Saturday, July 4, 2015

World Schools Debate Academy Tournament, Slovenia 2015


THBT there should be obligatory equal paid parental leave for women and men.

THBT Google should inform authorities about suicidal searches.

This house would make membership in a labour union compulsory for every worker.

THBT all meat eaters should earn the right to be carnivores by personally slaughtering a major meat animal.

THBT schools should avoid instilling a sense of patriotism.

THBT democracies should extend voting rights to resident migrant workers.

THW approve of the installation of non-medical information technology (such as enhanced memory, enhanced perception and distance communication) within the human body.

THBT we should not watch ISIS execution videos.

Monday, June 29, 2015

World Schools Debate Academy 2015 Impromptu Motion List

We should tell our friends if they have been cheated on in a relationship.

Teenagers who have pocket money should share it with teenagers who do not.

THBT Google should inform authorities about suicidial searches.

THW would require companies to put images of animals suffering on all products and food whose production harmed or killed animals.

Testing products for humans on animals is immoral. MONDAY

THBT states should tax products on the basis of their ecologilcal footprint.

THBT all municipalities should not export their garbage.


THBT schools should avoid instilling a sense of patriotism.

THBT parents should push their kids to achieve, even if that comes at the expense of their child’s happiness.

This house believes both parents should be required to attend parenting classes before and after having a child.


THBT parents should monitor the electronic communications of their children, for example by installing spyware, requiring their children to give them their passwords, or reading browser histories.

THBT developed countries should grant an amnesty to illegal immigrants.

THBT democracies should extend voting rights to resident migrant workers.

THW not allow individuals to opt into a one-way mission to Mars with the Mars One Project.

Planet Earth should not seek to contact with extraterrestrial intelligence in the near future.

THW give the people sentenced for life in prison an option to choose a death sentence.

THW not punish those who live below the poverty line for economic crimes, e.g. theft.

THW discourage the installation of non-medical information technology (such as enhanced

memory, enhanced perception and distance communication) within the human body.

THW ban all medical procedures intended to change an individual's racial appearance.

THB economic sanctions against entire countries are a violation of human rights.

THBT we should not watch ISIS execution videos.

TH regrets the characterisation of soldiers as heroes.

THBT the government should pay housewives and househusbands for their work.

THW allow companies to decide not to hire smokers.

THBT we should grant overweight people the same protections from discrimination and hate speech as other vulnerable groups.

THW impose a high tax on unhealthy foods.

THBT individuals with bad personal lifestyles (that influence their health) should pay more for their health insurance.

There is too much money in professional sports.

This house would make membership in a labour union compulsory for every worker.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

WSDC 2015 Singapore Grand Final Motion

The Motions Committee for the 2015 World Schools Debating Championships in Singapore has now informed the organising committee that the motion for the Grand Final of this year's championship. It is:  

     This House Believes that governments should provide a guaranteed Universal Basic Income

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

WSDC 2015 Singapore - Prepared Prelim Motions

For WSDC 2015
Preliminary Round 1
This House would ban the use of zero-hour contracts
Preliminary Round 2
This House would require defendants in criminal trials to be represented exclusively by public defenders
Preliminary Round 3
This House supports academic tracking in primary and secondary education
Preliminary Round 5
This House believes that cities with significant immigrant populations should actively break up ethnic enclaves

Thursday, May 14, 2015

US World Schools Debate Invitational 2015 prepared motions

World Schools Debate Motions (listed in round order)
Prelims: Round 1: This House would end all agriculture subsidies. Round 2: Impromptu round Round 3: This House would halt all hydraulic fracturing. Round 4: Impromptu round Round 5: This House would ban the extradition of individuals who could face the death penalty abroad. Round 6: Impromptu round
Elims: Double Octafinals: This House welcomes a Greek exit from the Euro. Octafinals: Impromptu round Quarterfinals: Impromptu round Semifinals: Impromptu round
Finals: This House believes that the United States should substantially curtail its overseas military bases.

Monday, April 20, 2015

North American Universities, 2014

NAUDC, 2014
R1: THW abolish spousal privilege. Info slide: Spousal privilege protects the individual holding the privilege from being called to testify by the prosecution against the defendant/the spouse.
R2: As an author of a non-colonial language (inuktitut, iziXhosa, Quechua, etc.), THW only write in one's native language.
R3: THBT feminists should campaign to deconstruct masculinity rather than attempt to mobilize masculinity in service of feminst goals.
R4: THBT states should not hold prisoners of war after a conflict's cessation.
R5: THR the rise of pop culture authorities on what constitutes good sex (how-tos, Cosmo Magazine, etc.).
R6: THW consider an academic's publicly-stated political positions (e.g. blog posts, Tweets, editorials) in hiring, tenure, and promition decisions.
QF: THBT all media organizations should be owned and run by journalists.
SF: TH supports the prominence of the American Dream in the national discourse. Info slide: The "American Dream" refers to the notion that, regardless of one's demographics, one can significantly improve one’s quality of life through hard work and persistence.
GF: TH, as the United States, would actively foment democratic unrest in China.

