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Hungkeng
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etherealvoyager
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America is better than Britain

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etherealvoyager
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 2/23/2014 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Hungkeng

Pro

Now day, America is the number 1 country in the world. With the most advanced of technology and the freedom given to people, America is known as the best country in the world. Britain is not even a competitor to America. Educations in America clearly prove that America is better. According to the history, America took the language from the Britain. However, America had developed the language to be better in many ways.
etherealvoyager

Con

I accept. In this instance, 'better' shall be defined as: "more desirable, satisfactory, or effective:." In the context of determining whether America is better than Britain, a number of factors should be taken into consideration, including healthcare, education, economy, technology, and crime.
Debate Round No. 1
Hungkeng

Pro

Hungkeng forfeited this round.
etherealvoyager

Con

My opponent has not fulfilled his burden of proof. The resolution has not been affirmed.
Debate Round No. 2
Hungkeng

Pro

Hungkeng forfeited this round.
etherealvoyager

Con

A Brief Critique of My Opponent's Arguments

My opponent claims America has the most advanced technology. This is not true. First, according to the Global Innovation index, Switzerland is the most innovative, followed by Sweden. The United Kingdom is a full two places ahead of the U.S, coming third. When we look at download speeds by country, we find that the United States is ranked 32nd, with an average speed of 21.41 mbps. The United Kingdom on the other hand, is 28th, with an average speed of 23.42 mbps.

My opponent then claims that America is the most free country in the world. Both socially and economically, this is not true. In social liberty, New Zealand comes first, whilst America is 20th. The United Kingdom is 16th. In terms of economic freedom, the United States comes 12th. Granted, the United Kingdom comes 14th, but this completely refutes my opponent's assertion that America is the most free country in the world. [4]

My opponent also claims that education in America proves that America is better. Whilst this may be true for tertiary education, for secondary education this is completely untrue. The PISA rankings demonstrate this. For reading, the United States came 36th in the world, as compared to the United Kingdom, which came 26th. For Maths, the United States came 28th, in contrast to the United Kingdom (20th). Finally, for science, the United States came 24th, and was slightly pipped by the United Kingdom, which came 23rd. [5]

My opponent claims that America developed English to be better in many ways. He never specifies how this is so. This is a bare-assertion fallacy. Whether American English is better than British English is completely subjective.

In conclusion, my opponent has not even demonstrated that America is better than the United Kingdom. He claims that America is the best country in the world, but his reasoning for this is poor. He has not affirmed the resolution. Vote Con.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org...(Cornell_University,_INSEAD_and_WIPO)#Rankings
[2] http://www.netindex.com...;
[3] http://patrickrhamey.com...;
[4] http://www.heritage.org...;
[5] http://en.wikipedia.org...;
Debate Round No. 3
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro made few arguments, and Con comprehensively refuted when necessary. Sources to Con; the sources really helped make the arguments. Conduct to Con for obvious reasons.