the broadly publicized outbreak of the coronavirus, causing the possibility of postponing or perhaps downsizing the upcoming five year mandatory

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Genetically Modified Foods Daily Update

New study proves GM foods are safe Dr. K S Parthasarathy, August 27, 2019, Feeding Rats With Two Types Of GM Maize: No Effects Detected On Rat Health Or Metabolism, https://www.eurasiareview.com/27082019-safety-of-genetically-modified-foodstuffs-oped/ The importance of Genetically Modified Organisms and the need to promote GM technology remain controversial topics. Recently, a few senior Indian scientists debated inconclusively many aspects of GM technology including whether GM Bt cotton failed in India or not.

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Standardized Admissions Tests Daily Update

Standardized tests biased against minorities and discourage application to top universities Beth Hawkins, August 19, 2019, http://laschoolreport.com/big-promises-big-data-is-the-sats-new-environmental-context-score-a-tool-to-personalize-college-admissions-or-another-impersonal-data-point/, Big promises, big data: Is the SAT’s new ‘environmental context’ score a tool to personalize college admissions, or another impersonal data point? Alas, it hasn’t worked out that way. Among students who took the ACT between 2014 and 2018, just 11 percent of African Americans met at least three college-ready benchmarks. Twenty-four percent

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Resolved: The benefits of genetically modified food outweigh the risks (Texas UIL LD) Intro

PRO ESSAY  CON ESSAY 1 . CON ESSAY 2  BIBLIOGRAPHY With the agriculture industry’s increasing reliance on mutant seeds, which were used in 90 percent of American corn last year, counteracted by the recent passage of mandatory GMO-labeling laws in Vermont, Maine, and Connecticut (with Oregon and Colorado likely to follow suit), GMOs are on the tips of our tongues—and at the bottoms of American stomachs—like never before. As with most

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Resolved: The benefits of genetically modified food outweigh the risks (Texas UIL LD) PRO

Free registration required to read In order to establish that the benefits of GM foods outweigh the harms, Pro teams need to establish offensive reasons why GM foods are good and make defensive arguments against the Con claims that GM foods are bad. The benefits of Genetically Modified Foods I will start with the discussion of the offensive arguments – the benefits of the GMOs – and then address the

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Resolved: The benefits of genetically modified food outweigh the risks (Texas UIL LD) CON Pt 1

Introduction In order to win that the harms of GM foods (GMF) outweigh the benefits, Con teams will need to be able to win that GMOs are not advantageous (or at least minimize the advantages) and still win that the harms of GM foods outweigh the benefits. This essay will be divided into three parts. In the first part, I will discuss how to answer the arguments in favor of