Cambridge IV, November 2014

Cambridge IV, 2014
R1: THW not punish people who live below the poverty line for economic crimes (e.g. theft).
R2: Assuming the existence of individuals with superpowers (e.g. super strength, flight, invisibility etc.), TH, as a superhero, would agree to use its powers solely in service of the democratic state.
R3: THS the objectification of male bodies in popular culture.
R4: THW require that any houses or apartments left vacant for six months or more be surrendered to the state.
R5: THBT Western foreign policies should abandon attempts to universalise liberal values.
ESL Semi: THBT Google should inform the authorities about suicide searches.
ESL Final: Assuming the existence of a gay gene, THW disproportionately favour embryos that possess it in IVF.
QF: THW prohibit all research aiming to create sentient artificial intelligences.
SF: THS the New Atheism movement.
GF: THBT unpaid domestic workers should strike for state pay.

Brandeis IV, December 2014

Brandeis IV, 2014
R1: THR the commercialization of religious holidays.
R2: THBT universities should ban all fraternities and sororities.
R3: TH, as the Mexican government, would end its war against the drug cartels.
R4: THR the use of feminism as an advertising tactic.
R5: THW ban all youth wings of political parties in developing countries.
R6: THBT protesters should not use memorials as sites of protest.
QF: THP Facebook's policy of only removing content that users report as objection to a policy where Facebook itself determines restrictions on content.
SF: THBT all information marked as classified by governments should become available to the public within 50 years.
GF: THW allow communities to vote to end police supervision.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Colgate IV, 2015

Colgate IV, 2015
R1: THW account for innate capabilities when awarding grades in school.
R2: THW give prisoners who have been assaulted or seriously harmed in custody the legal right to sue the government.
R3: THR the fetishization of race in pornography.
R4: THS a full boycott of Israeli elections by all Palestinians and Arab Israelis that are eligible to vote.
R5: THW allow the US President to make a limited number of congressional votes anonymous per term.
QF: THW shut down banks that are, in the future, found to be assisting rogue states and facilitating illicit trade.
SF: THW recognise the sovereignty of land purchased by Indigenous clans or tribes. Info slide: Under the SQ sovereignty is granted only on land that is awarded to indigenous communities by the Federal government.
NF: As an LGBTQ fiscal conservative, THW vote Democrat.
GF: THW prevent the Military from engaging in active recruitment efforts.

HWS Round Robin 2015

HWS Round Robin, 2015
R1: THS establishing an independent state of Kurdistan.
R2: THW measure gross national happiness and base policy decisions on those measurements.
R3: THW disallow exclusive private arbitration for contracts between corporations and individuals. Info slide: Private arbitration is the referral of a dispute to a third party chosen by disputants, who agree in advance to be bound by the arbitrator's decision. In contracts requiring exclusive private arbitration, the parties agree to forgo recourse to a court or jury trial.
R4: Setting aside infectious diseases, THW work to prevent interaction with tribes who have not had contact with the modern world.
R5: THW prohibit religious institutions from considering applicants’ religious affiliation for any position whose primary function is not the performance of religious rites (e.g., administrators, teachers, fundraisers, etc.).
GF: THBT prominent civil society activists should choose not to run for public office.

US Universities Debate Championship 2015 - Univ, of Alaska

USU Alaska, 2015
R1: THW abolish teacher unions for primary and secondary (K-12) education.
R2: THW tax members of systematically oppressed groups at a significantly lower rate than equivalently wealthy members of groups with historic privilege.
R3: THW make it illegal for the police to tactically lie during questions and investigations.
R4: THS private space exploration and colonization.
R5: THW exempt small businesses from laws that violate their religious convictions.
R6: THW replace government welfare programs with competitive grants to private non-profits focused on social services.
R7: THW eliminate trial by jury and replace it with trial by judge.
R8: THS the significant expansion of global free trade agreements.
Octo Final: THBT adults who wish to have children and are financially able have a moral obligation to adopt rather than have biological children.
QF/NF: THBT developed countries should never place sanctions on developing countries.
SF: THBT when discussing social justice issues, the identity of a speaker should not be used to limit their participation in discussion or to criticize their points.
GF: THW, as the US government, grant amnesty to all undocumented immigrants living in the United States on the sole conviction that they have not been convicted of a violent criminal offense.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Cal Poly SLO USU Western Regional Championships 2015

