The Current Resolution — NFL
March/April Topic: Intervention
Resolved: The continuation of current U.S. anti-drug policies in Latin America will do more harm than good.
January/February Topic: Criminal Justice.
Resolved: Rehabilitation ought to be valued above retribution in the United States criminal justice system.
The Current Resolution — UIL
Spring: Rawls vs. Nozick. (Coming soon!)
Resolved: In matters of justice, John Rawls’ Difference Principle ought to be preferred over Robert Nozick’s Entitlement Theory.
Fall: Citizens United.
Resolved: The Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 50 (2010) ruling undermines democracy in the United States.
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Resources from prior months
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.