PF Argument Breakdown

Having a basic understanding of popular arguments on each topic is important for debaters at all levels when planning cases, writing blocks, or developing late-round strategies on each topic. Unfortunately traveling to tournaments every weekend is wildly expensive, and so are carded briefs.

You may download the following free “briefs” for Public Forum debate. We will have actively updated google docs while the topic is still being debated, and will upload a compiled PDF at the end of the topic.

Anyone is welcome to contribute arguments they have heard at tournaments, and links to those forms will all be on this page. Beyond Resolved may edit your response for clarity.

Please note, we make a conscious decision to only provide explanations for arguments, and not evidence, as research is a skill that should be developed.

Beyond Resolved's argument breakdowns are currently sponsored by Public Forum Academy.

Prior to the Nocember 2020 topic, argument breakdowns were made in collaboration with Learn Public Forum.

March 2021

Resolved: On balance, the benefits of creating the United States Space Force outweigh the harms.

February 2021

Resolved: On balance, the benefits of  urbanization in West Africa outweigh the harms. 

January 2021

Resolved: The National Security Agency should end its surveillance of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents.

Nocember 2020

Resolved: The United States should adopt a declaratory nuclear policy of no first use (NFU)

Septober 2020

Resolved: The United States federal government should enact the Medicare-For-All Act of 2019.

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Septober Argument Breakdown

February 2020

Resolved: The United States should replace means-tested welfare programs with a universal basic income.

January 2020

Resolved: The United States should end its economic sanctions against Venezuela.

Nocember 2019

Resolved: The benefits of the United States federal government’s use of offensive cyber operations outweigh the harms.

Septober 2019

Resolved: The European Union should join the Belt and Road Initiative.