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

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

News articles GM foods at the Guardian GM Foods Good/Safe Risk-only assessment of genetically engineered crops is too risky (2019). Every new or improved technology, regardless of its particular field or application, can involve risk, potential risk, or perception of risk by stakeholders and/or end users. However, it is often overlooked that the rejection of technology also has risks in the form of missed opportunities for benefits. For example, a

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Resolved: The people’s right to know ought to be valued above the government’s need for secrecy (Bibliography)

Bibliography — General Openness Good/Yes Right to Know Secrecy and the right to know.  One of the original articles (1976) that argued for the right to know. ” The purpose of this paper is to begin weighing these considerations systematically. We begin with several premises: that reduced secrecy is vital to the healthy public debate of national policy; that Congress has, on the whole, an interest in making information public,

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

In matters of international trade, globalization ought to be valued above protectionism. 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 the key terms, offer a bit of background, and discuss arguments on both sides of the topic. There are many,

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In matters of international trade, globalization ought to be valued above protectionism(Bibliography)

[wpfilebase tag=”file” id=424] This bibliography covers very recent articles related to the trade protectionism/globalization controversy triggered by Brexit and the election of Trump. There is obviously a lot of additional literature that is a bit slightly older on the advantages and disadvantages of both trade protectionism and globalization.  That evidence is available in our release but I did not reproduced the citations here. Trump and the Status Quo Trump and Trade:

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Resolved: Public colleges and universities in the United States ought not restrict any constitutionally protected speech (Bibliography)

Background Fighting for free speech on America’s campuses.  This August 2016 article covers the general background of the dispute. It’s a good initial read. Affirmative — General The coddling of the American mind. This widely read article is written by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt. Lukianoff is the director of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and the leading proponent of the theory that speech codes wrongly coddle college

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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: 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

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

  Introduction Personally, I’m very skeptical of the desirability of private gun ownership. The regular gun violence that occurs in the US is terrible and I don’t think the benefits of continuing gun ownership are that compelling. That said, my opinion is in the significant minority (even among people who support significant regulation of guns) and there is really nothing in American history that supports a ban. As noted, a

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

[wpfilebase tag=”file” id=1206] 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

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

[wpfilebase tag=”file” id=1005] [wpfilebase tag=”file” id=1017] Resolved: In the United States, private ownership of handguns ought to be banned. Affirmative essay   Negative essay The Resolution and the Current Supreme Court Interpretation of the Second Amendment The framers of this resolution meant well. Prior to 2008, Washington, DC and the City of Chicago, including a couple of its suburbs, had bans on the possession/ownership of handguns in the home.  These bans