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TheLibertarianIsBack
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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 9/4/2008 Category: Society
Updated: 9 years ago Status: Voting Period
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gahbage

Pro

Contender R1: Propose at least 3 resolutions of varying subjects, and pick "PRO" or "CON" for each one.

Instigator R2: Choose a resolution to debate.

Contender R2: Choose first or second. If the contender goes first, he/she cannot post an argument in the final round. If the contender goes second, the debate will proceed as normal.

Rounds 3-5: Debate!
TheLibertarianIsBack

Con

Hate crime enhancements are unjust in America: Pro

John McCain made a very poor choice in choosing Sarah Palin as his running mate: Pro (For this one, I will pick another suitable candidate who he could have chosen)

Net Neutrality should be made into law and enforced: Pro

Your choice. Whatever the topic is, this should be a good debate. Good luck.
Debate Round No. 1
gahbage

Pro

I pick resolution 2, "Net Neutrality should be made into law and enforced". You are PRO, I am CON. If you would like to go first, go ahead; if not, I will next round.
TheLibertarianIsBack

Con

My opponent will be going first, so just for this argument, I will outline the basics of what net neutrality is for my opponent and the audience:
"Net Neutrality": A neutral broadband network is one that is free of restrictions on the kinds of equipment that may be attached, on the modes of communication allowed, which does not restrict content, sites or platforms, and where communication is not unreasonably degraded by other communication streams (wikipedia/google)
Basically, with net neutrality, a company cannot charge extra for access to certain parts parts of the internet, and they can't intentionally slow down the access to the net, only to charge more for the freer speed. However, this net neutrality only causes more government restrictions on the system, and may lower competition and capitalism, the basis for our national economy. My opponent will be going first, good luck.
Debate Round No. 2
gahbage

Pro

I think for my opponent for accepting this debate. Straight into contentions:

1) Net neutrality would go against the idea of a free market.

Obviously in our capitalist society, we are free to form whatever companies we wish and attempt to market our idea to the general public. The same would go for ISP's; why limit the serviceability of a company? Net neutrality essentially neutralizes every ISP, making all companies provide the same network, and eliminating competition and the idea of capitalism.

2) No ISP can force everyone to have a slow network, so "net 'inequality'" is not a problem.

Because we are a capitalist economy, a company is allowed to try whatever marketing ideas they wish. Since there is more than one ISP, the consumers are free to choose the one that pleases them. If an ISP slows down that consumer's internet to make them pay for speed, then that person will simply switch providers.

That's all for now: I negate that "Net neutrality should be made into law and enforced", because it goes against the idea of capitalism and is unnecessary.
TheLibertarianIsBack

Con

TheLibertarianIsBack forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
gahbage

Pro

Extend all my arguments...
TheLibertarianIsBack

Con

TheLibertarianIsBack forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
gahbage

Pro

Well, it could have been an interesting debate, but my opponent failed to participate.
TheLibertarianIsBack

Con

TheLibertarianIsBack forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by s0m31john 9 years ago
s0m31john
Libertarianism and Barack Obama DO NOT GO TOGETHER.
Posted by gahbage 9 years ago
gahbage
Well if you're not going first, at least don't forfeit, because that makes the debate go further down on the front page.
Posted by TheLibertarianIsBack 9 years ago
TheLibertarianIsBack
yes, I would be. I don't really care who goes first, but you can if you want
Posted by gahbage 9 years ago
gahbage
So you're in favor of net neutrality (in favor of laws that would keep providers from slowing down the internet)?
Posted by TheLibertarianIsBack 9 years ago
TheLibertarianIsBack
Net Neutrality is sort of a complicated issue, if you don't want to debate it that would be totally fine. What it says is that it makes sure that no Internet Provider (IP) can intentionally slow down the connection of a certain site. They would do this to hurt a competitor, or to force people to pay for regular internet speed.
http://en.wikipedia.org...
Posted by gahbage 9 years ago
gahbage
What is "Net Neutrality"?
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