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What are some good politically based debate topics?

Asked by KateTheGreat (13635points) March 31st, 2011

My friend and I are both on the debate team at our universities. We are also majoring in political science and international affairs. We need more topics to debate about! Ideas?

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Rarebear's avatar

Resolved: The Department of Education should be abolished in lieu of increased local control over school curricula.

Rarebear's avatar

Resolved: The War Powers Act should be repealed and every U.S. military action should receive approval from Congress.

Rarebear's avatar

Resolved: The Territory of Puerto Rico should be allowed statehood.

Rarebear's avatar

Resolved: The United States has too much/not enough influence in international affairs.

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Resolved: Parents should be allowed choice in what public schools their children should go to.

Rarebear's avatar

Resolved: The Guantonamo (sp?) Bay prison is a violation of the Geneva Convention.

Okay, that’s enough by me. Going to bed now—sorry for the multiple posts.

crisw's avatar

For some more good ideas, check out Intelligence Squared.

SeaTurtle's avatar

Go on, take on the truth of the Arab–Israeli conflict.
Or world media and propaganda, I’m sure you smart kids can issue a question as to why so many different mediums (CNN,BBC,RT,Al Jazeera) can express different views and which if any tells the truth.
OMG even better, a debate on truth?

Bellatrix's avatar

Hi @KatetheGreat. Along with the Intelligence Squared idea suggested by @crisw there is a program here called Big Ideas. Here is the website, you can browse all the topics.

mattbrowne's avatar

Risk assessment of nuclear power.

crisw's avatar


That Big Ideas program looks great- added to my podcast feed!

Kardamom's avatar

Why there is plenty of money to continue 3 wars, but there is not enough money to provide adquate health care to all American citizens.

Bellatrix's avatar

It is @crisw. Glad you like it. I love the Intelligence Squared debates too.

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