Space and China are the Final Two Topics for 2011-2012

The National Federation of High Schools announced today that the finalists for the 2011-2012 policy debate topic are space and China. The resolutions are as follows:

SPACE

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its exploration and/or development of space beyond the Earth’s mesosphere.

CHINA

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic engagement with the People’s Republic of China on one or more of the following issues: trade, economy, environment.

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic engagement with the People’s Republic of China on one or more of the following issues: trade, currency, environment.

NOTE: The NFHS inadvertently released the 2010-2011 wording of the China topic, not the altered 2011-2012 wording.

The voting results from round one are below the fold.

Voting for the final resolution begins now and the winner will be announced on January 7th.

3 thoughts on “Space and China are the Final Two Topics for 2011-2012

  1. Whit Whitmore

    The phrase "one or more of the following issues: trade, economy, environment" is not limiting, because 'economy' is an all encompassing area when you are talking about "economic engagement."

    The topic might as well read:

    The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic engagement with the People’s Republic of China.

    They should have used the word 'currency.'

  2. Dan Kauppi

    I really think it's too bad India didn't make it. India and SE Asia would have at least offered fresh topic ground.

    China will be broad and a lot of retread, plus China is a huge part of each topic every year already.

    That said, I hope the space voters have good reasons for supporting it – I fear that will be a year filled with stupid fanboy tech debates, and when a topic summary specifically says "the neg gets politics!!!! and timeframe defense!!!!" that says to me blatantly that the topic will be bereft of neg ground.

    Also, Whit – there's a disconnect here. The NFL's synopses say "currency," not economy, but the NFHS announced "trade, economy, environment." Someone made an error. http://www.nflonline.org/uploads/Main/policysynop

  3. ThatOneGuy

    I really hope the space topic wins! I'm thinking of running a SETI case next year… anyone got any suggestions?

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