Having a basic understanding of popular arguments on each topic is important for debaters at all levels when planning cases, writing blocks, or developing late-round strategies on each topic. Unfortunately travelling to tournaments every weekend is wildly expensive, and so are carded briefs.
In order to have a centralized list of common arguments around the country accessible to all debaters, Beyond Resolved compiles a monthly breakdown, in collaboration with Learn Public Forum.
You may download the following free “briefs” for Public Forum debate. We will have actively updated google docs while the topic is still being debated, and will upload a compiled PDF at the end of the topic.
Anyone is welcome to contribute arguments they have heard at tournaments, and links to those forms will all be on this page. Beyond Resolved may edit your response for clarity.
Please note, we make a conscious decision to only provide explanations for arguments, and not evidence, as research is a skill that should be developed.
Resolved: The United States should replace means-tested welfare programs with a universal basic income.
Resolved: The United States should end its economic sanctions against Venezuela.
Resolved: The benefits of the United States federal government’s use of offensive cyber operations outweigh the harms.
Resolved: The European Union should join the Belt and Road Initiative.