Random Motions-BP style-
THBT women’s rights advocates should associate themselves with specific policy positions rather than identifying with the broader feminist label
THW grant all sentient animals the rights to life, liberty and bodily integrity that humans enjoy
THW wholly nationalize the arms industry
THBT historically oppressed communities should heavily prioritize teaching values of individualism to their children
THBT Taiwan should not glorify Chiang Kai-ShekChiang Kai-Shek is the founder of Taiwan and was the leader that ruled China before fleeing to the Island of Taiwan as a result of losing the Chinese civil war. He founded Taiwan as an autocracy and ruled it until his death
TH, as Imran Khan, Would attempt to significantly decrease the influence of the military over Pakistan’s politicsImran Khan: the newly elected Prime Minister of Pakistan
In universities where affirmative action for women exists, this house would institute affirmative action for men in departments where they are underrepresented
BP Novice West,2019,SF
THBT people who currently promote vegetarianism on animal welfare grounds should instead advocate for consumption of products where the production process treats animals well. e.g.) products with "Certified Animal Welfare Claims" like "cage free"products
THBT Japan should actively participate in the One Belt One Road initiative
THBT resources rich developing nations (e.g. Nigeria, Botswana) should distribute, as a dividend to citizens, income derived from natural resource extraction
BP Novice East,2018,2
This house regrets the China-Vatican deal on the appointment of Chinese bishopsBefore this agreement below. Chinese Catholics were split between a faction that registered with the State-controlled Catholic Patriotic Association (CPA), and an underground Catholic community that swore loyalty only to the Pope. The CPA had appointed Chinese bishops in the past, who were excommunicated by the Vatican church. The new deal makes the Vatican recognize China's system of nominating its own bishops, but gives the Pope veto powers over new nominations.
BP Novice West,2017,3
THW abolish tax execmptions for religious organizations which neglect LGBT rights
TH, as Iran, Would resume its nuclear weapons program
THW allow political parties to make binding electoral promises that, once broken, will immediately trigger reelection
China BP,2018,HS SF
TH prefers a world with a dominant norm of not expressing strong emotions
China BP,2018,HS GF
THW abolish constitutional monarchies
TH opposes the dominant social norm in favor of monogamy
THBT President Vladimir Putin is good for Russia
THBT Asian education systems should actively promote the view that Asian culture is superior to Western Culture
THBT China should set maximum rents for residential properties in large urban centers
THW grant amnesty to dictators who leave office voluntarily
TH regrets the heavy prioritization of STEM subjects in Asian elementary schools
THW grant medical staff the right to object to providing specific treatments on religious and ethical grounds
TH regrets the liberal media’s demonization of white supremacists
THBT Feminism movement should not celebrate Mohammed bin Salman
TH regrets the rise of surveillance capitalism as a business modelSurveillance capitalism is the mone tization of data captured through monitoring people's movements and behavior online and in the physical world. Consumer surveillance is most commonly used for targeted marketing and advertising Marketers combine demographic information with data about people's online activities: their search activity, websites visited, posts and conversations in social media, and so on, to focus marketing efforts where there are most likely to meet with success. In a more direct monetization, many companies also sell customer data gathered through various surveillance channels to partners and other third parties
Autumn Tournament,2019,Rookie GF
THW ban extremist political parties.
This House believes that ASEAN should abandon "the ASEAN Way"The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. At its formation, ASEAN adopted principles that have come to be known as “the ASEAN Way.” These principles place strong emphasis on national sovereignty, and a commitment to non-intervention in the affairs of member states. All ASEAN decisions are made unanimously
THR the recent liberal trend to criticize western societies adopting non-western culture ie music, fashion or food
BP Novice West,2019,3
THBT multinational corporations operating in developing nations should be compelled to follow the strict environmental standards of western liberal democracies
TH, as the feminist movement, opposes the "not like other girls" trope"Not like other girls" trope is a common TV/Movie/Book/Meme plot or characterization where the main female protagonist is described as being "different" and "unusual" (e.g. being smart, emotionally resilient, down to earth, independent, less caring, lacks interest in certain things) compared to other 'typical girls.'
TH supports governments significantly increasing their use of big data-based predictive models in decision-making to replace human judgements (e.g. criminal justice policy, allocation of healthcare resources, housing development)Recently there has been an increased use of big data and sophisticated algorithms in making various policy judgements. As technology in machine learning and artificial intelligence advances, it is becoming more feasible to apply such methods to more government decision making process.
THS job security legislationFor the purpose of this debate, “job security legislation” refers to laws intended to make businesses fire employees less often. Its goal is to disincentives the termination of existing employees, whether the business employs an alternative individual to replace them or not. Examples of this legislation include, but are not limited to, increased severance pay and detailed cause requirements for terminating employment. Protections against discriminatory termination or similar laws do not fall under this term.
Cambridge IV,2017,ESL SF
THBT criminal justice systems should never incorporate retribution as an aim in determining criminal punishments
Cambridge IV,2017,EFL GF
THR the use of the term “moderate Muslim” by Muslims to identify themselves
In cases where a supreme court would currently rule on the compliance of a given law with a constitutional provision, THW hold a public referendum on whether to abandon that constitutional provision
THBT countries close to conflict zones should only grant long-term asylum to refugees who agree to one year of military service
TH, as the pope, would abolish the requirement for clerical celibacy
THBT it is always immoral to fight for one’s country
TH Opposes the Defining Decade normThe ‘Defining Decade’ is a cultural norm which urges young adults to persistently persue life goals, even at the expense of significantly neglecting immideate desires. As part of this approach it is common to seek to maximise educational value from most activities, seek more responsibility at work, seek instrumental value from social relationships, and stigmatise idle time.
In circumstances where a unanimous decision is currently required, THP majority voting as the European Council’s decision-making approachIn matters of high sensitivity and complexity, the European Council requires unanimous decision-making. These matters include, but are not limited to foreign policy decisions, granting new rights to EU citizens and suspending the rights of current member states.
THW make police commanders personally criminally liable for instances of police brutality committed by their subordinates
In situations where deliberate economic policies by another state have caused substantial economic harms, THBT international law should reeognise that-mlitary-retaliation can be-justified e.g. restricting access to important trade routes or straits, aggressively increasing the price of vital commodities, limiting access to strategic resources
THBT the US Democratic Party should prioritise emplyment issues, even at the expense of significant harms to the environment
THW legalize advanced directives requesting non-voluntary euthanasia for oneself“An advanced directive is a legal document signed by an individual that determines the treatment or care they wish to receive or not receive if they become unable to undertake medical decisions ? due to conditions SUCH AS: ? very severe dementia; ? vegetative state etc. Advanced directives are irreversible ? they remain binding. NON-voluntary euthanasia is NOT INvoluntary euthanasia. It merely means that no EXPLICIT CONSENT is granted at the time.”
THBT Artists should not participate in the ongoing interpretation of their art
TH supports first generation immigrants to Western Europe encouraging their children to fully assimilate and identify with the local culture
THBT the EU should decriminalize human smuggling*Human smuggling is the aiding of a willing person to illegally cross a border. It is distinct from human trafficking, in which the person does not consent
THR the decline of labour union power in the West
TH supports the promotion of collective guilt after large scale crimes against humanity
THW prefer a religion which preaches that one’s fate in the material world is predetermined rather than one which preaches that choices influence it
THBT the IMF should require direct control over a country’s monetary policy as a condition of national bailouts
THBT liberal democracies should constitutionally enshrine the right of regions to unilaterally secede
BP Novice East,2018,1
THW not give medical treatment to patients of attempted suicide
THR the shift in the #MeToo movement from victims sharing their experiences to holding public figures to account
This house believes that the US should ban extremist groups (e.g. the KKK and neo-Nazi groups)
This house believes that the WTO should allow developing countries to impose policies aimed at protecting domestic industries, even at the expense of harming international trade
THW rather save the list of a single child, over extending the life of 5 adults by 10 yearsWith a spare $1,000, one can provide (on average) a single child, who would otherwise have died in infancy, with a full and healthy life ? for example, by donating to the distribution of insecticide-treated anti-malaria bed nets. Alternatively, one can (on average) increase the life expectancy of about 5 adults by 10 years ? for example, by donating to the therapy for deadly acquired diseases in the developing world
BP Novice West,2019,GF
TH regrets the use of derogatory terms currently used for cigarette smokers. e.g.) Yanikasu
This House Believes That feminists should adopt the view that feminist identity is based upon self-identification (e.g., "anyone can be a feminist"), as opposed to based on satisfying group-determined criteria (e.g. "feminists must fulfill x, y z criteria")
This House Prefers protests with clearly identifiable leaders and defined goals to leaderless movements with disparate goals
This House Would expel states which fail to spend a minimum of 2% of GDP on defence from NATO
BP Novice East,2018,3
THBT democracies should actively combat the rise of right wing populism (e.g. suppressing their speech acts, dismantling their political parties)
BP Novice West,2017,2
TH, as Japan, regrets quality supremacyQuality supremacy: concept that the quality of products is the most significant one for business. And companies often seek for quality beyond the necessity
BP Novice Kanto,2017,1
THW ban sacreligious expressions
BP Novice Kanto,2017,2
THBT the media should anonymize the identity of convicted criminals (incl, but not limited to their age, face, and race/nationality)
BP Novice Kanto,2017,Pre QF
THBT countries with booming populations should allocate every adult a single tradable permit to have a child
BP Novice Kanto,2017,SF
THW legalize unconditional euthanasia
TH regrets narratives that glorify the elderly (e.g. “The old know better”; “The old deserve more” etc.)
