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    I’m interested in either having a live or text debate on one of these topics. For live debate, I can either do evidence-based (e.g., the LD or Policy formats, though without spreading/pre-fiat kritiks) or non-evidence-based limited prep formats (e.g., “APDA motions,” Australs, NPDA, World Schools, maybe even British Parliamentary), though I prefer the latter. For text debates, I prefer either three speeches per debater (10,000 characters per speech) or four speeches per debater but with the fourth speeches being character-limited to 5,000 characters. Preferred position is in parentheses (note: my preferred positions do not necessarily reflect my real life beliefs—I am undecided on most of these issues). I don’t guarantee that I will accept any offers; just looking out for interest. 

    All Formats

    On balance, economic globalization benefits worldwide poverty reduction (Pro)
    Capitalism is preferable to socialism (Pro)
    Rent control does more harm than good (Pro)
    Gentrification does more harm than good (Con)
    The US should implement Elizabeth Warren’s plan to break up large technology companies (Con)
    Developed countries should impose a tax on automation (Con)
    Assuming the 2016 Brexit referendum did not happen, the UK should leave the European Union (Con) *
    Western developed countries should require that pharmaceutical companies dedicate a portion of their budget to research on tropical diseases (Pro)
    It would be preferable to the status quo if the US legalized the sale of human organs (Pro) **
    Western countries should end their arms sales to Saudi Arabia unless it scales down its military operations in Yemen (Pro)
    The dominant narrative in children’s entertainment that good always triumphs over evil is regrettable (Pro)
    Developed countries have a moral obligation to mitigate the effects of climate change (Pro)

    * (I want to debate the merits and demerits of Brexit without getting into arguments about democratic will and the backlash from disrespecting a referendum, basically) 
    ** (limiting to US because easier to find research from there and “status quo” differs across countries) 

    Non-Evidence Formats (Parli) Only

    Sports regulatory authorities should permit the use of performance-enhancing drugs by sportspeople (Pro)
    The US should grant amnesty to all undocumented immigrants currently in the US who have not committed crimes (Pro)
    Countries should abandon the strategy of decapitation in counterterrorism (either)
    The glorification of soldiers does more harm than good (either)
    Charities and humanitarian aid organizations should not use images of graphic suffering in their ad campaigns (Pro)
    Current sanctuary cities in the US should stop being sanctuary cities (Con)
    Online entertainment platforms (such as Netflix and Spotify) should remove works of art created by people who have committed violent crimes (Con)
    The US should ban the private ownership of firearms (either)
    On balance, the rise of China in international geopolitics is undesirable (Pro)
    Parliamentary democracies should implement quotas for women in national legislatures (Pro)
    Slum tourism in developing countries does more harm than good (Pro)
    Schools should stream students into classrooms based on their academic performance (Con)
    Within broad budgetary constraints, environmental policy should be decided by unelected scientific experts selected by their peers (Pro)
    Effective altruism does more good than harm (Pro)
    A world with memory rewriting technology would be preferable to the current world (Con)
    The US should reinstate Glass-Steagall legislation that separates commercial and investment banking (either)



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    More Parli-Only Topics

    The World Health Organization should adopt a convention which bans the sell of drugs with high resistance tendencies (e.g., antibiotics) to countries which do not comply with WHO guidelines regarding their medical and agricultural use (either)
    Governments should ban non-disclosure agreements in cases of workplace sexual harassment (Pro)
    The US should further limit qualified immunity for police officers (Pro)
    Governments should be able to legally access any encrypted device (Con)
    The National Security Agency should notify software manufacturers of all zero-day vulnerabilities it finds in order for them to patch these defects (Pro)
    Government assistance to historically marginalized cultural groups should be contingent on policies to combat traditional gender inequality (Pro)
    Countries should transition to cashless economies (Pro)
    Governments should impose a 100-percent estate tax (Con)
    Twitter does more harm than good (Con)
    Microfinance loans do more harm than good (Con)
    Governments should require that meat packaging include images that vividly reflect the experiences of the animals throughout the manufacturing process (either)
    Factory farming should be illegal (Pro)
    Inndigenous groups in parliamentary democracies with historically marginalized indigenous populations (e.g., the Maori in New Zealand) should form independent political parties instead of encouraging their members to vote for, and run on behalf of, existing parties (Con)
    Casino gambling should be illegal (either)
    Governments should implement “filial responsibility laws” (either)
    The partition of India has done more harm than good (either)
    It would be preferable to the status quo if the Big Three credit ratings agencies were nationalized (Pro)
    Commercial surrogacy should be legal (Pro)
    Developed countries should require that their international development aid budgets are approved by popular referenda (Con)
    Governments should legally recognize exclusively marriages between partners of the opposite sex/gender (Con)

    To clarify: These “parli-only” topics are ones I’m only willing to do in live debates in a parli format (such as APDA, NPDA, or Australs).
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    --> @Tejretics
    Have you gotten more centrist since I last saw you? Just curious.
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    --> @Mharman
    Depends on when that was, I guess...

  • Tejretics
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    --> @Mharman
    My current DDO “Big Issues” answers represent my views pretty well: https://www.debate.org/tejretics/