WSDC 2016 – Results round-up

Outrounds progression chart

Outrounds progression chart

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Champion: England
Best ESL Team: Pakistan
Best EFL Team: Denmark
Best New Team: Rwanda

Best Speaker: Eden Blair (Australia)
Best ESL Speaker: Kishen Sivabalan (Malaysia)
Best EFL Speaker: Clara Grønborg Juul (Denmark)
Best New Speaker: Florine Michelle Rombach (Switzerland)




R1: THW create public housing for the poor in wealthy neighborhoods
R2: THBT Japan should acquire nuclear weapons
R3: THW only imprison individuals who pose a direct and continuing threat to society
R4: THBT international development institutions (such as the World Bank) should not finance natural resource extraction projects in corrupt states
R5: THBT self-described progressive males of dominant ethnicities are morally obliged to refrain from taking positions of responsibility where there is a qualified alternative candidate from a historically disadvantaged group who would otherwise receive the post
R6: THW legally permit soldiers to refuse to participate in military actions or missions on the basis of conscious
R7: THBT European Union nations should forgive Greece’s sovereign debt
R8: THBT countries with booming populations should allocate every adult a single tradeable permit to have a child
R9: THW ban political parties and require candidates to run for office as independents
Half OF: THBT universities should never prohibit research or teaching on the ground of sexist, racist or otherwise discriminatory implications
OF: THBT the US should cut off all military aid to Egypt
QF: THW ban all advertising of consumer goods and services.
SF: THBT the WTO should never allow nations to place export restrictions on food, rare-earth metals, and other non-oil commodities
GF: THW not allow religious communities to expel members on the basis of views or actions that contradict doctrinal teachings

ESL QF: THBT publicly funded universities should be required to reduce enrolment in degree programs within their university that have statistically poor employment outcomes
ESL SF: THBT policies that may have significant environmental consequences should be subject to a veto by a “Supreme Court” of independent scientific experts
ESL GF: THBT representatives democracies with large numbers of foreigners living in their territory (on temporary or permanent basis) should create specific seats to represent them in parliament

EFL QF: THBT publicly funded universities should be required to reduce enrolment in degree programs within their university that have statistically poor employment outcomes
EFL SF: THBT the feminist movement should actively promote norms of stable monogamous relationships
EFL GF: TH welcomes the decline of the United States of America as the sole global super power

Masters R1: Should parents raise their child/ren without gender?
Masters R2: Should we ever imprison nonviolent offenders?
Masters GF: Should we support free-schooling?

The demise of democracy: Part 2 (Europe)

For the past half century, democracy has been the political ideology. The cold war saw a concerted effort to promote democracy, led by the USA. Since then, more and more countries have moved towards some form of democracy as the specter of communism was beat back. The idea of everyone’s opinion being considered in an equal and fair manner, without prejudice, captured the imagination of millions around the world. The recent spate of political upheaval in Arab stats, dubbed the Arab Spring, was heralded as the dawning of true democracy in the Middle East. But reality presents a far more murky picture, one where democracy’s success and future are both called into question. Here’s an examination of where democracy stands across the world.

Previously: The West (USA)


In Europe, arguably the source of democracy (Athens), democracy isn’t faring much better. The UK has a coalition government, which is arguably a good thing, but it points to a failure of the original system dominated by Labour and the Conservatives.

In Greece, a referendum on the bailout plan was called off and an unelected, technocratic government formed to lead Greece towards calmer waters. Now, not one, but two de-facto referendum on the bailout and elections have been held, with the lack of national consensus on many of the core issues facing Greece scaring markets. Elections, the supposed bedrock of modern democracy, only seemed to further complicate political uncertainty and help send the financial markets tumbling.

Italy is now led by ‘Super Mario’ who heads an unelected, technocratic government that for all our love of democracy, lacks any sort of electoral mandate. It should probably be noted that Berlusconi was duly elected.

Even the European Union has been chastised for the failure of its consensus and democratic decision making. Pundits have long called for much stronger action and for ways to bypass democratic deadlock. Germany’s dominance of the debate surrounding the Eurozone’s debt crisis points in much the same direction.

More than anything in recent times, the debt crisis in Europe seems to be pushing Europe away from democracy and consensus decision making as was championed in the past. Rather, Europe increasingly seems to be embracing the idea that a few people and institutions hold a disproportionate share of the power for decision making.

Next time: Asia