During economic crises, THBT states should prioritise fiscal stability (i.e. balancing budget) over increasing public spending
Assuming feasibility, in countries with conscription, THW forcibly delete all soldiers’ memories of combat situations upon their discharge
BP Novice Kanto,2017,GF
TH prefers technocracy to democracy as a system for governance
TH opposes the attempts by the feminist movement to redefine roles and behaviours traditionally associated with women (e.g. wanting to be a housewife, wearing make-up and heels) as empowering
THS countries withdrawing from the International Criminal Court in order to create their own regional replacements (e.g. an African Criminal Court, an InterAmerican Criminal Court)
THS the rise of computational creativityComputational Creativity' is a scientific field researching AI models that simulate or replicate human creativity. Projects in the field include but are not limited to using AI to script films, compose music, write poetry, and paint
TH opposes the norm that romantic love should be the primary source of fulfilment in a person's life
Cambridge IV,2018,ESL SF
Where resources are significantly limited, THBT states should actively promote religion in areas of high poverty
Cambridge IV,2018,Rookie GF
THBT it is immoral for individuals who have met their basic needs to not donate any excess wealth to utility maximising causes
This house, as a consumer living in the first world, would boycott ‘fast fashion’‘Fast fashion’ retailers are clothing retailers who deliver current, up-to-trend clothing styles to mass consumers at a low price. Typically, they achieve this by deriving designs from new fashion shows, outsroucing production, and aggressive marketing. Example of ‘fast fashion’ retailers are Zara, H&M, and Topshop.
THBT the US and the EU, should stop all military, political and financial support to both Israel and the Palestinians until they reach a peace agreement
THR the emotion of regret (i.e TH prefers a world in which people cannot feel the emotion of regret)
THW allow American soldiers to sue their government for waging "unjust war"
THBT skilled migrants should be made to pay tax to their countries of origin
THS Beyonce’s celebration of black liberation groups that endorse and use violence as a strategy
Oxford IV,2018,ESL SF
THBT the US should cut all political, economic and military ties with Saudi Arabia
Oxford IV,2018,ESL GF
THBT social movements should reject the glorification of political violence
Oxford IV,2018,Rookie GF
THBT post-conflict states should actively promote a unifying national narrative in the history curriculum
THW allow city and local governments to be held civilly responsible for deaths that can be ascribed to homelessness
THP a world where humans can completely tame their own emotions
THR the use of human rights discourse that is predominantly in favor of civil and political rights by Western liberal democracies, against other countries/ ethnicities/ religions with different ideologies and priorities
This House would abolish primary and secondary school grades/years that group children based on age, and instead group them by competency and intelligence
TH prefers religions in which all individuals have roughly equal religious obligations and are encouraged to develop a personal connection with the divine, over religions in which religious obligation and access to the divine are concentrated in religious authority figures
TH prefers a "Brave New World" to the status quo in Western Liberal DemocraciesA “Brave New World” has these characteristics: 1. People are genetically engineered and socially conditioned by the state for specific societal roles. 2. People's material and physical needs are unfailingly met. 3. There is no possibility of changing the social order.
THW abolish the private ownership of (housing) property in major metropolitan areas
This House Believes that feminist movements in the developing world should integrate religious messages and institutions into their advocacy, rather than distancing themselves from them
This House Believes That the West should massively discourage and disincentivise economic collaboration and exchange with China
THBT it is a legitimate lifestyle for individuals to be a 宅男(Zhai Nan)A 宅男(Zhai Nan) is an individual heavily involved in internet culture and online social spaces. As a result, he/she is almost entirely disconnected from real life.
THBT the Mexican government should adopt measures that enable the Sinaloa Cartel to monopolise the drug market
THBT it is in the interest of the Democratic Party of the US to move away from centrist policies and support massive wealth redistribution
THBT the international community should create an independent sovereign Rohingya state in northern Rakhine
THBT the Chinese Communist Party should grant its citizens significantly greater religious freedom
BP Novice West,2017,GF
TH opooses careerism
THBT the billionaire donors who fund morally questionable politicians are more reprehensible than the politicians themselves
THBT Japanese feminists should actively uncover stories of Japanese comfort women
THBT social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter) should sensor contents produced by extremist political parties
THBT states should periodically review and either re-authorize or revise their constitutions
THBT children from minority groups should be taught the reality of oppression and how to maneuver around it
THR the dominance of networking culture in the workplaceNetworking is the action or process of interacting with others to exchange information and develop professional or social contacts. Examples of networking events are buffet-style dinner party and workshops with group discussions
THR the recent corporate campaigning for LGBT rights.(e.g.appearance in pride parades, usage of rainbows in logos and branding.)
THBT taxation policy should be decided by unelected economists selected by their peers.
This house supports NATO’s Enhanced Forward PresenceNATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence refers to the forward deployment of NATO troops in Eastern Europe to protect and reassure NATO’s Eastern member states of their security. Following Russia’s annexation of Crimea and invasion of Ukraine, NATO agreed to forward deploy four multinational battalion battle groups to NATO members most at risk of a possible Russian attack ? specifically Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty enshrines the principle of collective defence, where an armed attack against one member state must be deemed to be an armed attack against all member states.
THBT electronic sports should be included in the Olympics.
TH, as the feminist movement, would support robot brothels.
THBT religious organization should not pursue profit and accumulate wealth out of its spiritual servises and products
THBT all states should mandate that research on and use of CRISPR technology be exclusively carried out by institutions funded entirely by the stateCRISPR is currently the only existing technology that allows cheap, fast and targeted gene edition in living organisms. It potentially allows for heritable* changes, though so far very little research on such heritable changes in humans has occurred. * heritable changes are changes that can be passed on from parents to their children.
THBT Catholic religious officials in Mexico should not make statements in support of governmental policies, political parties, or candidates.
TH, as the Chinese Communist Party, would lift all restrictions on foreign investments in China, except restrictions critical to national securityThere are currently a number of restrictions on foreign entities investing in China. Such restrictions include, but are not limited to: government approval for large foreign investments in China; limitations on the proportion of certain sectors that can be owned by foreign entities; and foreign companies that enter China are required to do so in a 50% joint venture with a local firm.
THR the glamorization of start-up culture that encourages people to start own companies rather than puruse traditional career paths
This house believes that states should significantly fund female-only tech companies
THS universities treating students as customers (e.g. by allocating significant resources to improving students lifestyles, and granting students influence over university decisions and the content and delivery of course curricula)
THS the doctrine of odious debtOdious debt is the legal doctrine that holds that the national debt incurred by a regime for purposes that do not serve the interests of the nation, should not be enforceable.
THBT consumers should predominantly aim to buy locally produced goods and services
THBT western liberal democracies should dismantle political parties that promotes racist ideologies
THW require social media companies to block contents/sources that are deemed to be fake news by the state
THW allow small business owners to refuse to provide services to LGBTQ customers on the basis of religion
Japan BP,2017,Rookie GF
THW legalize child labour in developing countries
THW prohibit media from broadcasting private life of politicians
BP Novice East,2019,3
THBT oppressed minorities should emphasize individualism over collectivism to their childrenINDIVIDUALISM and COLLECTIVISM describe the attitude of individuals to their communities. In individualism, people prefer to act as individuals rather than members of groups. Collectivism focuses on cohesiveness and group goals, sometimes at the expense of individual interest
THW ban sales and use of study drugs (e.g, Adderall, Modafinil) except for madical purposesStudy drugs refer to drugs used to increase one’s concentration, thinking ability and stamina, for the pourpose of studying. Popular examples of study drugs include Adderall, Modafinil which are now commonly used by rich students in western countries. However, original pourposes of these drugs were to treat medical issues(e.g, treatment for ADHD)
THBT states with aging populations should accept more immigrants instead of providing incentives for their citizens to have more children
THW allow privatization of prisonPrvate prisons refer to prisons operated by a private company under contract with the state or federal government. This system is common in states which have large number of prisoners. Private prison is often controvercial in terms of way of operation, such as cost cut and how prisoners are treated etc…
THBT states have moral justifications to implement death penalty
THBT states should pay a wage to housewives and househusbands
THBT ‘armies of opinion shapers’ should never be a legitimate political tool for states‘Armies of opinion shapers’ are used by some governments to spread government views, drive particular agendas, and counter government critics on social media. These individuals are paid to distort the digital information landscape in the government’s favor, without acknowledging sponsorship.
