Live Debate: Compulsory National Service
The debate is finished. The distribution of the voting points and the winner are presented below.
After not so many votes...
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- Three days
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- Voting period
- Two weeks
- Point system
- Multiple criterions
- Voting system
Virtuoso approached me about doing a live debate. We settled on the topic of compulsory national service. I will be taking the Pro position. I believe this will be DART's first-ever live format debate.
In the US, national service ought to be compulsory.
National Service - (1) a nation-wide program of community work that citizens, mostly young people, enter for one or two years, and/or (2) a nation-wide program of military service that citizens, mostly young people, enter for one to three years.
Ought - implies moral desirability
1. No forfeits
2. No "kritiks" (i.e. challenging the assumptions/premises of the resolution)
3. No "flex prep" (i.e. using prep time as CX time or vice versa)
4. No trolling or deliberately non-serious/humorous/absurd cases
5. Observe good sportsmanship and maintain a civil and decorous atmosphere
6. Brief attributions should be provided during the course of the debate. Debaters must also have, upon their opponent's request, citations or working URLs for their sources. Citations must contain roughly all that a regular MLA citation might. Citations or links can be exchanged in-between speeches (with no loss of prep) via DART PMs.
7. In the event of mic problems, each debater must have their constructive case ready to share with their opponent in-between speeches (with no loss of prep) through one of the methods described in the rule above. Debaters cannot be required to share their constructive cases if the mics are working properly, though they may still opt to do so.
8. No new arguments in the final speeches; rebuttals of new points raised in an adversary's immediately preceding speech may be permissible at the judges' discretion even in the final round (debaters may debate their appropriateness)
9. Debaters accept all resolutional terms defined in this description. For all undefined resolutional terms, individuals should use commonplace understandings that fit within the logical context of the resolution and this debate
10. The BOP is evenly shared
11. Debaters may not post arguments, clarifying remarks, or rebuttals in the text of this debate or in the comments section; all arguments must be presented during the live-format debate
12. Violation of any of these rules, or of any of the R1 set-up, merits a loss
13. Voters must vote on the content of the live debate's recording
--Live Debate Structure--
6min - Pro Constructive
3min - Con CX's Pro
7min - Con Constructive AND Rebuttal
3min - Pro CX's Con
4min - Pro Rebuttal and Defense
6min - Con Rebuttal and Defense
3min - Pro Rebuttal and Defense
Each debater has 4 minutes of prep time which they may use at their discretion, so long as it does not interrupt an ongoing speech or CX.
--Text Debate Structure--
R1. Pro posts the recording of the live debate; Con waives.