GOV is the President and VP of the USA. Five minutes ago Israel informed you that it had assassinated Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and launched a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, but only destroyed 12 of 17 known sites before all jets were shot down. They have asked for assistance to finish the job.
Resolved: finish the job.
GOV, you are a leading expert and lab assistant in artificial intelligence and have discovered the secret to synthetically creating a sentient being. Resolved: destroy your research.
These were great resolutions to debate. Drew and I went OPP and both of them.
In the first round (scientific research), GOV operated from a "fear of the unknown" paradigm. We directly refuted their framework and, like Isaiah mentioned, contested it from an "essence of the decision" perspective, which we identified as "is it moral to create sentient beings?", also labeled as "should we be allowed to imitate God?"
The second round had more clash, although I felt OPP had the better side. GOV justified action with "Iran is hostile/bad" and "Israel is our ally." Drew and I rebutted with a Solvency press, turn on their Iran justification, mitigation of their Israel justification, and a world war DA.
These debates were easily my favorites of the entire tournament. I would love to see these types of resolutions at NITOC.