THBT the South African government should incentivize the movement of people out of townships, rather than focus on policies that try to economically develop townships
This house regrets the social preferences for positivity and optimism.
Japan BP,2019,Rookie SF
THBT Western liberal democracies should cease their efforts to universalize liberal values
Japan BP,2019,Rookie GF
THW use the technologyThere is a technology that would allow for you to completely erase the existing human race, and any traces of the human species having ever existed
THBT religious leaders should not endorse candidates for polotical office
THW prefer a world in which outcomes of life (such as education, employment, etc) is determined by machine intelligence rather than human free will
Autumn Tournament,2017,Pre SF
THW only allow medical research and treatment for the specific purpose of pain allevation and never for life prolongment or death prevention
THW moonlight as an escortYou are young and successful female feminist leading a decent middle class life. You are eager to experience life to the fullest extent
THW use the weaponYou are a commander and losing at war. In your possession is a weapon that ends the war in a victory. The cost of using this is the life of every soldier in the battlefied, including your own. You have no time to command them to evacuate.
THBT environmental advocacy groups should prioritise lobbying governments to change environmental policy (e.g. cap and trade policies, banning environmentally harmful chemicals) rather than convincing individuals to take responsibility for their contribution to environmental damage (e.g. reducing/recycling waste, taking public transport)
TH supports the active use of "OK Boomer" by the younger generation"OK Boomer" is a catchphrase that gained popularity among the younger generation to dismiss or mock attitudes stereotypically attributed to the older generation (in particular baby boomers). These include such as but not limited to perceived resistance to technological change, rise in living standards, college debts, climate change denial, marginalization of minorities or opposition to younger generations' ideals.
TH Supports the creation of a Northeast Asian Union (i.e. a regional intergovernmental organization that promotes the integration at social, economic, and political levels)
THBT states should punish media corporations for directly or indirectly spreading misinformation (i.e. hosting factually incorrect information by users/advertisers)
TH, as the minority resistance group, would accept the offerYou are a resistance group in an autocratic state. The state has promised amnesty to all those in the group as long as it gives up the struggle. Your group is greatly outnumbered
TH, as South Africa, would forcibly break up exclusive Afrikaaner enclavesAfrikaaners are a white South African ethnic group descended from predominantly Dutch settlers.
THBT the deaf rights movement should disproportionately emphasize the positive experiences associated with being deaf
THW criminalize adultery
THS female vigilante groups in areas with chronically high rate of crimes against women(e.g. Gulabi Gang in India).
THBT state should allocate scientific research fund according to public interest
THW prohibit the use of predictive algorithms in criminal trialsPredictive analytics is the precess of using data analytics to make predictions based on big data (e.g. age, race, religion, gender). Judges can employ algorithms to predict the likelihood an offender will commit further crimes, their flight risk, and a handful of other factors. These outputs are then used to determine sentencing, bail, or whether to grant (or deny) parole
THBT we should prioritize policies that seek to help people currently alive, over those that seek tomprotect the future
THW impose heavy penalties on planned obsolescencePlanned obsolescence is the corporate strategy of planning or designing a product with an artificially limited useful life, so it will become obsolete (that is, unfashionable or no longer functional) after a certain period of time.
BP Novice West,2018,4
As a teacher from an underprivileged racial/ethnic minority, THW intentionally inflate the grades of students from similarly disadvantaged groups
BP Novice West,2018,QF
In newly democratized post-conflict society, THW subject people who commit severe corruption to the death penalty
BP Novice West,2018,SF
THW allow individual to pay the state to buy exemption from compulsory military services
BP Novice West,2017,1
THW legalize duels to the death under government supervision
In areas of chronically low academic attainment, THBT the general approach of educational charities should be to focus resources on maximising the potential of exceptional students, over helping the lowest achieving
From behind a veil of ignorance, TH would choose to not be born
THW ban private healthcare curation websites
THBT the United Kingdom should not have handed control of Hong Kong back to China
THW abolish all grading in primary, secondary, and tertiary education
THBT the United States should disengage from Syria
THBT developing countries should privatise their State-Owned Enterprises (such as airlines, railway utility companies)
In the lead up to the 1994 negotiated settlement in South Africa, THBT the ANC should have demanded further concessions (e.g. removing the amnesty provision in the TRC, greater land and economic rights) even at the expense of prolonging the conflict
THW temporarily and significantly relax minimum labour standards in times of unusually high unemployment, including workplace health and safety standards, minumum wage, working hour restrictions etc
THBT the US should provide campaign funding for federal and state confressmen and senators who score highly on bipartisan metrics* *Info: Scores derived from instances of voting with the other party, co-sponsoring bills, etc, calculated by independent bodies
TH, in hindsight, supports the 2016 election of Donald Trump
THBT State Health Services should allow private companies to run hospitals for profit
THBT the State should fund the creation of, and access to, realistic androids that simulate romantic relationships
TH regrets the glorification of the immediate postcolonial leaders in Sub-Saharan Africa
TH, as Colombia, would cease cooperation with the USA in the War Against Drugs
TH supports the politics of class warfare
In times of financial recession, THBT democratic states should hold general elections
THBT it is in the interest of Kashmiri people for Pakistan and China to increase their support for Kashmiri separatist movements / groups
THBT the state should promote stoicismStoicism is a school of thought which teaches that (1) people should not allow themselves to be controlled by the desire for pleasure or the fear of pain; and (2) people should not have strong emotional reactions to events around them, whether good or bad.
BP Novice West,2018,3
TH regrets the idealization of motherhood
This house believes that LGBT groups should actively seek to include Side B ChristiansSide B Christians are Christians who identify as experiencing same sex attraction but nevertheless believe that homosexual sex is sinful and therefore attempt to remain celibate.
THS the creation and use of Lethal Autonomous RobotsLethal Autonomous Robots are fully autonomous military weapons that can select and engage targets without human intervention
THBT the US should reverse the 'Pivot to Asia' strategy
This house believes that having children is immoral
Assuming the drugs which completely remove criminal mind from convicted criminals and change themselves into ones obedient to law & calm exist, THW inject the drugs into all convicts & release them instead of imprisonment and death penalty
THW grant individuals and organisations open standing to challenge the constitutionality of laws enacted by their governmentIn most legal systems, in order to initiate legal proceedings, potential plaintiffs must demonstrate that they are directly involved in the issues of a case in a way that is distinct from general members of the public. This means that an ordinary citizen cannot challenge a law as unconstitutional if they cannot prove that it has, or is imminently likely to, directly affect them. A doctrine of open standing would allow anyone to initiate legal proceedings in court. Plaintiffs would still need to demonstrate a valid legal argument. For example, under the status quo, new healthcare legislation which may increase many people's premiums could not be challenged by a general member of the public. Under a doctrine of open standing it could be.
THW venerate Toshimichi Okubo instead of Takamori Saigo as a heroTakamori Saigo and Toshimichi Okubo were central figures in the overthrow of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Takamori Saigo was a military leader who disagreed vehemently with westernization, and resigned from the Meiji government for its refusal to invade Korea. Saigo was a traditionalist who wished to preserve samurai values. He instigated and died in a rebellion against the Meiji government over its mistreatment of the samurai caste. Toshimichi Okubo was a bureaucrat responsible for the establishment of a modern governmental structure in Japan. He went on tour to the West and came back convinced that Japan needed to adopt the Western method of development. As Home Minister, Okubo fought and defeated his former friend Saigo. The samurai deemed Okubo as a traitor and assassinated him as a result. Saigo is still worshipped in Japan today, venerated as the “last true samurai” and a defender of Japanese national identity. Okubo is not.
THW ban presidential pardons.
