Perhaps we should consider having an expirimental resolution to use in addition to the traditional resolution. I find a resolution in the passive voice interesting, but a bit scary. I feel the same way about all of the suggestions for alternative resolution wordings. Why can't we test them out? In the same way that standardized tests include an expirimental section to test certain types of questions we can test how teams might react to an alternative resolution that we can later use as an actual resolution or as a model for a future resolution.
I am not certain how it would operate, but maybe we have two versions of a resolution on one topic. Maybe we try it for a semester or a tournament or a few tournaments or a few rounds at a few tournaments (all in first semester). Maybe you give teams the option? Maybe we could test it only in the novice/JV divisions?
Aninda, good post and Iím all for a Latin America topic. From having debated the political stability topic in high school I agree itís definitely overdue for a college resolution. I also think we should explore the possibilities of an Occupy/wealth redistribution topic area, perhaps building off of the financial reform topics areas that Kathryn and Malgor submitted last year. Iíd be willing to jump in on some of those efforts if there is a push for it. I also think the financial reform issues might be ripe for the passive voice, a construction we used to debate fairly regularly prior to the hegemony of the USFG agent. Perhaps something like one of these could be the basis for a solid controversy paper:
R: That more comprehensive and equitable wealth redistribution should be substantially implemented in the United States.
R: That corporate control and influence should be dramatically challenged/reduced/curtailed/limited (in the United States).
R: That more progressive policies of social justice should be adopted and enacted (in the United States).
Obviously these need a bunch of fleshing out, but something to get out there early to begin percolating.