Texas Two Step Topic Areas (2019)


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Hi folks!

Here are the topic areas for pt. 1 of the Texas Two Step. No additional comment or clarification is forthcoming. Tournament directors reserve the right to make minor changes to topic wording, but will always aim to keep topic intent intact. We hope you have a good time with these, take care!

Executive Power

The United States federal government should substantially decrease the power of its Executive branch.

-Substantially limit war powers authority

-Substantially increase transparency of the Executive branch

-Substantially limit Presidential veto power

Marxist Values

Marxism should be valued over alternative political theory.

-Historical materialism should be valued over alternative readings of history

-Protracted People’s War should be valued as a short term political strategy

-Socialist restructuring of the economy should be valued as a primary strategy to combat climate change

Criminal Justice Reform

The United States federal government should substantially reform its criminal justice system

-End Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

-Substantially increase and fund alternative sentencing programs

-Substantially increase funding for the Department of Justice Collaborative Reform Program

Leaving the Umbrella

Southeast Asian countries should substantially decrease their diplomatic engagement with the United States.

-South Korea should substantially decrease its diplomatic engagement with the United States

-Japan should should substantially decrease its diplomatic engagement with the United States

-Vietnam should substantially decrease its diplomatic engagement with the United States