In liberal democracies, THW implement a Social Credit SystemA Social Credit System is a national government-facilitated rating system that rewards citizens for good behaviour and sanctions them for bad behaviour. 1. It evaluates a defined set of actions that includes but goes beyond illegal or legally-obligatory acts (e.g., charitable donations, recycling, volunteer work; or jaywalking, and littering). 2. Scores can be given by members of the public, corporations, NGOs, and the government. 3. Based on these scores, the government applies rewards and sanctions (e.g., fast-track through airport security, government-subsidised mortgages, free public transportation; or higher tax, slower document-processing times, and increased barriers to public sector jobs)
THBT the feminist movement should support the narrative that "beauty does not matter" over the narrative that "all bodies are beautiful"
THBT the United States government should cede the authority to prosecute criminal trials involving African Americans (as either victims or alleged perpetrators) to African American interest groups, and allocate funding for this
This House Would ban political advertising on social media
This House, as North Macedonia, would seek closer ties with the Eurasian Economic Union
This House Believes that the widespread adoption of Libra brings more harm than good
THBT it is immoral to give birth to a new life
THBT Supreme Courts should refrain from making decisions on controversial social issues (e.g. gay rights, abortion)
THW allow local governments to issue immigration permits that grant access to Defined Permit Services* in the local area onlyDefined Permit Services include access to the purchasing or renting of property, employment, and government services such as education, healthcare and welfare.
TH supports athletes making political expressions at international sporting events
THBT post conflict states should suppress discourse surrounding the period of conflict in order to promote peace
Assuming feasibility, THW allow selling and buying one’s lifetime years
THW prohibit parents from indoctirinating religious belief to children
THW ban media from publishing the ethnicity of crime suspects and convicted criminals in their reporting
THBT developed countries should pay developing countries to protect ecologically important land and/or waters from economic exploitation(e.g. deforestation, mining, fishing)
THW require religious leaders to revise doctrines that undermine gender equality
TH opposes National Coming Out Day
TH opposes the trend of tech companies offering egg freezing as employee benefits
This house, as Israel, supports the Jewish People’s Intelligence Services DoctrineThe Jewish People’s Intelligence Services should have a significant responsiblity not only to Israeli citizens’ security, ut also to the security of Jewish communities abroad. If this doctrine were adopted, Israel would use significant resources and launch potentially violent operations in order to keep Jewish people safe internationally.
THW require individuals to pass a political general knowledge test in order to gain the right to vote
THBT developing countries should adopt English as the principal language of instruction in schools
THBT former colonial powers should drastically increase the number of immigrants from their ex-colonies
Assuming that there is a drug that can induce a life-long coma in which one experiences the state of absolute happiness without requiring any further care until physical death from old age, THW immediately administer it to all humans
THR the decline of postmodernist artPostmodernism ? The premise of the ideology is that there is no definite terms, boundaries or absolute truth in existence
THW introduce female gender quota for judges
THBT the feminist movement should actively oppose norms of stable monogamous relationships
THBT the protections of international law conventions and treaties should not apply to combatants from terrorist organisations (e.g. prohibition on torture, prisoner of war status, guarantee of post-conflict release)
THW actively encourage women not to have children
THBT the WHO 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 useThe World Health Organisation has adopted conventions on various health topics which can impose binding regulations on member states.
TH prefers a world where, starting today, all humans have identical intellectual abilities (equivalent to the current global average)
THBT developing countries should acquire, on the open market, large stakes in major publicly-traded global corporations (eg. Google, JP Morgan, Shell, and Pfizer)
THW pursue replacing human educators with AIs
THW limit the amount of time that a museum can display a given piece of art to 3 months out of every 10 year period, rather than allow museums to display their works as long as they chooseThe art that you see in a museum typically comes from one of the following sources: i) that museum’s permament collection that’s always on display, ii) that museum’s permament collection that is mostly kept in storage and may occasionally be displayed (the largest museums usually display as little as 5% of their collections); iii) pieces lent to that museum on a temporary basis by another museum iv) pieces donated or lent by private individuals or institutions.
In democratic post-colonial states, This house believes that opposition parties to the party of independence should claim and use the legacy of anti-colonial resistance
THBT S Korea should produce nuclear weapons
THW encourage women to be selfish
THR the modern high prioritization of sexual compatibility in romantic relationships.
THBT scholars who study under-represented groups in history should emphasize their contribution to events that are commonly considered historically significant, rather than studying the history of those groups' contributions to their own societies.
THBT, in large metropolitan areas, the government should use eminent domain to create high density housing development.
This house believes that countries with ageing populations should increase immigrations rather than encouraging their own citizens to have more children
This house, as India, would not apply the AFSPA to KashmirThe Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) is an Act of the Indian Parliament that grants the military wide powers of arrest, the right to shoot to kill, and to occupy or destroy property when carrying out counter-insurgency operations in ‘disturbed areas’. The AFSPA was applied to Kashmir in 1990 and has been in force since.
This house believes that countries whose main language is not English, should adopt English as the main language of politics, academia, and commerce
THBT the environmental movement should abandon the narrative of personal responsibility in favor of one which emphasizes institutional accountability
Autumn Tournament,2018,Rookie GF
THBT student loans should mandate repayment only to those who are capable of paying it back (incl. not limited to: have a stable job or be a child of wealthy parents)
THR the media emphasis on the gender of successful female professionals
In liberal democracies where Catholicism is a prominent religion, THBT government should mandate the Catholic Church to denounce and remove verses that communities use to justify discrimination and violence
BP Novice West,2017,4
THBT states should not make contracts with private military contractors in combat roles
BP Novice Kanto,2017,3
THBT economic development organizations (e.g. IMF, WB) should not make aid conditional upon trade liberalization
THW force companies to reflect the racial diversity of national population on employee composition
TH opposes the narrative that having a child is intinsically fulfilling experience
THBT Greece should introduce significant financial incentives for companies and individuals currently based in Athens to relocate to other Greek citiesOver a third of the Greek population lives in Athens
THBT the US Democratic Party should move to the left in candidate selection and policy platform
THBT the purpose of military intervention should be purely about preventing collateral damage instead of defeating the oppressive regimes
THBT the Pope should be elected by Catholics around the world
THBT it is in the interest of the Chinese Communist Party to cease attempts to infringe on “One Country, Two Systems” in Hong Kong, rather than continuing its current approach
THBT it is in the interest of dominant organised religions for their leaders to declare more progressive interpretations of traditional dogmae.g. on dietary and pilgrimage requirements, the acceptability of contraception, same-sex relationships
THW break up DisneyThe Walt Disney Company owns Pixar, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Fox, ABC and dozens of other studios, media networks, amusement parks and merchandising rights
THBT local governments in developing countries should allocate significant portions of their budget via Participatory BudgetingParticipatory Budgeting’ is a process in which ordinary civilians decide how to allocate part of a municipal or local public budget. Citizens propose and prioritize spending projects within a predefined amount of funding, and the government is bound by the decisions they made, e.g, local transportation projects, subsidies, and educational and cultural programs
THBT it is in the interest of the Kremlin to take measures to reduce Russian dependency on Chinae.g limit the selling of raw materials to China, reduce the share of Yuan in Russia’s currency reserves, not allowing Chinese companies to develop strategic infastructure such as 5G in Russia
THBTcommunities that have been victims of atorocities should emphasis the narrative of the ‘banality of evil’ when interpreting those atorocitiesThe concept of ‘banality of evil’ claims that great act of evil can be committed by ordinary indivisuals within a bureacracy. Under this theory, most perpetrators of great evil are ordinary people, with no motive for their actions other than promoting thier own advancement in the system
THBT the Greek government should have rejected the 2015 bailout deal and sought to negotiate further concessions, even at the risk of not receiving a bailout
THBT South Korea should abandon the goal of, and all policies which aim at, Korean reunification
TH regrets the increasing trend of popular shows featuring neurodivergence* as the central themeNeurodivergence refers to those whose psychology is non standard, e.g. for reasons of mental health, mental disability, etc.
TH supports the decline of American influence in East AsiaEast Asia includes both Northeast and Southeast Asia
This house celebrates the rise of non-traditional political movements (eg Trumpism, En Marche, Alternative for Germany, etc)
TH, as Northeast Asian parents, would raise their children as Third Culture KidsThird Culture Kid(TCK): TCKs are people raised in a culture other than that of their parents for a significant part of their early development years. TCKs move between cultures before they have had the opportunity to fully develop their personal and cultural identity.
