ROUND 1: Value Topic Area: Civil Rights
- Police departments should prioritize avoidance of use of deadly force over apprehension.
- Inaction in the face of injustice makes individuals morally culpable.
- When in conflict, the preservation of minority cultural values ought to be valued above the preservation of a unified national culture.
- The Supreme Court of the United States of America ought to rule Gerrymandering illegal.
- The militarization of police forces is unjust.
- In a democratic society, felons ought to retain the right to vote.
- The United States Federal Government ought to ratify the equal rights amendment.
- The right to a fair trial ought to be prioritized over the right to a free press.
- A just government ought not recognize any right to bear arms.
ROUND 2: Fact Topic Area: Higher Education
- The University of California system has failed to adequately serve Californians.
- In the United States, majoring in a STEM-related field is over-emphasized.
- Uniformity in education leads to mediocrity.
- The costs of a contemporary higher education outweigh the benefits.
- Allowing free tuition for community college would cause more harm than good.
- Limits on student loans for college tuition would be beneficial for prospective students.
- Vocational colleges are effective at preparing students for sustainable jobs.
- A liberal arts education adequately prepares students for the modern world.
ROUND 3: Policy Topic Area: Science and Tech
- The United States Federal Government should enact mandatory privacy protection policies for all social media companies.
- Facebook should improve technology to combat fake news sites.
- The United States Federal Government should fully privatize NASA.
- The United States Federal Government should restrict the amount of data companies are allowed to collect from consumers.
- The United States Federal Government should lead an effort to clean up space junk.
- The United States Federal Government should significantly increase investment in green technology.
- The United States Federal Government should significantly increase investment to NASA for the colonization of Mars.
- The United States Federal Government should increase its support of commercial space exploration.
ROUND 4: Value Topic Area: Poverty
- A right to sleep in public ought to be valued above the protections of trespass or nuisance law.
- The United States ought to prioritize the implementation of a universal basic income over other poverty reduction programs.
- A just Government ought to provide a Universal Basic Income to its citizens.
- Limiting economic inequality ought to be a more important social goal than maximizing economic freedom.
- Corporations who do not pay their workers a living wage are unjust.
- Universal access to affordable healthcare should be prioritized over the increase of other social welfare programs.
- Building affordable housing ought to be prioritized over other forms of development.
- 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
- Prioritizing clean energy over fossil fuels does more harm than good.
- In the US, ethanol subsidies do more harm than good.
- A government’s obligation to protect the environment supersedes its obligation to promote economic development.
- Free access to clean water is a human right.
- Rare earth mineral extraction is the most important goal of space exploration.
- The benefits of mineral extraction outweigh the harms.
- The benefits of fracking outweigh the harms.
- Natural resources exploitation is necessary for poverty reduction in less developed countries.
- Solar energy has not lived up to its hype.
- Expanded U.S. offshore oil drilling is critical to America’s energy future
ROUND 6: Policy Topic Area: International Trade
- The United States Federal Government should impose selective tariffs to deter outsourcing of American jobs.
- The United States Federal Government should withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement.
- The United States Federal Government should repeal the Jones Act.
- The United States Federal Government should stop exporting weapons of mass destruction.
- The United States Federal Government should eliminate tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum.
- The World Trade Organization should prohibit agricultural trade that compromises animal welfare.
- The United States Federal Government should increase the use of tariffs to promote fair trade.
- The United Kingdom should rescind its decision to exit the European Union.
ROUND 7: Value Topic Area: Immigration
- US immigration policy ought to prioritize the admission of asylum seekers over high tech workers.
- The United States Federal Government ought to value skill based immigration over family based immigration.
- That the United States Federal Government has a moral obligation to afford the same constitutional rights to all people on United States’ soil.
- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's authority ought to be significantly curtailed.
- The United States Federal Government ought not intervene in sanctuary cities.
- The United States Federal Government ought to shut down the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
- Immigration reform ought to include a path to citizenship for undocumented people currently living in the United States.
- Immigration bans based upon nationality are unjust.
- It is unjust to deny permanent residents of the United States the federal right to vote.
- Immigration ought to be a human right.
ROUND 8: Fact Topic Area: The US Economy
- Free trade does more harm than good.
- Crypto-currency regulations do more harm than good.
- The United States should prioritize tax increases over spending cuts.
- In the United States, tax cuts cause more harm than good.
- Job creation should be the biggest priority of the US economy.
- The penny will no longer be necessary within the next decade.
- The rise of the sharing economy has strengthened the US economy.
- Automation is beneficial to the US economy.
ROUND 9: Policy Topic Area: California Infrastructure
- The California state legislature should end its high speed rail project.
- The California legislature should make community colleges tuition-free.
- The California State Government should increase its investment in desalination of agricultural water.
- The California State Government should substantially increasing funding to its transportation infrastructure.
- The Department of Homeland Security should substantially increase security at California ports.
- California should eliminate the gas tax.
- The California state government should privatize the highway system.
- The California Department of Transportation should double the miles of freeway in every county by 2050.
- The California state legislature should decrease local government control over the development of mass transit projects.
- California cities should provide free wireless access to the internet.
- 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.