Released: Filed Under: Stoa Lincoln-Douglas
In order to successfully address this resolution, the negative debater must show that truth, no matter how valuable, does not justify violation of fundamental rights. It is important for debaters to acknowledge the natural implications of this topic. The resolution presented is a fresh realm for debate, but the conflict itself is not new. This resolution pits the individual good against the collective good, which should sound familiar to returning debaters. The same conflict was presented by STOA with the topics of community moral standards versus freedom of speech and needs of the public versus private property rights. Outside of high school debate, this concept is still constantly discussed.
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Dominique Alisa Stringer competed in speech and debate for six years. She now studies Anthropology and Museum Studies at Luther College, where she has put her forensic skills to use in presentations, class discussions, and entrepreneurial pitch competitions. During her time as a competitor, Alisa’s favorite events were Mars Hill, Parliamentary, and Lincoln-Douglas Debate.