Given a way to accurately measure an individual's empathy, THW only allow individuals with high levels of empathy for people beyond their immediate circles, to vote in election
TH regrets the Goldwater ruleThe Goldwater rule is a law in the United States that states it is unethical for mental health professionals to give a professional opinion about public figures they have not examined in person and from whom they have not obtained consent. Thus, it opens them for libel if they give a public psychiatric competence analysis on non consenting public figures
THR the rise of “Sharing Culture”“Sharing Culture” (a culture which encourages the frequent posting of both mundane and intimate details of ones life on social media platforms, and the commenting on and reacting to others posts of this nature)
As university-oriented English parliamentary debate community oj Japan, TH prefers mandating all debaters to serve as an organaizing committee member over a voluntary system with significant financial compensation(haigher reward for organaizing committee)
THBT developing countries should heavily disincentivize rural to urban migration
THBT public museums should never diplay offensive arts
THBT if you choose to treat your lover and not the complete stranger, you will be morally blameworthyAssuming that Ebola has spread to Japan, and you are a doctor who has just invented the cure, but only have one indivisible portion of it, and the only two patients in your care are your lover and a complete stranger, both of whom are in critical condition and will certainly die without treatment within a few hours
TH opposes the idea of Social Contract as a rationale for citizens’ obligation to obey the state’s coercive decisions (such as laws and policies)Social Contract is a political theory that attempts to justify coercion of citizens by the state by claiming that the state exists because citizens agreed to establish it to promote common good. This agreement is usually referred to as the Social Contract
THBT celebrities should not publish their political position
THBT international criminal tribunals should introduce the death penalty for individuals convicted of crimes against humanity
THBT academic journals should not publish articles that characterize colonialism as positive
This house believes that Western institutions should neither cooperate with, nor use the data produced by, non-Western medical institutions that do not meet Western standards on human clinical trials
THW implement blind voting for general electionsFor the purposes of this debate, “blind voting” refers to a system where voters cast their votes for various policies, and a candidate is matched to them based on their preference
As feminist movement, TH supports women using her sexuality/femininity (Ex. flirt with superiors and customers) to climb up the corporate ladder
THBT social movements should abandon the tactic of publicly shaming individuals in order to accomplish change
THW hold heads of corporations criminally liable for significant environmental damages caused by their corporations
THR the narrative that university education is the primary path to success
TH prefers a world where adult children take in their elderly parents rather than supporting them to live separately
THBT HK government should pose strict restriction on non-holders of HK passport’s (Sandeep Kamal Chulani) right to purchase properties
THBT Feminists should campaign for the full decriminalisation of prostitution globally (i.e. no penalties for buyers and prostitutes) instead of partial decriminalisation (i.e. penalties only for buyers)
TH prefers a world in which all individuals who have achieved a middle class standard of living choose to pursue the highest level of achievement in their chosen career, rather than a wold in which those individuals priorities day-to-day enjoyment over work
THW force religous adoption agencies to allow same-sex couples to foster and adopt childrenReligous adoption agency is an agency run by religous organization such as Catholic. They assist in placing chilren to adoptive parents that are looking for children.
THBT medical institutions in developed countries should neither cooperate with, nor use the data produced by, medical institutions in developing countries that do not meet standards in developed countries on human crinical trialsMedical institutions in developing countires (e.g. Southeast Asia, Central Asia) are becoming increasingly competitive within the field of human clinical trials and now constitute a major share of world's scientific output. These trials operate under local medical standards that are pointed out to be less stringent than ones in developed countries.
Assuming feasibility, THW implement the "Literal and Universal Birth Lottery" system"Literal and Universal Birth Lottery" is a cool word I came up with. It refers to a system in which parents do not raise their own biological children. Instead, they will raise children who are randomly assigned to them through a lottery in a universal/global scale. For example, a Japanese parent may be assigned a Thai child, and vice versa.
THW replace existing welfare systems with a universal basic income.
Assuming the evidence would never be found out otherwise, THBT the scientist should disclose this evidence to the worldA scientist has found irrefutable evidence that God exists. This God does not belong to any religion or belief system that exists on Earth. This God acts randomly without any regard for human suffering.
THBT military doctors that have conducted, or supervised on, methods aimed to extort information from prisoners should be barred by medical associations from practicing medicine in the civil sphere
THW allow schools with a majority of pupils from oppressed groups to reject children who do not belong to their group from attending the school
THBT developing countries should sell their custodian rights over their wildlife within their territories to private corporations
THW not restrict sexual expression in public (e.g. public nudity, displayal of pornographic images)
THW ban sex selective abortionSex-selective abortion is the practice of terminating a pregnancy based upon the predicted sex of the infant. The selective abortion of female fetuses is most common where male children are valued over female children
THBT international finantial institutions (e.g. World Bank, ADB, AIIB tec) should prioritize projects in nations and regions that have lower gender inequaity index( = prioritize gender equal countries)An international financial institution is an institution that provides finantial and professional advising for the purpose of development. For example, the World Bank has financed many project to build infrastructures. The Gender Inequality Index measures the quantity of loss of achievement within a counrty due to gender Inequality. It measures the loss on three dimensions of reproductive health, empowerment, and labor market participation of women. The lower the Gender Inequality Index, the more gender equal the society
THBT the feminst movement should celebrate the decline of birth rate
THBT media should not broadcast private life of politicians
TH, as White group in South Africa, Would declare the formation of violent rebellion against the government in case they amend the constitutionAfrican National Congress, the ruling party of South Africa, is leaning towards constitutional amendment by which seizure of land without compensation can be constitutionally legitimate. Major target of seizure will be White farmers.
THBT the world would be better off without the concept of gender identity
THW enforce a maximum moral incomeA maximum moral income is a maximum income that is morally defensible. Anything beyond that would be morally indefensible.
Assuming feasibility, THW remove desire of individuals to pursue self-beneficial actions
TH, as Iran, would cease all support for military groups in the Middle East (e.g. Hezbollah, Hamas, Houthis, etc.)
TH, as feminist movement, would advocate against advertisements which use female sexuality to appeal to customers
THW hold head of religious organizations legally liable when their believers, for religious reasons, deny giving medial treatment to their children under life-threatening condition
THR the rise of social influencersA Social Influencer is a user on social media who has established credibility in a specific field. A social media influencer has access to a large audience (e.g. followers on Twitter/ Instagram and subscribers on YouTube) and can persuade others by virtue of their appeal and reach
TH prefers a non-adversarial legal systemIn an adversarial legal system (which is implemented in most countries), the prosecution and defense perform investigations, provide evidence, question witnesses and make legal arguments in an attempt to win the case, while the judge(s) are relatively passive observers and act as an impartial referee. In a non-adversarial legal system, the judge takes responsibility for most of the investigative process ? questioning defendants and witnesses, ordering searches to be done ? in an attempt to gather facts and look for any and all evidence in an impartial way. The prosecution and defense may be questioned by the judge, but have no control over the proceedings, and perform a minor role within the court.
THBT the Netherlands should allow citizens to purchase additional votes from the government at a cost proportional to their wealth (for example, one additional vote for 1% of wealth)The Netherlands has a political system with many political parties in which no one party typically gets a majority of the vote Seats in the parliament are allocated in proportion to the number of votes received by each party on a national level (‘proportional representation’) The government is formed by the coalition of parties that has a majority in the parliament
BP Novice West,2018,GF
TH regrets the dominant narrative "the more choices you have, the happier you are"
THBT the US should cut military funding for Saudi Arabia.
THBT education should reward contentment with what you have, ratehr than ambition to achieve more.
THBT rules and scheduling of professional sports should be made in the interest of fairness and the welfare of competitors regardless of commercial incentives or the interest of audiences
THBT the Islael Philharmonic Orchestra should regularly play the works of Richard Wagner
TH regrets the rising public skepticism towards science
THW ban the publication, exhibition, and sale of art created through self-injury.
As Papuan Activists, THW abandon the Papuan separatist agenda and focus on the fulfillment of social and economic rights of Papuans (e.g. countering racism against Papuan students, increasing the allocation of central resources to development in Papua)
THR “#womenagainstfeminism” movement“#womenagainstfeminism” movement is a social media campaign on Facebook, YouTube, and other internet media in which women post pictures of themselves holding up handmade placards stating reasons why they disapprove of modern feminism.
THBT military intervention should be approved by national referendum
THW break up banks that are deemed “too big to fail” such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase and HSBC
THW legalize self-helpSelf-help is an act of remedying a loss inflicted by illegal actions and returning something to its original state by yourself, without resorting to legal proceeding.Self-help includes stealing back what was stolen, or ejecting a tenant from the house when he didn’t pay the rent. It is different from, for example, punching back someone who punched you because punching back doesn’t make yourself back to the original state.
TH oppose dominance of the value that telling a lie is vice
THBT the state of Israel should cease using the holocaust as a core justification for its existence
THR the glamorization of start-up culture that encourages people to start their own companies rather than pursue traditional career paths
THW allow members of the armed forces to form labor unions
This House supports the rapid global elimination of both tariff and non-tariff barriers to free trade.