Cal Poly SLO USU Western Regional Championships motions:
1. THBT the US Federal Government should place a cap on the amount of homework assigned primary and secondary school students
2. THW place a substantial tax on successful artists in order to fund new and upcoming artists
3. THW prosecute individuals who kill members of endangered species as if the victims were human
4. Given the inevitability of the upcoming zombie apocalypse, THW rather be a zombie than a human
5. THBT PBS should broadcast childrens shows geared towards sexual education, including techniques for pure sexual gratification
6. THW force Greece to surrender its sovereignty to the European Commission until its financial situation stablilizes
SEMI. THW implement a two state solution in Ukraine
FINAL. THW not allow police to use deadly force to preempt bodily harm to themselves

George Washington University IV 2015

Here are the motions from the George Washington University IV held this weekend:
Round 1
This house believes the media should not report acts of terrorism.
Round 2
This house opposes prenatal gene manipulation for traits that parents find desirable (e.g., cosmetic changes, improved athleticism, increased intelligence, etc.).
Note: Gene manipulation does not include genetic screening of diseases.
Round 3
This house regrets the rise of the “No Excuses” model of education reform.
Info slide included on "no excuses" model.
Round 4
This house believes we should have a moral obligation to protect and preserve non-intelligent extraterrestrial life and their ecosystems if they are discovered.
Round 5
This house believes that developing nations should prioritize their economic development over addressing the cause and effects of climate change.
This house believes that individuals considering relocating to, or already living in, urban districts have an obligation to oppose gentrification.
Definition slide for "gentrification" included.
This house believes the reelection of Netanyahu will lead to policies that safeguard the welfare of all Israeli citizens.
This house believes that public universities should have the right to immediately expel students who publicly or privately use hate speech.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Pan American Univerities Debate Championship, January 2015

Held at the University of Miami.

CAs were Ken Newby (Morehouse, USA) and Alfred Snider (Vermont, USA) in English, and Nicole Hansen Salas (Andres Bello, Chile) in Spanish.

1. THW implement mandatory voting in all elections.

2, This house believes both parents should be required to attend parenting classes before and after having a child.

3. THBT international military intervention against Boko Haram is justified, regardless of the views of the Nigerian government.

4. THBT the normalization of relations between the USA and Cuba will result in substantial improvements in civil rights in Cuba.

5. This house regrets the commercialization of “hip hop.” DEFINITION SLIDE: Hip-hop is the culture associated with rap music.

6. THW reject the installation of non-medical information technology (such as enhanced memory, enhanced perception and distance communication) within the human body.

Quarterfinals English, Semifinals Spanish. TH regrets the deployment of fear about the ebola situation.

Semifinals English. THBT the struggle against ISIS should be conducted solely by Middle East nations.

Finals Spanish and English. This house would establish a free trade area comprised of all countries in the Western Hemisphere. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Kuala Lumpur Open Challenge 2014

Thanks to everyone for coming to KLOC 2014. It was a pleasure to have you and we hope you enjoyed the topics and the tournaments. 

Round 1: This house believes that the ICC should prosecute George W. Bush and Barack Obama for war crimes.
Round 2: This house, as the Malay people, would give up Bumiputera privileges in exchange for the abolition of vernacular schools. 
[Bumiputera is a Malaysian term used to describe the Malay race and natives of Sabah and Sarawak. Bumiputera privileges include quotas for entry into public service positions, trade or business licenses, public scholarships and public education. National schools have Malay as the medium of instruction. Vernacular schools have Tamil or Chinese as the medium of instruction.]
Round 3: This house believes that the Feminist movement should oppose sex change operations.
Round 4: This house would actively discourage home ownership in the developed world.
Round 5: This house believes that courts should enforce Ulysses contracts.
[Ulysses contracts are contracts in which there is only one party to the contract. The contract restricts the party’s liberty in some way, usually by imposing a financial punishment if certain terms are not met by the party in the future.
  • A smoker could sign a Ulysses contract stipulating that if he has not quit smoking after a year, he will pay a large fine to the state.
  • A young person could sign a Ulysses contract stipulating that if at any future time her income exceeds a certain threshold, the excess will be donated to charity.]
Pre Quarter Final: This house believes that companies in the sharing economy (Uber, Airbnb etc) should be liable for offences committed by service providers against customers.
Quarter Final: This house believes that the US should cut ties with the ruling regime in Saudi Arabia.
Semi Final: This house opposes the culture of outrage.
Grand Final: This house believes that development organisations should work closely with religious institutions.