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Resolved: Universities in the US ought not restrict any constitutionally protected speech

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Started: 12/3/2016 Category: Politics
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Debating Period
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I am a student participating in Lincoln-Douglas debate and would like to bring my resolution here in order to better my case. I'd like to structure this like a common LD debate in which morality is of the utmost value and more important than other factors such has practicality or efficiency. To write an LD cases values, definitions, value criterion, and moral frameworks are used. If you need clarification for the format of this debate I'd be happy to respond in the comments. Remember, this is just for fun to help me make my case better for competition.

1. Round one will be for acceptance
2. CON - address values and case PRO - address values, case and rebuttals
3. CON - Review case, rebuttals and values PRO - Case, rebuttals and values
4. Both - Summary


I don't see your argument, but it seems Universities should be in the business of teaching, not restricting anything. In addition, there's two different types of schools: public and private:
1. Public schools take public money so they have no right to restrict anything given that they are supported by and must represent the society as a whole.
2. Private schools are supported by private donors, so they should represent those interest groups. However, by restricting constitutionally protected speech, they wold discriminate against some groups which would restrict their appeal. The argument against these schools is not as strong. If catholic schools want to restrict anti-abortion speech on their campuses, they should be free to do so. Still, to broaden their appeal, they should exercise this right sparingly.
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Posted by warren42 2 years ago
Ah yes, the NSDA and their stupid wording of topics strikes again. I should have known.
Posted by rzentmayer 2 years ago
I posted the resolution as it's written for National Speech and Debate but I agree the "ought not" part will be confusing, the revision will make pro and con much clearer.
Posted by warren42 2 years ago
One of you message me when this debate ends. I'm really interested and would love to vote
Posted by warren42 2 years ago
@tej it gets confusing, especially for voters. I agree with Hayd, I'd rather not have to think about whether I'm "Pro" or "Con"
Posted by rzentmayer 2 years ago
I'll revise the debate and challenge Hayd.
Posted by tejretics 2 years ago

Why do you care if the resolution is a negative one? Like, that makes no difference...
Posted by YYW 2 years ago
This is tempting. Very tempting.
Posted by Hayd 2 years ago
Do these following things and I will accept:

Change the voting system to select winner rather than 7 point. Extend votng period to 1 month. 72 hours between rounds to respond and 10k character limit. Make the round structure as first round acceptence and no new arguments in the final round (don't worry, I will still go by LD its just that this is too restrictive if I am to affirm the resolution), and change the resolution to a positive motion rather than a negative one so that Con is not arguing that we should not not do something. And change the resolution to leave out constituionally protected speech and just speech, constitutionally protected is too confusing. Then challenge me
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