This House would allow children to sue their parents for religious indoctrinationIndoctrination means teaching someone to accept beliefs uncritically. In the case of religion, this can include (but is not limited to) emphasising strict adherence to religious teachings and not presenting alternative viewpoints
BP Novice Kanto,2017,4
THR the western feminist narrative that regards victims revealing their marks of domestic violence as a form of female empowemrment
THW give legislative veto power to a Future Generations CommissionFor the purposes of this debate, a 'Future Generations Commission' is an independent body mandated with mapping the long-term impacts of governmental policy on the young, or unborn generations
Cambridge IV,2018,EFL GF
TH prefers a world in which all children are conceived with DNA from a global genetic database
Actually, THW rather see one innocent man go to jail than see 100 guilty men walk free
THR 'Operation Car Wash'Operation Car Wash' is a broad investigation conducted in Brazil that revealed extensive corruption. As a result of the operation, the left-leaning Workers' Party have lost power, and far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro has been elected president
THW give companies tax breaks on all revenues paid as renumeration (salaries and bonus) to all female employees
THR the substitution of digital entertainment (e.g. TV, movies, video games) for written materials (e.g. novels, Kindle, comic books) in the lives of children
THBT former human rights activists under dictatorial regimes should not seek elected office (e.g. MP) after the transition to democracy
THR the rise of Xi Jinping
THW force all companies worth over $1 billion to list publicly
THW ban home schooling
THW all movies and TV shows to introduce racial-blind casting for all charactersRacial-blind casting is the selection of actor regardless of the characters intial racial indentity, which may result in characters such as： African American Hermione Granger in Harry Potter Caucasian Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost In The Shell.
THW allow workers to sell their rights in exchange for higher pay
THBT developing countries with ethnically diverse populations should prohibit vernacular schoolsVernacular school provides education in language which are ingrained in the particular communities and not in the country's primary language
This House believes that the Mexican government should adopt measures that enable one cartel to monopolise the drug market. (These measures can include but are not limited to: targeting enemy cartels; selective arrests; stopping military deployments to areas controlled by this cartel; and renouncing the headhunt on its current leaders.)
TH, as an international student from a democratic country studying in Hong Kong, would choose not to leave
THBT schools should teach students from a young age that "nobody is completely straight".
THBT Western liberal democracies should restrict multinational corporations from investing and establishing branches in illiberal states (e.g. Philippines, Zimbabwe, Saudi Arabia).
THBT it is the interest of the Iranian government to immediately and unilaterally halt its nuclear weapons program
Assuming that humanity prior to the Industrial Revolution had knowledge of how industrialization led to widespread environmental destruction, THBT humanity, at that point in time, has a moral obligation to reject industrialization
THBT the U.S. government should cap copay for prescription drugs.
THBT the IMF should bail out countries heavily indebted to China only when they agree to cancel further infrastructure projects with China.
THBT Japanese government should stop memorialization of their soldiers' deaths during WWⅡ.
THR the societal emphasis of charity/volunteering as a virtue
THS active racebending which is favourable towards socially underprivileged races (i.e., African American, Asian)Racebending is an act that changes character's perceived race or ethnicity during the adoption of a work from one medium to another. (i.e., Black James Bond, White female Ancient One in Doctor Strange.)
THW abolish all regulations against service industry (such as sanitary condition of the hotel or additional car license for cabbing) except for those related to immediate impact to one's life
THBT social media should aggressively promote content that is divergent to the user's current opinions
THBT countries should tax their citizens for the income they generate while working and living abroad
TH prefers polyamourous relationships over monogamy
TH prefers a world in which all arts were anonymous over a world where they were always attributed to the artist
Assuming feasibility, THW erase sense of fear from soldiers
TH regrets cram school culture
THR the imposition of the concept of universal human rights.
THW abolish the statute of limitations for heinous crimes (e.g. murder, sexual assault, grievous bodily harm)A statute of limitations sets out the maximum time that parties have to start legal proceedings after the date of an alleged offense.
TH Prefers Asian Values to Western liberalism
THBT investors should cease purchasing bonds issued by the Venezuelan government
THBT minority parents should shelter their children from the existence of racism for as long as possible
Oxford IV,2017,ESL SF
THBT that the EU should suspend the voting rights of Poland
Oxford IV,2017,ESL GF
THW ban the creation of all artificial conscious beings
Oxford IV,2017,Rookie GF
THW require all sold products to clearly display their price in Dead Children Currency
THR the creation and adoption of cryptocurrencies
THBT Mohammed bin Salman’s policies are in the interests of the ruling House of Saud
Assuming it could be done peacefully, THW replace all existing governments with a single global democratic government
THW criminalize the creation and spreading of science-based conspiracy theories (flat earth, global warming is a hoaz, vaccines cause autiusm, etc.)
THW allow foreign funding of local political NGOs.
In relaiton to the sexual allegations scandals of the Vatican, THBT Pope Francis should resign.
THBT the feminist movements should support ads and campaigns that fature servicewomen with emphasis on their sexual appearance.
TH opposes sympathizing and humanizing portrayals of Nazi soldiers
THW abolish all requirements for adopting children related to the income, marital status, sexuality, race, etc. of the adopting parent(s)
THR the existence of valuable natural resources (e.g. oil, diamonds) in developing countries with ethnically/religiously diverse populations
THW impose a narrow banking regulationIn the status quo, financial institutions use the money deposited by customers (e.g. in a bank account) to make loans and investments. Deposits could alternatively be used to buy government-back safe assets (e.g. treasury bonds), which tend to have the lowest risk of default of all assets. In this debate, an “equity account” would be an account where the financial institution can use deposits for loans and investments. The value of an equity account fluctuates based on the value of its underlying assets. A “narrow banking” regulation is the requirement that all financial institutions back up all deposits with an equivalent value of government-back safe assets, unless customers choose to deposit their money in an “equity account”.
TH, as a parent of a child of ASPD, would enable and support that child given that child’s aims based on their current psychological makeup, instead of trying to make them more empatheticIndividuals with Anti-Social Personality Disorder (ASPD), formerly known as sociopathy, have a highly reduced ability to feel empathy. People with ASPD do potentially have the ability to feel empathy, and, as with other emotions, their capacity to feel empathy can be increased based on exposure to certain experiences and relationships, yet is unlikely to reach what is considered a “normal” level.
THB the world would be a better place if women from privileged backgrounds turned down any benefits arising from AA programs
THBT the United Nations should remove the veto power of the P5 rather than expand Security Council to include new permanent seats
TH prefers a national parliament elected by Single-Member District over Proportional Representation
THBT political view/opinions is a legitimate criteria in employment decision
THBT the United States should adopt wealth tax
THW impose a BBC-style impartiality requirement on all news platforms.The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) is legally required to cover the news impartially. This means: 1. It cannot take sides on controversial issues. 2. The amount of coverage each viewpoint gets should roughly reflect the level of support that viewpoint has in society. 3. It is not required to be neutral on certain fundamental issues like the rule of law and the legitimacy of the democratic process.
This House would abolish the Olympic Games
This House Would raise their child to prefer to be single
This house would require all sports teams to be majority owned by members of the local community
TH prefers the world with one unified currency
This house believes that Islamic authorities in South East Asia should issue a fatwa denouncing WahhabismIn the Islamic faith, a fatwa is a non-binding but authoritative legal opinion or learned interpretation issued by a qualified religious leader, pertaining to Islamic law and ethics. Followers are expected to adhere to these rulings. Wahhabism is an Islamic doctrine and religious movement that is often described as ultraconservative and puritan. It aims to restore what its believers consider to be the only correct and pure form of Islam. Saudi Arabia politically and financially supports Wahhabism around the world.
THW only allow women to make new purchases of real estate and land
In portraying the relationships of sexual minorities, THBT popular media should focus on conflicts within the relationship rather than societal discrimination
TH prefers a world where death is viewed positively
THBT the moderation of content on social media should solely be based on the legality of the content as opposed to including the company's individual community guidelines
Japan BP,2018,Rookie SF
THBT developed nations should promote the privatization of health care industry
Japan BP,2018,Rookie GF
TH would abandon attempts to ban gun ownership in favor of pushing existing gun companies to become "ethical gun manufacturers"“ethical gun manufacturers” refers to gun manufacturing companies that choose not to sell their product to certain countries (such as Heckler & Koch announcing that they will not sell to non-NATO, non-EU countries) as well as setting up measures such as victim funds for gun violence victims
THBT feminist movement should actively promote female participation in military
THW abolish the institution of marriage
THW prohibit governments and corporations from destroying/desecrating indigenous holy sites, for economic purposes
TH, as a parent, would teach their daughters to embrace the ideal of the “independent women”The ideal of the ‘independent women’ refers to the ideal that a woman ought to be entirely self sufficient, and should not have to receive external validation to feel good about herself and to be able to achieve success. This ideal pushes the notion that being financially and environmentally independent is best for women.
