Other tournament motions

The Heriot-Watt Open tournament was held on 24th of March in Scotland. Check out the motions that were debated:

Round 1: This house would allow corporations to pay higher salaries to employees who agree not to have children
Round 2: "Info slide for Round 2: The congressional black caucus is a voting block within the US congress, claiming to represent a black voice. / Any black congressman may join, but some Republicans do not; it is dominated by Democrats / It has repeatedly rejected membership applications from non-black congressmen" Motion: This house believes that the congressional black caucus should admit non-black members
Round 3: This house would establish as a norm of international law that reparations should not be paid after wars
Round 4: This house would replace income tax with a tax on wealth
Final: This house believes that the Scottish Government should allow England to vote in the referendum on Scottish Independence

The Vienna IV 2012 in Austria was held on the weekend ob the 9th and 11th March 2012. Here are the motions:

R1: THW introduce mandatory trips to Nazi concentration camps for Austrian elementary school students.

R2: This House supports the use of charity rather than state welfare systems.
R3: This House believes that Russia was justified in vetoing intervention in Syria.
R4: This House believes that Facebook is justified to censor any of its users' content for any reason it sees fit.
R5: This House supports the appointment of technocratic governments in Eurozone countries suffering fiscal crisis.
R6: THB the Israeli Army should adopt a policy of shooting to kill their own comrades where they are likely to be captured.
Semi: THBT EU countries should promote Christianity and not other religions.
Final: Given the ability to carry a full term pregnancy in an incubator. THBT humankind should seek to abolish natural pregnancy.

Round 1: This house would not imprison those convicted of non-violent crimes
Round 2: This house would make development aid conditional upon the improvement of women’s rights.
Round 3: This house would lift the ban on Communist symbols in all post-communist EU member states
Round 4: This house would only provide state pension to those mentally or physically unable to work.
Semi: This house would ban medicine designed to erase human memories
Final: This house belives that violent activities to achieve anti-capitalist aims in Western societies are justified

Round 1: This house belives that India should remove its ban on 'The Satanic Verses'
Round 2: This house would invest in big casinos to rejuvenate economically disadvantaged areas
Round 3: This house belives the Greek Government should reject the latest EU, ECB & IMF bailout agreement
Round 4: This house belives the Gay Rights Movement should oppose Gay Pride Parades in Western Liberal Democracies
Round 5: This house belives that the states of former Yugoslavia should create a unified football league
Open QF: This house belives that Vladmir Putin should make a credible public offer to the United States for joint decommissioning of their entire nuclear arsenal
ESL SF: This house belives that the Media should not show images of police brutality
Open SF: This house belives that film stars, music stars & other popular entertainers should be prohibited from participating in political campaigns
ESL Final: This house would grant automatic asylum to women from countries under sharia law
Open Final: This house belives that Western European countries should teach an overwhelmingly negative version of their imperial histories

Round 1: This house believes that the Gay Rights Movement Should Campaign For The Abolition of Marriage, Rather Than Marriage Equality
Round 2: This house believes that the UK Should Leave The EU
Round 3: Info Slide: Scientific research has found evidence that a particular race has an increased genetic risk of developing psychiatric disorders. This house believes that Journals Should Not Publish The Research
Round 4: This house believes that The Image Of Female Sexuality Depicted By Female RnB Artists In Songs Like, But Not Limited To, Rihanna's Rude Boy Are Empowering.
Final: This house believes that It Is Immoral To Vote Republican

Motions from the great london school of economics tournament, held on February 17th and 18th 2012:

Round 1: This house would legalise all forms of assisted suicide for mentally sound people
Round 2: This house regrets the strong social norms in favour of lifelong monogamy
Round 3: This house believes that western countries should invest primarily in air power rather than ground troops for future military interventions
Round 4: This house believes that the education system should promote equality of outcomes over equality of opportunities
Round 5: This house welcomes the advent of extreme genetic enhancements for human beings
Quarter: info slide: behavioural economics, rival changes in the way choices are presented changes behaviour This house believes that the state should systematically use subconscious manipulation to nudge citizens towards good choices
Semi: This house believes that Western foreign policy should seek to prevent China's acquisition of Africa's natural land and resources
ESL Final: This house believes that national governments should aim to depopulate rather than regenerate areas with few viable economic activities
Final: This house regrets the decline of Marxism in liberal Western democracies

I've been running this website for years and from time to time I need to thank people that make this possible. Gathering motions from different tournaments that I don't attend can not happen without other debate websites, that publish all the motions. Because I could not do it without them, I would like to thank:


Of course those are not all of them, I've gathered motions from all around the web, but those are the websites that I usually check for motions. Go and check them out. 

And thank you all!

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Round 1: This house believes that inheritance should be taxed at 100%.
Round 2: This house would allow individuals to sell their vote on the market.
Round 3: This house believes that a technocratic state, not a democratic state, produces the best society.
Round 4: This house believes that in a situation where the UK is able to intervene in order to prevent human rights abuses in only some of multiple cases its soldiers should vote to decide which.
Final: This house would not participate in an industry that profits the mental problems of celebrities.

The motions from  the tournament Cardiff IV in 2012, that was held on February 11th 2012:

Round 1: This house would create a separate league for athletes who choose to take performance enhancing substances.
Round 2: This house would require all video games that ostensibly depict realistic combat to adhere to the rules of war
Round 3: This house would abolish the concept of limited liability
Round 4: This house would create a separate state where all women and only women can claim citizenship
Final: Context: You are a young man in Galilee about 2000 years ago. You are charismatic and clever. You have the ability to gain a devoted following. People believe you are the son of God and are able to perform a number of miracles, like food-multiplication and healing. Motion: This house would use the influences gained from these abilities and beliefs to propagate socialist values that are justified through faith.

Galway Open is a great tournament held in Ireland. In 2012 it was held on February 11th and 12th.

Round 1: THB It is Illegitimate for the State to Attempt to Instill Morals or Values in Children in Schools
Round 2: THW Prosecute Barack Obama for War Crimes
Round 3: TH Regrets the Existence of Valentine's Day
Round 4: from the view of Iran: THW Build a Nuclear Weapon
Round 5: THB the State Should Impose a Maximum Income of €50000, inc benefits, commissions, bonuses, etc.
Semi: THW ban all technology in the pursuit of the genetic enhancement of humanity
Final: in the context of The Matrix: THW take the Blue Pill

Round 1: This house would punish sports teams for the criminal and violent behaviour of their fans.
Round 2: This house would ban foreign citizens from adopting Armenian children.
Round 3: This house would add a right to internet access to the Armenian constitution.
Round 4: This house believes that the Armenian media does not adequately represent the views and concerns of Armenian society.
Final: This house believes that journalism is more effective than political protest in holding governments responsible for their actions.


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