Parliamentary Debate (aka “Parli”) is a debate format offered by several leagues, consisting of teams that receive the resolution minutes before they debate. Monument Member downloads include a model resolution and a sample tournament of resolutions to practice. The download contains hyperlinks to websites to help strengthen debaters’ understanding of the topics introduced.
Earlier Parli Releases
- Parli Release #34: “The Mueller Report II” (4/8/2019)- This week’s topics of debate include customer service in hipster coffee shops, retributive justice, Kirstjen Nielsen’s time as DHS head, Israel’s status as a Jewish state, Florida’s abortion bill, England’s difficulty with Huawei, the conflict between India and Pakistan, and the future of the French language.
- Parli Release #33: “The Mueller Report” (4/1/2019)- This week’s topics of debate include the responsibilities of developed countries towards refugees, the economic practices of developing nations, Facebook’s evolving standards, artificial intelligence in medicine, the Green New Deal, hemp legalization, the NBA’s referees, and the longevity of the gig economy.
- Parli Release #32: “College Censors” (3/25/2019)- This week’s challenges this signature executive order, for better or for worse. Other topics include emergency declarations, whether the mainstream media is dramatic or realistic, Russian collusion, New Zealand, and who will rule space — Bezos, Branson or Musk.
- Parli Release #31: “Steel Tariffs” (3/18/2019)- This week’s initial round opens up the idea of steel tariffs as a debatable idea. Other topics include saving the planet, making public meeting places safer, politicizing justice, flat tax, regulating Facebook, and who has the best formula (Brazil, Bernie, or Beto?).
- Parli Release #30: “Ilhan Omar” (3/11/2019)- This week’s final round goes deep into Ilhan Omar. Other topics include child obesity, public libraries as sanctuaries for the homeless, bypassing the electoral college, protecting babies and birth, a scenario of war with Venezuela, and increasing funding on all sorts of pet projects.
- Parli Release #29: “Battle For Kashmir” (3/4/2019)- This week’s final round goes deep into India and Pakistan, Other topics include, Separation of Church and State, voting obligations, humans rights and much more!
- Parli Release #28: “Brexit” (2/25/2019)- This week’s topics of debate include Brexit, the National Emergency, gaining of citizenship, gun background-checks, Jussie Smollett’s allegedly false police report, and more!
- Parli Release #27: “National Emergency” (2/18/2019)- This week’s topics of debate include the recent National Emergency declaration, democracy, the electoral system, and the death penalty.
- Parli Release #26: “Virginia Politics” (2/11/2019)- This week’s topics of debate include the recent Virginia politics crisis, southern border security, self-driving cars and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal
- Parli Release #25: “Venezuelan Politics” (2/4/2019)- This week’s topics of debate include Venezuelan politics, capitalism, international relations, the 2020 election, and more!
- Parli Release #24: “Indictment of Roger Stone” (1/28/2019)- This week’s topics of debate include Stone’s indictment, the border wall, Venezuelan leadership, gun control, and more!
- Parli Release #23: “India’s Economic Inequality” (1/21/2019)- This week’s topics of debate include the New England Patriots, Israeli strikes in Syria. China’s war on pollution, autonomy to Bangsamoro, the shutdown, Turkey’s security ability, and migrant aid.
- Parli Release #22: “Watson’s Censure” (1/14/2019)- This week’s topics of debate include declaring a state of national emergency, the 2020 Republican primaries, the TSA, lone wolf founders, recreational marijuana, Iran’s nuclear enrichment program, tariffs on China, and Bashar al-Assad’s relationship with other Arab nations.
- Parli Release #21: “Democrat House” (1/7/2019)- This week’s topics of debate include the new Democratic House, gerrymandering laws, requiring head coverings in Congress, the US in Syria, and whether the Wall is really a national security issue.
- Parli Release #20: “Obamacare” (12/17/2018)- This week’s topics of debate include the recent Obamacare strike down, regulation of Amazon, free trade, American oil independence, and video gaming for minors.
- Parli Release #19: “George HW Bush” (12/10/2018)- This week’s topics of debate include George H.W. Bush, whether riots should be cracked down upon, the rights of refugees, military aid to authoritarian regimes, the federal debt, and voter fraud.
- Parli Release #18: “Betsy DeVos” (12/3/2018)- This week’s topics of debate include Title IX, American football, romaine lettuce (or rather the CDC’s power over it), Hitler analogies, overthrowing governments, Microsoft, and what world leaders need to take a hike.
- Parli Release #17: “Pride and Prejudice ” (11/26/2018)- This week’s topics of debate include uncontacted civilizations, social contract theory, public vs. voucher schools, the right to be forgotten, taxation, expensive sporting venues, adversarial justice, and a final resolution that should challenge your creative debating skills.
- Parli Release #16: “Religion vs. Equity” (11/19/2018)- This week’s topics of debate include Julian Assange’s brand of journalism, the Kosovo/Serbia dispute, America’s relationship with the Philippines, China’s human rights situation, epistemic certainty, Universal Basic Income, and free speech in Hong Kong.
