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USU Open 2012

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The motions from the USU Open, held on April 13-16 2012.

Round 1: This house would legalize multi-partner marriages for both men and women.
Round 2: This house would ban private financing of election campaigns.
Round 3: This house regrets the Arab Spring
Round 4: This house would abolish prison sentences for all non-violent crimes.
Round 5: This house believes that the creation of the Eurozone has done more harm than good. INFO SLIDE: The Eurozone is a currency union consisting of EU member states who have adopted the Euro as their common currency. Its monetary policy is administered by the European Central Bank.
Round 6: This house believes that the West Should cease using attack drones in counter-insurgency operations.

Octo: This house would lift all sanctions on Iran that target its nuclear program.
Quarter: This house regrets the decline of labor unions.
Semi: This house believes that governments should systematically use subconscious manipulation to nudge citizens towards socially desirable choices. INFOSLIDE: There is growing evidence from behavioral economics that seemingly trivial alterations in the way decisions are presented can substantially affect choices.  For instance, printing smiley faces on the electricity bills of low-usage households decreases their future electricity consumption.  As another example, consumers presented with a list of financial choices are more likely to choose items placed near the middle of the list.

Final: This house believes that coming cuts in USA military spending will make the world a better place.

Moscow Open 2011

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Here are the motions from the Moscow Open 2011 tournament, held on November 26th and 27th in Moscow, Russia.

Round 1: This house would ban the smacking of children
Round 2: This house believes that one party’s maximum share in the parliament should be limited to 50% + 1 place
Round 3: This house believes that eurozone countries that are in danger of default should be forced to give up control over taxation and budget spending in addition to receiving a bail-out.
Round 4: This house believes that legislators should not take the will of the people into consideration, when the reason behind it is religious
Round 5: This house believes that countries should use political leverage to influence judicial proceedings involving their citizens in other countries.
Semi-final: This house believes that Russia along with the EU & US should implement a complete trade ban with Iran
Final: This house believes that society would be better if the primary duty of companies were to their workers and not to their shareholders