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To improve in Parliamentary Debate, debaters must consistently break down a variety of resolutions across a wide range of subject areas and have high-quality practice rounds. Here are 20 resolutions to jumpstart your practice!

This is the only the beginning—Ethos will have more high-quality practice motions coming your way as the season progresses.

Value Resolutions

When forced to choose, a just government ought to prioritize universal human rights over its national interest.

Secondary education in America should value the fine arts over athletics.

When in conflict, a business’ responsibility to itself ought to be valued above its responsibility to society.

Members of the United States Congress ought to value the national interest above constituents’ interests when the two are in conflict.

The public’s right to know is of greater value than the right to privacy of candidates for public office.

Policy Resolutions

In the United States, juveniles charged with violent felonies ought to be treated as adults in the criminal justice system.

Economic sanctions ought not be used to achieve foreign policy objectives.

This house would abolish occupational licensing.

This house believes that the US should impose tariffs on the products of companies that shut down US manufacturing plants and outsource jobs.

This house would have poverty as a defense for small, non-violent, economic crimes (e.g. theft, scams, burglary).

This house would ban the purchase of property by foreign citizens in cities with rapidly rising housing prices, except in cases where the property is the primary residence.

The US should implement term limits for Supreme Court Justices.

Fact Resolutions

Vigilantism is justified when the government has failed to enforce the law.

It is morally permissible to kill one innocent person to save the lives of more innocent people.

This house believes it is always unjust to fight for one’s country.

On balance, the benefits of United States participation in the North American Free Trade Agreement outweigh the consequences.

Individual obedience to law plays a greater role in maintaining ethical public service than does individual obedience to conscience.

Other Resolutions

This house welcomes the increasing automation of labor.

This house would prefer to live in a world without formalized art criticism (i.e. of visual art, film, music, poetry, theatre, etc.).

This house supports environmental activists breaking the law in order to protect the environment.


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