Motions

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Neil Harvey-Smith simply defines motions as “the topic for debate, worded “This House…”” (p.186) Essentially this house is the group that is proposing an action and that proposed action is the statement that follows.

In this page you will find hundreds of motions, many of them suggested by users, and some from tournaments that you may use as you wish. The intention of this list to give you ideas for possible debate motions so we have also included motions from the Debatabase. Where the proposer of the motion is known this also shows.

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THBT state policies should actively discourage a consumerist lifestyle
THBT state-funded institutions should not buy any art laymen cannot distinguish from the work of a child
THBT states in the developing world should invest in sex tourism
THBT states should end the use of lotteries
THBT the beauty industry does more harm than good
THBT the creation of the Eurozone has done more harm than good.
THBT the French government should criminalize denial of the Armenian Genocide
THBT the ICC should offer Joseph Kony an amnesty from prosecution
THBT the ICC should respect immunity deals made as a part of peace agreements
THBT the media should not publish news on suicides
THBT the media should not report or comment upon terrorist incidents
THBT the proliferation of nuclear weapons makes the world more secure
THBT the state should not redistribute wealth beyond basic securities
THBT the state should subsidize feminist porn
THBT the state should systematically use subconscious manipulation to nudge citizens toward good choices
THBT the ultimate decision-making body of a university should contain only students and academics
THBT the US should substantially increase taxes on the wealthy
THBT the vilification of bankers is bad for political discourse
THBT The Younger You Are, The More Salary You Deserve
THBT vigilantism is a legitimate way to achieve justice in areas of high crime
THBT we should not give money to beggars
THBT western countries should invest in air over ground power for future military interventions
THBT Western European countries should teach an overwhelmingly negative version of their imperial histories
THBT, in countries with few female politicians, it is good to have a politically active first lady
The house believes that electricity rates should be frozen
The house believes that entrepreneurship is the way out of economic crisis
The house believes that ex-prisoners can be allowed as candidates in general elections
The house believes that to abstain is not democratic
The House believes the desire to own the latest technological gadgets is a good thing
The House believes the gonvernment should not be soley responsible for solving crime
The House would ban surrogate motherhood
The house would make information technology a compulsory subject
The House would make team sports compulsory
The House would privatize garbage management
The USA should increase funding to fight disease in developing nations
This Houde believes the west should provide financial and military support to opposition goups in oppresive regimes
This House (as the USA) Would Sign the Ottawa Convention banning landmines
James Laurenson
This House agrees that Charity Begins At Home
This House beleives that Facebook is a reflection of urban loneliness
This House beleives that justice cannot come from the streets
This House beleves countries in economic crisis should suspend democratic elections and appoint a government of experts
This House believe students should be taught comprehensive sex education at all levels of education
This House believes launching a military coup against a democratic government can be justified
This House believes a democratic vote can only be legitimate if a majority of eligible voters take part
This House believes a good university education is the key to success
This House believes a lack of investment in teachers is the greatest barrier to achieving universal primary education
This House believes a move to the left is good for Labour
This House believes a nation's history and mythology is part of its national security
Nick Bibby
This House believes a third world war is inevitable
This House believes a third world war is inevitable