The Instigator
harold
Pro (for)
Losing
0 Points
The Contender
beem0r
Con (against)
Winning
21 Points

Aid for Schistosomiasis

Do you like this debate?NoYes+0
Add this debate to Google Add this debate to Delicious Add this debate to FaceBook Add this debate to Digg  
Vote Here
Pro Tied Con
Who did you agree with before the debate?
Who did you agree with after the debate?
Who had better conduct?
Who had better spelling and grammar?
Who made more convincing arguments?
Who used the most reliable sources?
Reasons for your voting decision
1,000 Characters Remaining
The voting period for this debate does not end.
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 2/4/2008 Category: Health
Updated: 9 years ago Status: Voting Period
Viewed: 1,065 times Debate No: 2409
Debate Rounds (3)
Comments (2)
Votes (7)

 

harold

Pro

Schistosomiasis is a parasitic disease caused by several species of flatworm. The acute form of schistosomiasis is sometimes known as snail fever and cutaneous schistosomiasis is sometimes commonly called swimmer's itch. The disease affects many people in developing countries, and in certain African communities and east Asia, the process of overcoming schistosomiasis is an important rite of passage.

We need to give aid to Schistosomiasis victims to improve Africa.
beem0r

Con

This is perhaps going to sound heartless, but it is simply an argument.

People in Africa should not be given aid for schistosomiasis. Why? They have done nothing to deserve it. This is a world where we find ways to satisfy our own needs: if I'm hungry, I buy some food; if I'm in need of a place to live, I rent an apartment, buy a home, or help out a friend in exchange for being able to crash at his house for a while; if I'm bored, I buy a videogame or something else with which to entertain myself, and/or find friends who wish to have some mutual enjoyment together; if I'm sick, I buy medicine and medical attention.

The point? No one need be 'given' aid for anything. If they want aid, they should trade for it. It's ridiculous to simply give it to them. If we're going to give away free medication and medical care to Africa, we should first have free medication and medical care here. Perhaps if medication was, as the saying goes, "growing on trees," it would be viable. However, that is not the case.

Also, as my opponent said, "The process of overcoming schistosomiasis is an important rite of passage." Giving them aid would be like letting them cheat on this oh-so-important rite of passage.

Truthfully,
Con
Debate Round No. 1
harold

Pro

harold forfeited this round.
beem0r

Con

My opponent asserts that we should give free aid to Africans suffering from Schistosomiasis.
He does not give a valid line of reasoning to support this, other than the vague notion that "it's the right thing to do."

If Africans should get free aid for their medical problems, I should get free aid for mine. And I don't.

Also, my opponent failed to respond, so I have no more to say. Hopefully my opponent will make a showing for round 3.
Debate Round No. 2
harold

Pro

harold forfeited this round.
beem0r

Con

This comment, in its entirety, reaches the precisely enforced minimum character limit of one hundred
Debate Round No. 3
2 comments have been posted on this debate. Showing 1 through 2 records.
Posted by bobsatthepub 9 years ago
bobsatthepub
beem0r is winning by default.
it's just "they should trade for it" that makes me think.
Posted by jacobgunter 9 years ago
jacobgunter
Way to pull the capitalist/malthusian argument. heartless, but realistic.
7 votes have been placed for this debate. Showing 1 through 7 records.
Vote Placed by Logical-Master 8 years ago
Logical-Master
haroldbeem0rTied
Agreed with before the debate:--Vote Checkmark0 points
Agreed with after the debate:--Vote Checkmark0 points
Who had better conduct:--Vote Checkmark1 point
Had better spelling and grammar:--Vote Checkmark1 point
Made more convincing arguments:-Vote Checkmark-3 points
Used the most reliable sources:--Vote Checkmark2 points
Total points awarded:03 
Vote Placed by JUDGE 9 years ago
JUDGE
haroldbeem0rTied
Agreed with before the debate:--Vote Checkmark0 points
Agreed with after the debate:--Vote Checkmark0 points
Who had better conduct:--Vote Checkmark1 point
Had better spelling and grammar:--Vote Checkmark1 point
Made more convincing arguments:-Vote Checkmark-3 points
Used the most reliable sources:--Vote Checkmark2 points
Total points awarded:03 
Vote Placed by THEmanlyDEBATER3 9 years ago
THEmanlyDEBATER3
haroldbeem0rTied
Agreed with before the debate:--Vote Checkmark0 points
Agreed with after the debate:--Vote Checkmark0 points
Who had better conduct:--Vote Checkmark1 point
Had better spelling and grammar:--Vote Checkmark1 point
Made more convincing arguments:-Vote Checkmark-3 points
Used the most reliable sources:--Vote Checkmark2 points
Total points awarded:03 
Vote Placed by Sanchez 9 years ago
Sanchez
haroldbeem0rTied
Agreed with before the debate:--Vote Checkmark0 points
Agreed with after the debate:--Vote Checkmark0 points
Who had better conduct:--Vote Checkmark1 point
Had better spelling and grammar:--Vote Checkmark1 point
Made more convincing arguments:-Vote Checkmark-3 points
Used the most reliable sources:--Vote Checkmark2 points
Total points awarded:03 
Vote Placed by Grandma 9 years ago
Grandma
haroldbeem0rTied
Agreed with before the debate:--Vote Checkmark0 points
Agreed with after the debate:--Vote Checkmark0 points
Who had better conduct:--Vote Checkmark1 point
Had better spelling and grammar:--Vote Checkmark1 point
Made more convincing arguments:-Vote Checkmark-3 points
Used the most reliable sources:--Vote Checkmark2 points
Total points awarded:03 
Vote Placed by ComradeJon1 9 years ago
ComradeJon1
haroldbeem0rTied
Agreed with before the debate:--Vote Checkmark0 points
Agreed with after the debate:--Vote Checkmark0 points
Who had better conduct:--Vote Checkmark1 point
Had better spelling and grammar:--Vote Checkmark1 point
Made more convincing arguments:-Vote Checkmark-3 points
Used the most reliable sources:--Vote Checkmark2 points
Total points awarded:03 
Vote Placed by beem0r 9 years ago
beem0r
haroldbeem0rTied
Agreed with before the debate:--Vote Checkmark0 points
Agreed with after the debate:--Vote Checkmark0 points
Who had better conduct:--Vote Checkmark1 point
Had better spelling and grammar:--Vote Checkmark1 point
Made more convincing arguments:-Vote Checkmark-3 points
Used the most reliable sources:--Vote Checkmark2 points
Total points awarded:03