TH rejects all narratives that depict insect-jisatsu as honorable
Assuming the development of AI medical robots that are proven to perform better than human doctors,THW conceal all incidents of medical accidents caused by AI
THW institute quota for female leaders in academic institutions/organizations
THBT educational institutions in developed countries should mandate a year-long work/study-abroad program in a developing country for their students
THBT it is never justified to assassinate state-sponsored scientists and researchers conducting research about weapons of mass destruction
THBT LGBTQ+ activists in non-Western countries should use and advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and individuals using their local historical terms instead of Western terminologyNon-Western countries have rich histories and communities of non-binary/LGBTQ+ individuals, including mahjie(Singapore), Jathil(Indonesia), calabai(Bugis), cult of Tu’er Shen(China), Hijra(India), among others
THW hold bystanders of all sexual harassment liable for their failure to help
THBT the stigmatization of outsourcing eldercare* in Asian societiessending your parents to assisted care facilities retirement communities
THW disallow the practice of naturalizing foreign athletes to serve on national sports teamsNaturalization is the legal act or process by which a person from one country changes nationality to another country by acquiring citizenship. Some countries have the practice of naturalizing talented foreign athletes to make them eligible members of their national teams in major international events.
THBT the international community should abandon attempts to denuclearize North Korea
THW make all salaries and employment terms publicly accessible
THBT schools should prioritize character development over accademic performance
In times of crisis, THBT the state should withhold information that may damage public confidence
As the officer, THW resignYou are a respected, high-ranking, heterosexual officer in the military. In the past, you have publicly advocated for LGBT rights within the army and have worked hard to improve how they are treated. A newly elected conservative government has enacted a ban on LGBT’s serving in the army.
THR the South Korean Supreme Court decision to find conscientious ebjection to military conscription not guilty.Conscientious objectior to miltiary refers to an individual who has claimed the right to reduse to perform military service on the gorunds of freedom of thought, conscience or religion. On October 26th, 2018 the South Korean Supreme Court found a conscientious objection to mandatory military service case not guilty for the first time.
THW universally abolish CRBI (citizenship and residence by investment) schemes."Citizenship by Investment" (CBI) and "Residence by Investment" (RBI) schemes are offered by substantial number of countries, such as Canada, Malaysia, UAE. The schemes allow foreigners to obtain citizenship and temporary/permanent residence rights on the basis of local investments or a flat fee.
TH, as the executive body would choose to eliminate based on utility over a random draw.In 2200, the world is unable to accomodate everyone. The only way for half the population to survice is to eliminate the other hald. A confidential world executive body was formed in order to deal with this issue.
THBT progressive movements should not doxxDoxxing is an internet-based practice of researching and broadcasting private or identifiable information (e.g. name, address, occupation etc.) about an individual or organization.
THR the narrative that motherhood is an intrinsically fulfilling experience
THS South Korea’s rejection of the potential trilateral military USA-Korea-Japan alliancePresident Moon Jae-in has recently commented that it is not appropriate to develop the cooperation to a level of trilateral military alliance in response to USA’s demand for such an alliance. “In response to North Korea’s nuclear and missiles provocations, in addition to the cooperation with the US, such cooperation with Japan has also become very important.” “But I don’t believe that it is desirable to develop the trilateral cooperation into a military alliance.” ? Moon Jae-in, Nov 3 2017
THS the allocation of research funding in universities based purely on the utility factor of the research“Utility factor” refers to the total, foreseeable impact on society produced by academic research. The utility factor is determined by the universities themselves.
THW remove all criminal penalties for knowingly exposing partners to HIV
THW require government involvement and approval for creation and renewal of all labor contracts
THW opposes the social norm to hide or mischaracterize truths about the world from children (e.g. “sinners go to hell”, future prospect & careers, there ability compared to other children)
THS communal child rearingCommunal child rearing is the system of raising children as a whole society. In this system, biological parents lose parental right to their children, and the communities give necessities of lives, education and money for independence etc. to all children equally. Also, parents and children live apart, and don’t keep special connection to each other.
Assuming that human beings with superpowers have come into existence, THBT those with superpowers should be governed by an international community on its use of their powers
THBT the use of erotic capital by women does more harm than good
THP a world where people believe you should maximize productivity to a world where people believe you should maximize leisure
THW provide means-tested welfare in the form of basic goods and services (including vouchers), rather than cash payments
THBT twitter has done more harm than good
THBT sates should not prosecute menbers of terrorist organizations who leave those organizations and coorperate with the state.
THW anonymize the funding, display, and sale of art
As a billionaire who opposes the development of strong artificial intelligence, THW fund violent and destructive action against companies that aim to creat strong AIStrong artificial intelligence refers to machines that have the ability to think at least as well as humans and could act independent of human instruction
THBT NATO should end all political, economic, and military support for the Russian Commonwealth
THW ban religious institutions from asking for donations from their followers
THBT China should transition from its character-based script to an alphabet-based scriptIn a character-based script,a written character represents a word or phrase, but may not clear as to how it is spoken.In an alphabat-based script, individual character represent sounds rather than concepts, and are combined to make words and phrases that have meanings.
THBT US government employees should leak embarassing information about the Trump Administration to the press e.g. Trump’s tax returns, details of internal political disputes, embarassing personal details, etc
THBT feminists in developing countries should encourage women not to have children
THW require all citizens to perform two years of national civic services(ex. in healthcare, education, helping the elderly, etc.)
TH prefers a world where children are raised under communcal child reading over family based rearing.
THR the popularization of feminism.
THW ban the development of AIs designed for military combat.
This House, as the US Democratic Party, would call for a halt in the negotiations with Nroth Korea.
TH, as Western liberal democracies, would impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia.
THW mandate all development aid to be administered by international organization. (i.e. World Bank, AIIB, AIB, etc)
THBT the First Lady should actively enact major policies on behalf of the PresidentYou are the First Lady of the United States. You are more competent than the President or the Vice President in enacting policies & convincing the legislators & the electorate
THBT schools should actively rank children based on their achievements and encourage competition
THBT the accumulation of personal data by large social media corporations (e.g. Facebook, Twitter) does more harm than good to consumers
THW not restrict sexual expressions in public (e.g. public nudity, displayal of pornographic images)
BP Novice Kanto,2017,QF
THW ban private ownerships of land
THBT development of infrastructure in developing countries should be led by the state, as opposed to the private sector
THBT the U.S. should eliminate all protective measures on the trading and use of green technologies.
TH prefers a would in which social media sites would have been founded on a subscription based revenue model rather than an ad based model**i.e. one in which most of the revenue comes from paying customers and not ads
THBT the probability of success should be removed from the Just War Theory
This house would, as the feminist movement, advocate for the research, development and usage of artificial wombsAn artificial womb (or artificial uterus) is a device that would allow for extracorporeal pregnancy or extrauterine foetal incubation by growing an embryo or foetus outside the body of an organism that would normally internally carry the embryo or foetus to term. Currently, the technology has been proven successful in growing baby sheep.
This house would allow direct to consumer advertising for prescription drugs and treatmentsDirect-to-consume advertising refers to the marketing of pharmaceutical products, medical devices, and consumer diagnostics to consumers. In the status quo, pharmaceutical companies are only allowed to advertise their products and treatments to medical professionals.
BP Novice East,2018,4
THBT feminist movement should seek a ban on contents that sexually objectify women (including but not limited to some pornography and animated characters on magazines)
BP Novice West,2018,1
THW ban religious party in politics
BP Novice West,2018,2
In times of crisis, THBT the state should withhold information that may damage social order
TH prefers a world in which all religions believe in Universal Salvation
THB that Western European states at high risk for terror attacks should implement 'state of emergency' laws
THR the mass deregulation of the financial sector
TH as the Kremlin would commemorate the 1917 Russian Revolution as a tradegy rather than a triumph for the nation
THBT governments around the world should commit to drastically reducing birth rates until the total world population is sustained at 3 billion
TH prefers a world where parents are honest with their children about their (i.e. parents’) imperfections and insecurities
THBT the UN should offer Brazil a large amount of money in return for them permanently ceding sovereignty over the Amazon to international stewardship
TH supports a glorification of honjok* culture*One in which individuals regularly undertake traditionally communal activities alone (e.g. eating, drinking, traveling, etc.). The term is associated with South Korea, however it is on the rise in various countries
THBT a pursuit of long-term special economic zones is in the interest of the communist government of VietnamSpecial economic zones commonly offer investors greater investment incentives and fewer restrictions than available in the country hosting the zone. Individuals or companies holding the lease on the land are usually granted a high degree or autonomy that is ceded from the central government
BP Novice West,2017,QF
TH opposes specialization of female athletes
BP Novice West,2017,SF
THW require university graduates to move to economically deprived areas for a substantial period of time after graduation
THBT schools should teach children to be skeptical of parental authority
THBT minority groups should not repurpose terminologies that were formerly used to oppress them.
