Category Archives: Lincoln-Douglas

Firepit for a Friend: “Globalized” U.S. and China

Policy debaters have a U.S./China policy resolution and Texas UIL has a Spring Lincoln-Douglas topic: RESOLVED: In matters of international trade, globalization ought to be valued above protectionism.  Last week I purchased a fire pit for a friend. It was $125 … Continue reading

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Rights to Housing Come With Strings Attached

Lincoln-Douglas debaters already have a right to housing along with the benefits and constraints. Free housing comes with strings attached. He (or she) who “pays the piper calls the tune.” When we turn the music up too loud, parents, siblings or both complain. In … Continue reading

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Messy Federalism, Housing Rights, & Free Housing in Finland

Federalism is a messy political system. Every state has its own housing policy, as does every city and county. Plus the federal government runs federal housing policies, enforces federal regulations, and offers state and private housing providers various housing subsidies. For students … Continue reading

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Affordable and Diverse Housing in Houston

Kevin Williamson, in “A Misunderstood ‘Diversity’” (National Review, March 7, 2017) quotes David Brooks from a New York Times oped: For the life of me, I can’t figure out why so many Republicans prefer a dying white America to a place … Continue reading

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A Right to Housing that Governments Should Protect?

For the March/April 2017 Lincoln-Douglas Debate:  “Resolved: The United States ought to guarantee the right to housing,” students enter the value side of a century old debate on policies to provide access to safe and affordable housing. Students searching for “a right to … Continue reading

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Free Speech on College Campuses? [Jan-Feb. LD topic]

The NSDA Lincoln-Douglas Debate topic for 2017 Jan/Feb is: Resolved: Public colleges and universities in the United States ought not restrict any constitutionally protected speech. “Public” (government-owned) college and universities receive state and federal funding (most private universities also receive significant … Continue reading

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Limit Immunity for Police? Or Protecting Rogue Officers?

The Nov/Dec, 2016 Lincoln-Douglas Debate topic is controversial: “Resolved: The United States ought to limit qualified immunity for police officers.” Lincoln-Douglas debaters should read widely on the police/citizen clashes over the last year, and consider values including, of course, justice and safety. Police working … Continue reading

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