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September/October 2015: Resolved: In the United States criminal justice system, jury nullification ought to be used in the face of perceived injustice.


November December Lincoln Douglas Topic Guide


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Key Concepts in Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Understanding the Value-Criterion

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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

September/October 2015: Autonomous Adolescent Medical Choices
Resolved: Adolescents ought to  have the right to make autonomous medical choices.
Topic Guide for Aff & Neg

Resolved: Inaction in the face of injustice makes individuals morally culpable.
Topic Guide for Aff & Neg

March/April 2015: Food Security
Resolved: Just governments ought to ensure food security for their citizens.
Topic Guide for Aff & Neg

January/February 2015: Living Wage
Resolved: A Just Government Ought to Require Employers to Pay a Living Wage.
Topic Guide for Aff & Neg

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.

November/December 2013: Attorney-Client Privilege
Resolved: In the United States criminal justice system, truth-seeking ought to take precedence over attorney-client privilege.

March/April 2013: Latin America
Resolved: The continuation of current U.S. anti-drug policies in Latin America will do more harm than good.

January/February 2012: Criminal Justice.
Resolved: Rehabilitation ought to be valued above retribution in the United States criminal justice system.

Fall 2012 UIL:
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: 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 Obligations
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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