As a strategy for upcoming election campaign, THBT Democratic Party should predominantly push democratic socialism as its core agenda.
THW permit employers to fire employees who publicly demonstrate politically extremist ideologies
THS the establishment of citizen-initiated recall election procedures to remove elected officials
THR the perception that soldiers are heroes
THBT social sanctions should be a mitigating factor of criminal lengthA social sanction is a reaction from others in society to an acused person. It varies in society from releasing the private information by media, dismissal by his company, or the insult on the internet.
THBT the ongoing process of decolonisation should include actively disempowering religions that were imposed on the country during colonialismDecolonisation refers to the process of critiquing and moving away from value systems and influences that were imposed on countries during colonialism. Some examples include: removing statues of colonial figures e.g. Cecil Rhodes, prioritising indigenous narratives of history over colonial narratives, replacing colonial authors with local authors in curricula.
THW implement substantial measures to impose long-termism in corporate investment culture (e.g. minimum holding periods for shares, yearly rather than quarterly financial reporting, long-term executive compensation plans)
TH supports granting megacities autonomous control over their economic and social policy (e.g. immigration, health, criminal justice) with national taxation policy remaining under the control of the federal governmentMegacities are cities with a population of over 10 million people
THW redefine the criterion for excessive force in the US to be any use of beyond what is reasonable given all the facts of the case, including the benefit of hindsight (e.g. whether the individual had a gun, not whether it was reasonable to believe he had a gun)The current criterion in the US as to whether a police offices used excessive force is whether he acted reasonably given his perspective at the time and without the benefit of hindsight. Academic research has shown that when using this criterion, juries consistently conclude that officers harming or killing black individuals acted reasonably in almost all circumstances.
THW allow citizens to vote on individual bills in place of their representative, with the representative retaining the voting power of those of their constituents who did not directly vote on that specific bill
THBT ASEAN should negotiate all investment deals with Chinese government entities as a bloc (with decisions made by majority vote of its members), so that no member state can enter into investment deals without the rest of the worldThe Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a regional intergovernmental organisation comprising of Southeast Asian states which promotes Pan-Asianism and greater economic integration within the ASEAN common market. There are 10 ASEAN member states, namely, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Brunei, Philippines, Cambodia, Loas, & Vietnam.
THS the court’s decision to acquit TehlirianSoghomon Tehlirian was an Armenian whose family was killed during the Turkish genocide against Armenians. In Berlin in 1921, Tehlirian assassinated Tallat Pascha, widely considered the main orchestrator of the Armenian genocide. Despite conclusive evidence of his guilt, a Berlin court decided to acquit Tehlirian and free him.
In areas with rapidly rising property prices, THW suspend all restrictions on property development that are not health and safety requirements (for example, environmental zoning regulations, building height restrictions, and regulations on the appearance of buildings)
BP Novice East,2019,1
THW censor and remove all contents (including books and tweets) which are deemed to be anti-vaccination
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TH, as ASEAN member states, would pursue closer relationship with China as opposed to the US
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In countries where conscription exists exclusively for men, THBT feminists should advocate for the conscription of women
TH regrets the practice of competing on national costumes in international beauty contests
THBT civil rights legal organizations (e.g. ACLU) should refuse to provide legal resources to white supremacists and other hate groups.
Of religions that promise reward for faithful practice, THW prefer religions that promise reward will come in the afterlife as opposed to those that promise material reward in this life.
THBT social movements should emphasize an individual's capacity to change their circumstances in the face of oppression, as opposed to emphasizing the structures that restrict and determine an individual's fate.
THBT it is unjustified to assist evil regimes in systematically persecuting members of their identity group in order to mitigate and moderate the regime's abuses (e.g. Israel Kasztner in Nazi-controlled Hungary, Wang Jingwei in Japan-occupied China)
THW subsidise art that glorifies the working class
THW ban advocacy for religious belief in public places
THW suspend democracy in times of economic crisis
TH, as the Feminist Movement, would publicly denounce Sheila's talkSheila is a woman who was subjected to forced marriage back in the rural town where she was born. After many years, Sheila has come to terms with her marriage and leads a happy life with her husband and children. She intends on giving a talk on the positive aspects of her marriage and how forced marriage is a legitimate way of life.
As a prominent religious leader of a major religion, THW actively promote the narrative that atheists and irreligious people can still be accepted into heaven.
THO the idealization of the pacifist civil rights leader
THBT former colonies should actively de-emphasize prominent western thinkers in their education
THBT the state should redistribute all donations to charities according to an evidence-based assessment of their utility
THBT social media should manipulate user experience to promote social harmony
THBT States should allow private companies to bid for the right to govern part of their territoryright to govern: the making and enforcement of rules
TH regrets the decision to list democracy as a fundamental human right in the UN’s universal declaration of Human Rights
TH as privileged (intellectual/good family back ground /having a well payed job…etc) feminist, would not marry males with higher social statuses
TH opposes the free movement of persons in Africa
THW replace the teaching of established classics (e.g. Shakespeare) with popular contemporary literature (e.g. Harry Potter)
THW criminalise blasphemy in Western Liberal DemocraciesBlasphemy is the act of offending or showing contempt towards a religious deity or a sacred object/person
THS the complete freedom of movement for refugees
Given the recent decline of popularity of feminism, TH as a woman who believes in the need to advocate for gender equality, would not call oneself a “feminist”
THBT an approach of Political Expansionism on the part of the Chinese state is in the interests of the Chinese people
TH supports a norm of embracing anger in public discourse rather than one of aspiring to dispassionate objectivity
This house would not allow out of court settlements for workplace discrimination and harrasment
THBT sports leagues should significantly tax and redistribute from wealthier teams to poorer teams
BP Novice East,2019,4
THBT sexual fidelity should not be a criterion to measure the strength of loveSEXUAL FIDELITY refers to the attitude or behaviour of someone who is willing to have sex only with their husband, wife, or partner
BP Novice West,2019,1
THR the narrative "experience of hardship and agony is necessary for success"
BP Novice West,2019,2
TH celebrates the increasing number of children going to cram schools
BP Novice West,2019,QF
THW ban slum tourism run and profited by people living outside the slum
This house, as women's rights groups in India, would adopt violent female goddesses as prominent symbols
Assuming the switch will never be discovered, THW tell the poor couple that their baby died and hand the surviving baby over to the wealthy couple.You are a doctor in the emergency unit of a hospital. One night, two critical cases come to you: a wealthy couple's newborn baby and an extremely poor couple's newborn baby are both diagnosed with a rare disease, which requires high maintenance. Despite hours of frantic efforts on your part to keep them alive, tragedy strikes by dawn and the wealthy couple's baby dies.
THBT governments should actively discourage consumerist lifestyles
In a relatively equal society where the "protected sphere model" is the norm, This House, as a parent, would raise their children according to the "deferred happiness model"Under the "deferred happiness model" of parenting, there is strong emphasis on setting children up for a successful adulthood, including through a focus on academic or extracurricular achievement, structure, and discipline. Under the "protected sphere model" of parenting, there is strong emphasis on "letting children be children", including through a focus on playtime and personal enjoyment.
TH prefers a cynical and pessimistic perception of democratic politics to an idealistic and optimistic one
TH prefers a world without the NeuralinkA highly-valued startup has invented Neuralink technology, which allows people's consciousnesses to be irreversibly uploaded into a powerful supercomputer and maintained indefinitely
This House, as China, would grant universal suffrage to Hong Kong
THW create an international court with the ability to classify national debt as “odious debt” at the debtor nation’s request and remove the obligation of that nation to repay
THBT post-genocidal regimes should destroy all places of extermination (for example, death camps)
Assuming feasibility, THW ban all research into the possible genetic origins of sex, race and sexuality
THR the depiction of the everyday life of people with disabilities as inspirational
TH oppose science as a predominant rationale in understanding the world
THW ban abortion at all stages of pregnancy
THBT the present condition of humanity is preferable to its condition in 100 years time
THW ban all communication tech companies (such as Google, Apple, Facebook, Whatsapp, etc.) from encrypting their users data, including the content of their communications, in such a way that the company cannot retrieve that data even under a court order
THW ban all research into the creation of strong AI
TH prefers a world where human beings have no desire to have sex
TH regrets the reign of Qin Shi HuangQin Shi Huang was the first emperor of a unified china. He unified the country from a collection of warring states
TH, as Israel, would end compulsory military service
THBT people of the present generation do not have any duties with regards to unborn people of future generations
THBT schools should put students into classes according to their academic ability from the early stage of education
THW allow members of the armed forces to form labour unions
THR the glorification of woman's resilience in dealing with difficulties/ suffering