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 +*'''PRO: [[Argument: Occupy protesters have common message to right capitalism| Occupy protesters have common message to right capitalism]]''' [http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2011/10/occupy-protests "Cross continents." The Economist. Oct 17th 2011]:[[Image:Occupy Wall Street.jpg|right|180px]]"they do share a common demand: someone, somewhere, should do something to right the problems of global capitalism as currently constituted. One reason why these protests are so interesting is that their targets, those cheerleaders for globalisation, capitalism and free markets, tend to agree that the system needs fixing. This makes the 'occupy' protests, as they have come to be known in the English-speaking world, hard to argue against."
-*'''PRO: [[Argument: Random sobriety tests are a just public safety intervention| Random sobriety tests are a just public safety intervention]]''' Robert Solomon, a law professor at the University of Western Ontario and the director of legal policy for MADD Canada, argues that implementing random sobriety tests on roads would be a just impingement on Canadian's lives because of the death and injury toll drunk driving is inflicting there: “We have one of the worst records for impaired driving of any comparable democracies." In a paper he co-authored in 2010, he reported The totals for 2007 as being worse than seven years earlier: 210,000 impairment-related crashes, 1,239 deaths, 73,120 injuries. All of this, he argues, justifies the invasiveness of RBT; it protects people and saves lives.+*'''CON: Occupy protests lack common/coherent message.''' [http://www.studlife.com/forum/staff-editorials/2011/10/17/occupy-protests-need-to-focus-on-coherent-demands/ "Occupy protests need to focus on coherent demands." Student Life Staff Editorial. October 17th, 2011]: "The protests have been linked and compared to the tea party movement, due to their similar grassroots nature and extreme ideological stances. However, the tea party does have a centralized message, which the “Occupy” protests lack.[[Image:Occupy Protest 2.jpg|right|180px]] The tea party is about reducing taxes and cutting spending to make government smaller. Regardless of whether or not you agree with the tea party’s stances, it is possible to know what the entire group and all of its smaller subsidiaries are about. We believe the “Occupy” protests need to do the same thing. Define and convey their message correctly, and stick to reasonable demands that resonate with the rest of the American public. Most of the country has been seriously hurt by the financial crisis, and most of the American public wants to focus on creating a more equal and fair country. There is a lot of room for the “Occupy” protests to grow, but without a consistent message, most Americans will be turned off."
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-*'''CON: [[Argument: Random sobriety tests amount to unreasonable searches| Random sobriety tests amount to unreasonable searches]]''' [http://canadiancincinnatus.typepad.com/my_weblog/2009/10/random-breath-tests-for-dui-is-a-bad-idea.html "Random breath tests for DUI is a bad idea." Canadian Cincinnatus. October 7th, 2009]: "In a free society it should be the case that a citizen can move about at will without ever being hindered by the police. The job of the police officer, who used to be called a peace officer, is to keep the public peace. If the public peace has not been broken he should leave well enough alone, not go around making criminals out of people minding their own business. It is for that reason that the traditional requirement of ‘reasonable grounds” was put into place."+
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- +*'''[[Debate: Does Obama deserve a second term?| Does Obama deserve a second term?]]''' - October 10th, 2011.
 +*'''[[Debate: UN recognition of Palestinian statehood| UN recognition of Palestinian statehood]]''' - September 26th, 2011.
 +*'''[[Debate: American Jobs Act| American Jobs Act]]''' - September 17th, 2011.
 +*'''[[Debate: Keystone XL US-Canada oil pipeline| Keystone XL US-Canada oil pipeline]]''' - September 5th, 2011.
 +*'''[[Debate: Teacher-student friendships on Facebook| Teacher-student friendships on Facebook]]''' - September 2nd, 2011.
 +*'''[[Debate: Law school| Law school]]''' - August 29th, 2011.
 +*'''[[Debate: Balanced budget amendment to US Constitution| Balanced budget amendment]]''' - August 9th, 2011.
 +*'''[[Debate: US debt ceiling deal| US debt ceiling deal]]''' - August 5th, 2011.
 +*'''[[Debate: Obama executive order to raise the debt ceiling| Obama executive order to raise the debt ceiling]]''' - August 1st, 2011.
 +*'''[[Debate: Pornography| Pornography]]''' - July 27th, 2011.
 +*'''[[Debate: Legality of coca production and consumption| Legality of coca production and consumption]]''' - July 20th, 2011.
 +*'''[[Debate: Ban on sale of violent video games to minors| Ban on sale of violent video games to minors]]''' - July 8th, 2011.[[Image:Map of the world.jpg|right|240px]]
 +*'''[[Debate: Mandatory ultrasounds before abortions| Mandatory ultrasounds before abortions]]''' - June 30th, 2011.
