2017-2018

ROUND 1: Value Topic Area: Civil Rights

  1. Police departments should prioritize avoidance of use of deadly force over apprehension.
  2. Inaction in the face of injustice makes individuals morally culpable.
  3. When in conflict, the preservation of minority cultural values ought to be valued above the preservation of a unified national culture.
  4. The Supreme Court of the United States of America ought to rule Gerrymandering illegal.
  5. The militarization of police forces is unjust.
  6. In a democratic society, felons ought to retain the right to vote.
  7. The United States Federal Government ought to ratify the equal rights amendment.
  8. The right to a fair trial ought to be prioritized over the right to a free press.
  9. A just government ought not recognize any right to bear arms.

ROUND 2: Fact Topic Area: Higher Education

  1. The University of California system has failed to adequately serve Californians.
  2. In the United States, majoring in a STEM-related field is over-emphasized.
  3. Uniformity in education leads to mediocrity.
  4. The costs of a contemporary higher education outweigh the benefits.
  5. Allowing free tuition for community college would cause more harm than good.
  6. Limits on student loans for college tuition would be beneficial for prospective students.
  7. Vocational colleges are effective at preparing students for sustainable jobs.
  8. A liberal arts education adequately prepares students for the modern world.

ROUND 3: Policy Topic Area: Science and Tech

  1. The United States Federal Government should enact mandatory privacy protection policies for all social media companies.
  2. Facebook should improve technology to combat fake news sites.
  3. The United States Federal Government should fully privatize NASA.
  4. The United States Federal Government should restrict the amount of data companies are allowed to collect from consumers.
  5. The United States Federal Government should lead an effort to clean up space junk.
  6. The United States Federal Government should significantly increase investment in green technology.
  7. The United States Federal Government should significantly increase investment to NASA for the colonization of Mars.
  8. The United States Federal Government should increase its support of commercial space exploration.

ROUND 4: Value Topic Area: Poverty

  1. A right to sleep in public ought to be valued above the protections of trespass or nuisance law.
  2. The United States ought to prioritize the implementation of a universal basic income over other poverty reduction programs.
  3. A just Government ought to provide a Universal Basic Income to its citizens.
  4. Limiting economic inequality ought to be a more important social goal than maximizing economic freedom.
  5. Corporations who do not pay their workers a living wage are unjust.
  6. Universal access to affordable healthcare should be prioritized over the increase of other social welfare programs.
  7. Building affordable housing ought to be prioritized over other forms of development.
  8. When the two are in conflict, countries ought to prioritize reducing national economic inequality over reducing global poverty.

ROUND 5: Fact Topic Area: Natural Resources

  1. Prioritizing clean energy over fossil fuels does more harm than good.
  2. In the US, ethanol subsidies do more harm than good.
  3. A government’s obligation to protect the environment supersedes its obligation to promote economic development.
  4. Free access to clean water is a human right.
  5. Rare earth mineral extraction is the most important goal of space exploration.
  6. The benefits of mineral extraction outweigh the harms.
  7. The benefits of fracking outweigh the harms.
  8. Natural resources exploitation is necessary for poverty reduction in less developed countries.
  9. Solar energy has not lived up to its hype.
  10. Expanded U.S. offshore oil drilling is critical to America’s energy future

ROUND 6: Policy Topic Area: International Trade

  1. The United States Federal Government should impose selective tariffs to deter outsourcing of American jobs.
  2. The United States Federal Government should withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement.
  3. The United States Federal Government should repeal the Jones Act.
  4. The United States Federal Government should stop exporting weapons of mass destruction.
  5. The United States Federal Government should eliminate tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum.
  6. The World Trade Organization should prohibit agricultural trade that compromises animal welfare.
  7. The United States Federal Government should increase the use of tariffs to promote fair trade.
  8. The United Kingdom should rescind its decision to exit the European Union.

ROUND 7: Value Topic Area: Immigration

  1. US immigration policy ought to prioritize the admission of asylum seekers over high tech workers.
  2. The United States Federal Government ought to value skill based immigration over family based immigration.
  3. That the United States Federal Government has a moral obligation to afford the same constitutional rights to all people on United States’ soil.
  4. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's authority ought to be significantly curtailed.
  5. The United States Federal Government ought not intervene in sanctuary cities.
  6. The United States Federal Government ought to shut down the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
  7. Immigration reform ought to include a path to citizenship for undocumented people currently living in the United States.
  8. Immigration bans based upon nationality are unjust.
  9. It is unjust to deny permanent residents of the United States the federal right to vote.
  10. Immigration ought to be a human right.

ROUND 8: Fact Topic Area: The US Economy

  1. Free trade does more harm than good.
  2. Crypto-currency regulations do more harm than good.
  3. The United States should prioritize tax increases over spending cuts.
  4. In the United States, tax cuts cause more harm than good.
  5. Job creation should be the biggest priority of the US economy.
  6. The penny will no longer be necessary within the next decade.
  7. The rise of the sharing economy has strengthened the US economy.
  8. Automation is beneficial to the US economy.

ROUND 9: Policy Topic Area: California Infrastructure

  1. The California state legislature should end its high speed rail project.
  2. The California legislature should make community colleges tuition-free.
  3. The California State Government should increase its investment in desalination of agricultural water.
  4. The California State Government should substantially increasing funding to its transportation infrastructure.
  5. The Department of Homeland Security should substantially increase security at California ports.
  6. California should eliminate the gas tax.
  7. The California state government should privatize the highway system.
  8. The California Department of Transportation should double the miles of freeway in every county by 2050.
  9. The California state legislature should decrease local government control over the development of mass transit projects.
  10. California cities should provide free wireless access to the internet.
  11. The California legislature should significantly increase vehicle licensing fees and/or the state gas tax in order to accelerate completion of the California High Speed Rail system.