On the Death Penalty

JustCallMeTarzan
JBlake

I contend that the death penalty is a just punishment for certain types of crimes. The reasoning for this is rooted in basic positive AND negative rights - namely the right to life, the right to defend oneself, and the right to redress of grievances for harm to oneself or one's companions. I don't think anyone contests the notion that there is a basic right to live. In order to exercise this right, we must have a right to defend that life, either by incapacitation or fatality. Furthermore, gr...

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On the Following Fair Taxation System(s).

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RoyLatham

The proposition on offer is that the following taxation system(s) are fair. The proposition is NOT that they should be adopted by the United States - I affirm. **************************** System 1 - Consumption Tax. The main component of this taxation system would be the abolishment of the income tax. Historically, when you want less of something (pollution, imports) you tax them at a high rate. Why tax one's legal work? Do we want less people to work? The government's revenue would...

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Given the Bible, God is Morally Repugnant and Undeserving of Praise (+).

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InquireTruth

I could have simply phrased this debate "God is Morally Repugnant and Undeserving of Praise" but then I remembered a debate I was just in where the person who accepted the debate gets to define God. This is not the case here - for purposes of this debate, we shall defer to the Judeo-Christian sense of God, and if it pleases my opponent, we may use the same version of a "mainstream" Bible - I would suggest the New American Bible, for it is the one I shall present my opening arguments from. Th...

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War memorials do more harm than good.

Danielle
JustCallMeTarzan

Greetings to my opponent and welcome to Round 2 -- Good luck! For the purpose of this debate, a war memorial will be defined as a building, monument, statue or other edifice to celebrate a war or victory, or (predominating in modern times) to commemorate those who died or were injured in war (Source: Wikipedia). If my opponent disagrees with the definition, I ask that he provide another relavent to the resolution as soon as possible. So without further ado (or is it adieu?), let's begin!...

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Free tuition for college students through government taxation should be supported.

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brittwaller

This is topic 27 from the Online Debate Tournament. I'm required to provide an argument for the Pro side, and Brittwaller is the Con side. College tuition is one of the most expensive expenditures any person or family faces. In fact, after possibly a house, it is the most expensive thing any person will "buy." There is already legislation in the tax code for deducting the expense of education from taxes. The 2007 US tax year allowed one to deduct up to $4000 as higher education expense. Howev...

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