 +*'''[[Debate: US intervention in Libya| US intervention in Libya]]''' - June 19th, 2011.
 +*'''[[Debate: Should colleges ban fraternities?|Should colleges ban fraternities?]]''' - June 15th, 2011.
 +*'''[[Debate: Random sobriety tests for drivers|Random sobriety tests for drivers]]''' - June 7th, 2011.
*'''[[Debate: Home plate collision rule in baseball| Home plate collision rule in baseball]]''' - June 1, 2011. *'''[[Debate: Home plate collision rule in baseball| Home plate collision rule in baseball]]''' - June 1, 2011.
*'''[[Debate: Child beauty pageants| Child beauty pageants]]''' - May 28th, 2011. *'''[[Debate: Child beauty pageants| Child beauty pageants]]''' - May 28th, 2011.
*'''[[Debate: Trans fat ban| Trans fat ban]]''' - May 19th, 2011. *'''[[Debate: Trans fat ban| Trans fat ban]]''' - May 19th, 2011.
*'''[[Debate: China "one child" policy| China "one child" policy]]''' - May 12th, 2011. *'''[[Debate: China "one child" policy| China "one child" policy]]''' - May 12th, 2011.
-*'''[[Debate: Release of Osama bin Laden death photos| Release of Osama bin Laden death photos]]''' - May 6th, 2011.[[Image:Map of the world.jpg|right|250px]]+*'''[[Debate: Release of Osama bin Laden death photos| Release of Osama bin Laden death photos]]''' - May 6th, 2011.
*'''[[Debate: Osama Bin Laden Sea Burial| Osama Bin Laden Sea Burial]]''' - May 3rd, 2011. *'''[[Debate: Osama Bin Laden Sea Burial| Osama Bin Laden Sea Burial]]''' - May 3rd, 2011.
-*'''[[Debate: Return of Israel to pre-1967 borders| Return of Israel to pre-1967 borders]]''' - April 30th, 2011. 
-*'''[[Debate: Term limits for legislators| Term limits for legislators]]''' - April 19th, 2011. 
-*'''[[Debate: Seattle deep-bore tunnel| Seattle deep-bore tunnel]]''' - April 13th, 2011.  
-*'''[[Debate: Should the US arm Libyan rebels?| Should the US arm Libyan rebels?]]''' - April 2nd, 2011.  
-*'''[[Debate: High-speed rail| High-speed rail]]''' - March 30th, 2011. 
-*'''[[Debate: Mandatory military service| Mandatory military service]]''' - March 26th, 2011. 
-*'''[[Debate: No-fly zone over Libya| No-fly zone over Libya]]''' - March 15th, 2011. 
-*'''[[Debate: Military recruiting in public schools| Military recruiting in public schools]]''' - March 11th, 2011. 
-*'''[[Debate: Bullfighting| Bullfighting]]''' - March 8th, 2011. 
-*'''[[Debate: Collective bargaining rights for public unions| Collective bargaining rights for public unions]]''' - March 4th, 2011. 
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-*'''[[Debate: Puerto Rico statehood in America| Puerto Rico statehood in America]]''' [http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/politics/jan-june11/puertorico2_06-14.html "Puerto Rico Gov. Fortuno on Obama Visit, Ongoing Statehood Debate." PBS.org. June 14th, 2011]+*'''[[Climate change and clean energy portal]]''' Probably one of Debatepedia's best resources, this portal is always timely.
-*'''[[Debate: Pre-selecting sex of children| Pre-selecting sex of children]]''' [http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/dahl20110517 "FDA Bans Gender Selection Procedure." Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. May 11th, 2011]+*'''[[Debate: Constitutionality of US health insurance mandates]]''' The Obama Administration and others are pushing for a final ruling from the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act's mandate that Americans [with some exceptions] buy private health insurance.[[Image:Newstand.jpg|right|200px]]
-*'''[[Debate: War on Drugs| War on Drugs]]''' The executive summary of the Global Commission on Drug Policy report announced in early June: “The global war on drugs has failed,” reigniting the debate on whether the "war" should be abandoned or dramatically changed.[http://homertribune.com/2011/06/drug-war-failing/] +*'''[[Debate: UN recognition of Palestinian statehood]]''' is front and center in international news, as the Palestinian Authority pursues a high-profile UN vote in favor of statehood. A majority of UN member states appear to support their push. Yet, the US has promised to veto the move in the Security Council in support of its ally Israel.
-*'''[[Debate: Abortion| Abortion]]''' The abortion debate has gained increasing attention in recent weeks as Republicans, empowered across the US after the 2010 election, push for stricter abortion laws: [http://iowaindependent.com/57176/house-amended-abortion-bill-passes-without-debate Meghan Malloy. "House-amended abortion bill passes without debate." The Iowa Independent. June 8th, 2011][[Image:Newstand.jpg|right|200px]] +*'''[[Debate: American Jobs Act]]''' US President Obama submitted the American Jobs Act to Congress at a critical time in the nation's economic history. Debatepedia looks at the bill and the arguments from its supporters and detractors.
