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Essay — Resolved: Public colleges and universities in the United States ought not restrict any constitutionally protected speech.

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Essay — Resolved: Public colleges and universities in the United States ought not restrict any constitutionally protected speech.

Public colleges and universities in the United States ought not restrict any constitutionally protected speech. These are my thoughts that unpack the topic. As I do more reading, I’ll continue to update the essay. Bibliography  One of the most divisive First Amendment debates of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries has been about the constitutionality of university hate speech regulations. The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Virginia v. Black,  recognizing

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Essay — Resolved: The United States ought to limit qualified immunity for police officers.

ALL LD RESOURCES Resolved: The United States ought to limit qualified immunity for police officers. Introduction The November-December L-D topic deals with the question of whether or not qualified immunity for police officers should be limited, which is a very important question. In this essay, I will review the key terms of the resolution, provide essential background information, and discuss some of the common arguments you are likely to hear

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Essay — Resolved: Countries ought to prohibit the production of nuclear power.

Resolved: Countries ought to prohibit the production of nuclear power.  Introduction The general nuclear power good-bad debate is a great one.  There are many interesting and well-defended arguments on both sides. This resolution, however, is really not so good. Why? Because no one advocates banning nuclear power.  Sure, many individuals and institutions oppose its expansion. Others prefer that it be phased out as traditional renewable energy resources become more widely

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The Role of Human Rights in the NSDA L-D Resolution

  The NSDA resolution for the national tournament asks the question of whether or not immigration, which is the “action of coming to live permanently in a foreign country” (Google Definitions) should be considered a “human right.” Unlike the NSDA PF resolution, which is relatively simple, this resolution introduces a number of very complex policy and philosophical questions. In this post, I will look specifically the idea of human rights

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Resolved: The United States ought to promote democracy in the Middle East (Intro)

Introduction The Lincoln-Douglas resolution asks the question of whether or not the US should promote democracy in the Middle East. This is a very complex resolution that really asks many different questions – (a) Should the United States promoted democracy at all? (b) Is any democracy promotion effective? (c) How are questions A & B answered in the context of the Middle East? (d) Is such promotion, even if it

Resolved: In the United States, private ownership of handguns ought to be banned (Negative))

  Introduction I’ve always been a pretty strong advocate of gun control, though my reading on this topic has substantially tempered my opinion on the matter.  As you will see in this essay, there are a lot of strong Negative arguments. Answering the Harms Answering the harms of gun violence is not easy.  It is a simple reality that gun violence is widespread in US society, with close to 30,000