US Universities Debating Championship 2012

USU 2012

THEY START EASY AND GET MORE DIFFICULT

1

THW legalize multi-partner marriages for both men and women.

2

THW ban private financing of election campaigns.

3

TH regrets the Arab Spring

4

THW abolish prison sentences for all non-violent crimes.

5

THBT 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.

6

THBT the West Should cease using attack drones in counter-insurgency operations.

ELIM MOTIONS ARE MORE DIFFICULT

Octas

THW lift all sanctions on Iran that target its nuclear program.

Quarters

TH regrets the declIne of labor unions.

Semis

THBT 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.

Finals

THBT coming cuts in USA military spending will make the world a better place.

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