- Parli Release #15: “Harvard” (11/12/2018)- This week’s topics of debate include identity politics, the impact of Beto O’Rourke’s Senate race, tensions with China, campus carry, the 17th Amendment, and historical scenario resolutions on Microsoft, the USSR, and SCOTUS.
- Parli Release #14: “Executive Orders” (11/5/2018)- This week’s topics of debate include governmental power separation, global communication, Iran, economic growth, and more!
- Parli Release #13: “Mailed Terrorism” (10/29/2018)- This week’s topics of debate include the mailed bombs, upcoming elections, the IPCC, journalist Khashoggi, and more!
- Parli Release #12: “October Surprise” (10/22/2018)- This week’s topics of debate include the midterm elections, a scenario where war breaks out between Turkey and Saudi Arabia (and what the US should do about it), resolutions about Rosenstein and Comey, a call for more local support for education, and more!
- Parli Release #11: “Criminal Justice Reform” (10/15/2018)- This week’s topics of debate the criminal justice system, aging infrastructure, secret videos of private conversations, whether welfare really helps the poor, and more!
- Parli Release #10: “Public Shaming” (10/8/2018)- This week’s topics of debate include social smearing, economic disparities, Trudeau’s recent showdown with Donald Trump, foreign dependency in our military, and more!
- Parli Release #09: “More on Kavanaugh” (10/1/2018)- This week’s topics of debate include the Kavanaugh hearings, racial tensions, Elon Musk, Italy’s financial problems, whether public apologies matter much, and more!
- Parli Release #08: “Google” (9/24/2018)- This week’s topics of debate include Google’s controversy, Nike’s ad, Trump’s tweets, Socrate's theories and more!
- Parli Release #07: “Hungary” (9/17/2018)- This week’s topics of debate include sanctions on Hungary, ethical campaign finance, the latest on Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, cohesion funding for Baltic states, FEMA, and more!
- Parli Release #06: “Kavanaugh” (9/10/2018)- This week’s topics of debate include social media’s truth problems, the U.S.’s involvement with Palestine, the next trillion-dollar company, Argentina’s financial woes, America’s immigration court backlog, attorney-client privilege, and protests that involve taking a knee.
- Parli Release #05: “John McCain” (9/3/2018)- This week’s topics of debate include John McCain, the python in Poland, identity fraud for minors, weather Jeff Sessions should go, the so-called “Crisis for Democracy,” Aretha Franklin, and more!
- Parli Release #04: “Soft Power” (8/27/2018)- This week’s topics of debate include soft power and hard power, epistemology and truth, immigration reform, the second amendment, Venezuelan refugees, and more!
- Parli Release #03: “Trump’s Trade War” (8/20/2018)- This week’s topics of debate include Trump’s tariffs, the Manafort tax fraud, privacy, public health issues, immigration policy, the valuation of Apple, and more!
- Parli Release #02: “Internet of Things” (8/13/2018)- This download gives some analysis on the Internet of Things. It also gives practice resolution for Parli debaters.
- Parli Release #01: “Higher Education” (8/6/2018)- This week’s topics of debate include higher education, presidential authority of classified information, the federal government’s unconstitutional authority in the financing market, and more!
- Preseason: Parli Debate (6/18/2018)- This preseason document introduces you to the most exciting competitive event of Parli Debate.
Parliamentary Debate Organizations
The following are active parli debate organizations:
- Stoa hosts a two-on-two format that allows 15 minutes for students to prepare, allowing internet access and coaching during prep. See Stoa Parliamentary Debate for more information.
- NSDA hosts a three-on-three format called “World Schools Debate” that gives 60 minutes to prepare. The entire team consists of five members who prepare among one another. See World Schools Debate at NSDA for more information.
- The High School Debate Program is a California-based parliamentary debate program that hosts parli debate tournaments. See High School Debate for more information.
- The World Schools Debating Championships (WSDC) is an international organization that hosts parliamentary debates around the world. See the WSDC website for more information.
Season 19 Release Schedule
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Ten releases for 14 events and categories. Events include Policy Debate, Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum, Parliamentary Debate, Extemp, Apologetics, Platform and Interpretation. Perfect to start your journey through the competitive year.
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Releases continue, this time with case and brief development for speakers and debaters in policy, value, parli and all the speech events. Perfect for those who want to be transformed into champion competitors for the first tournaments of the year.
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Members are delivered more specific negative and opposition briefs. Eleven different events and categories for 220 additional downloads throughout the year. Perfect for debaters who need to own the source content to maximize their competitive success.
- Quarter 4 • March 18 through May 27, 2019
The home stretch through state, regional and national championships, the fourth quarter releases additional downloads for those speakers and debaters who are ready to win. Perfect for those who need additional help to differentiate themselves from other champions.
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