Debaters are thinking people. They think about the world. They think hard. Then they debate. But only after they've thought a lot. Here are some ways of thinking about common debating topics.

Doing God

Doing God

An introduction to some of the key issues that arise when debating motions concerned with religion.

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What is democracy?

What is democracy?

What democracy and what it isn't; how it works; how it might work better.

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What is the point of free speech?

What is the point of free speech?

What free speech is, and why it matters.

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What if free speech is not true?

What if free speech is not true?

What are, or should be, the consequences for not telling the truth?

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What if free speech causes offence?

What if free speech causes offence?

What can you and what can't you say? What should you and what shouldn't you be allowed to say?

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How free is free speech?

How free is free speech?

How money and power interfere with free speech.

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Who gets to vote?

Who gets to vote?

Not everyone can vote in elections. Why not?

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Who should you vote for?

Who should you vote for?

How to decide who to vote for.

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What is a nation?

What is a nation?

We all live in nations. But what are they?

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Is it ever all right to be violent?

Is it ever all right to be violent?

Violence is wrong. Or is it? When might it be right?

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How much inequality should there be?

How much inequality should there be?

Do some people deserve more than others? Why (not)?

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Do symbols matter?

Do symbols matter?

Symbols make nothing happen. Or do they?

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