The Current Resolution — NSDA

 

The September/October LD topic will be released August 15, 2014.

 

Novice Topic: Resolved: Civil disobedience in a democracy is morally justified.

 

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Key Concepts in Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Understanding the Value-Criterion

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Common LD Values

Debate Central has summarized common LD value premises to help you understand basic LD debate.

Guide to Popular Philosophers

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Glossary of Important Terminology in LD Debate

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Outline of an LD Debate

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Resources from prior months

Nationals 2014 Topic: National Security vs. Digital Privacy

Resolved: The United States ought to prioritize the pursuit of national security objectives above the digital privacy of its citizens.

Affirmative Topic Analysis

Negative Topic Analysis

March/April 2014 Topic: Humanitarian Aid

Resolved: Placing political conditions on humanitarian aid to foreign countries is unjust.

 Affirmative

Negative

November/December 2013: Attorney-Client Privilege

Resolved: In the United States criminal justice system, truth-seeking ought to take precedence over attorney-client privilege.

Affirmative

Negative

March/April 2013: Latin America

Resolved: The continuation of current U.S. anti-drug policies in Latin America will do more harm than good.

Affirmative

Negative

January/February 2012: Criminal Justice.

Resolved: Rehabilitation ought to be valued above retribution in the United States criminal justice system.

Affirmative

Negative

Fall 2012 UIL: Citizens United.

Resolved: The Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 50 (2010) ruling undermines democracy in the United States.

November/December 2012: Universal Health Care.

Resolved: The United States ought to guarantee universal health care for its citizens.

September/October 2012: Due Process.

Resolved: The United States ought to extend to non-citizens accused of terrorism the same constitutional due process protections it grants to citizens.

Spring 2012 UIL: Right to water.

Resolved: Access to drinking water ought to be valued as a human right instead of as a commodity.

March/April 2012: Targeted Killings

Resolved:  Targeted killing is a morally permissible foreign policy tool.

January/February 2012 NFL: Domestic violence.

Resolved: It is morally permissible for victims to use deadly force as a deliberate response to repeated domestic violence.

November/December 2011 NFL: Moral Obligation.

Resolved: Individuals have a moral obligation to assist people in need.

September/October 2011 NFL: Animal rights.

Resolved: Justice requires the recognition of animal rights.

Fall 2011 UIL: Capital Punishment.

Resolved: Capital punishment in Texas is unjust.

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