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  • LD-Nationals2009: Resolved: Military conscription is unjust
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  • Topics for 2010-11 are selected from the following list: (italicized topics have already been used!) NFL's Topic Analysisis usually available soon after the newest topic is announced.
    • Resolved: When forced to choose, a just government ought to prioritize universal human rights over its national interest.
    • Resolved: The abuse of illegal drugs ought to be treated as a matter of public health, not of criminal justice.
    • Resolved: In political campaigns within the United States, corporations ought to be afforded the same First Amendment free speech protections as individuals.
    • Resolved: The United States is justified in using private military firms abroad to pursue its military objectives.
    • Resolved: On balance, Internet neutrality is desirable.
    • Resolved: Progressive income taxes are just.
    • Resolved: Justice requires the recognition of animal rights.
    • Resolved: In the United States, juveniles charged with violent felonies ought to be treated as adults in the criminal justice system.
    • Resolved: The constitutions of democratic governments ought to include procedures for secession.
    • Resolved: Secular ethics ought to be prioritized over religious ethics in the legislative process.

  • Topics for 2009-10 are selected from the following list: (italicized topics have already been used!) NFL's Topic Analysisis usually available soon after the newest topic is announced.
    • Resolved: Governments have an obligation to pursue and disclose the truth regarding suspected crimes by previous administrations
    • Resolved: In the United States, the principle of jury nullification is a just check on government
    • Resolved: Public health concerns warrant government violation of pharmaceutical patents
    • Resolved: It is just for highly indebted poor countries to repudiate their debt
    • Resolved: Economic sanctions ought not be used to achieve foreign policy objectives
    • Resolved: A just government ought to guarantee adequate housing for all of its citizens
    • Resolved: Records of an individual’s home Internet use ought to be protected from unreasonable search and seizure by the government
    • Resolved: States ought not possess nuclear weapons
    • Resolved: Public health concerns justify compulsory immunization
    • Resolved: Compulsory inclusion of non‐felons’ DNA in any government database is unjust