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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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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: States ought to eliminate their nuclear arsenals (file, bibliography, argument list)

421 page initial file — General On creating the conditions for nuclear disarmament (2019) Related: Should the US expand and modernize its nuclear arsenal? The Millennials’ Nuclear Weapons Dilemma (2019).  When survival demands one to be unflinchingly red in tooth and claw, the logic of brutality prevails. This persuasive fact compels the development of weapons of mass destruction — nuclear, chemical, biological, etc. No religion, peace evangelist, nor holy man

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Resolved: In the United States, colleges and universities ought not consider standardized tests in undergraduate admissions decisions.

Affirmative Results inaccurate Results based on class Result based on race Costs of administering Negative Need an objective admissions criteria since schools vary Tests accurate measure college potential Affirmative Abolish standardized testing through college admissions (2018). This is a brief article that argues against standardized testing for college admissions. The Socialist Case Against the SAT (2019).  It also turns out that the process of SAT test-question selection is flawed in

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2019-20 LD Resolutions

Resolved: Predictive policing is unjust. Bibliography Resolved: The United States ought to grant legal personhood to natural ecosystems. Bibliography & files Resolved: Japan ought to amend Article 9 of its constitution to allow for offensive military capabilities. Bibliography and files Resolved: The United States ought to legalize adult sex work. Files and argument list Resolved: The intergenerational accumulation of wealth is antithetical to democracy. Bibliography  Resolved: In the United States,