-*'''[[Debate: Infant male circumcision| Infant male circumcision]]''' [http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/08/us/08circumcise.html?hpw Jennifer Medina. "In Santa Monica, Circumcision Opponent Abandons Efforts." New York Times. June 7, 2011]+
-*'''[[Debate: Return of Israel to pre-1967 borders| Return of Israel to pre-1967 borders]]''' US President Barack Obama said on May 19th that he was committed to the pre-1967 borders as a starting point for negotiations on the Palestinian-Israeli border, re-elevating the debate on the subject to center stage.[http://www.npr.org/2011/05/22/136552974/obama-stands-by-mideast-plans-in-front-of-aipac NPR article on subject.] +
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-*'''June 13th.''' Founder [[User:Brooks Lindsay|Brooks Lindsay]] created [[Debate: Dowries]], without arguments (open for editing).+*'''[[Debate: The New Deal| New Deal]] created historic public works and infrastructure.''' [http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/history_lesson/2011/10/new_deal_accomplishments_do_conservatives_who_attack_the_new_dea.html Michael Hiltzik. "What the new deal accomplished." Slate. Oct 13th, 2011]:[[Image:Person typing.gif|right|190px]] "The New Deal physically reshaped the country. To this day, Americans still rely on its works for transportation, electricity, flood control, housing, and community amenities. The output of one agency alone, the Works Progress Administration, represents a magnificent bequest to later generations. The WPA produced, among many other projects, 1,000 miles of new and rebuilt airport runways, 651,000 miles of highway, 124,000 bridges, 8,000 parks, and 18,000 playgrounds and athletic fields; some 84,000 miles of drainage pipes, 69,000 highway light standards, and 125,000 public buildings built, rebuilt, or expanded. Among the latter were 41,300 schools. The transformative power of this effort is inestimable."
-*'''June 6th.''' Ggowdy1972 created the following argument against [[Debate: Two-party system| two-party systems]]: "Two-party systems create false dichotomies. By framing debate in terms of only two-parties or points of view the two-party system gives the false impression that their are only two choices on any given issue. the reality is that issues facing any country are deeply complex with multiple view points. This is particularly harmful when political parties begin to enforce ideological purity and shout down party dissent. [http://www.idebate.org/debatabase/topic_details.php?topicID=231] +
-*'''June 3rd.''' A number of arguments were added to [[Debate: Safe injection sites for heroin addicts]] by Ikassamsha.+
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  • PRO: Occupy protesters have common message to right capitalism "Cross continents." The Economist. Oct 17th 2011:
    "they do share a common demand: someone, somewhere, should do something to right the problems of global capitalism as currently constituted. One reason why these protests are so interesting is that their targets, those cheerleaders for globalisation, capitalism and free markets, tend to agree that the system needs fixing. This makes the 'occupy' protests, as they have come to be known in the English-speaking world, hard to argue against."
  • CON: Occupy protests lack common/coherent message. "Occupy protests need to focus on coherent demands." Student Life Staff Editorial. October 17th, 2011: "The protests have been linked and compared to the tea party movement, due to their similar grassroots nature and extreme ideological stances. However, the tea party does have a centralized message, which the “Occupy” protests lack.
    The tea party is about reducing taxes and cutting spending to make government smaller. Regardless of whether or not you agree with the tea party’s stances, it is possible to know what the entire group and all of its smaller subsidiaries are about. We believe the “Occupy” protests need to do the same thing. Define and convey their message correctly, and stick to reasonable demands that resonate with the rest of the American public. Most of the country has been seriously hurt by the financial crisis, and most of the American public wants to focus on creating a more equal and fair country. There is a lot of room for the “Occupy” protests to grow, but without a consistent message, most Americans will be turned off."
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  • New Deal created historic public works and infrastructure. Michael Hiltzik. "What the new deal accomplished." Slate. Oct 13th, 2011:
    "The New Deal physically reshaped the country. To this day, Americans still rely on its works for transportation, electricity, flood control, housing, and community amenities. The output of one agency alone, the Works Progress Administration, represents a magnificent bequest to later generations. The WPA produced, among many other projects, 1,000 miles of new and rebuilt airport runways, 651,000 miles of highway, 124,000 bridges, 8,000 parks, and 18,000 playgrounds and athletic fields; some 84,000 miles of drainage pipes, 69,000 highway light standards, and 125,000 public buildings built, rebuilt, or expanded. Among the latter were 41,300 schools. The transformative power of this effort is inestimable."

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