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About "Pride and Prejudice"
America has a love-hate relationship with history. There are lots of things to celebrate, and lots of things that we wish never happened. That relationship with our history isn’t unique, Germany deals with the vestiges of Nazism, Russia lives under the legacy of Trotsky, Lenin, and Stalin, and South Africa struggles to decide on the name of its cities. In the U.S., we’ve had to struggle over whether to keep monuments to confederate soldiers, whether to fly the confederate flag, and whether those symbols stand for a proud rejection of federal overreach or a tainted legacy of slavery. At the end of World War II, we were adamant that Germany do away with the swastika, and to this day there’s a section of German criminal code that bans the symbol from all non-artistic uses. There is a legitimate argument to be made that such restrictions try to re-write history, and limit free speech in problematic ways. There is also a compelling reason to minimize the exposure given to periods and people who celebrated violence and racism. Should the U.S. follow Germany’s example? How should we approach symbols that mean radically different things to different people? Parli debaters tackle a tough question in this week’s release.
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.
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Mark’s competitive history includes top awards in policy, Lincoln-Douglas, parli, extemp, and apologetics in NCFCA and Stoa. He is currently an honors student at the University of Texas, dual-majoring in the Plan II Honors Program and the School of Business. Through his connections with forensics and writing for Monument, Mark earned an internship at the Texas Civil Justice League, where his research aims to increase stability and fairness in Texas’ civil justice system. In his spare time, Mark plays for UT’s rugby team.