Debate teams representing the London School of Economics [LSE] and the New York School of Poets [NYS] will go into action in neutral Montreal on Friday, May 23 of this year, a spokesperson for the League of Labor Day Mothers announced today.
The potential topics, which captains of the two squads agreed to, are taken from recent issues of high-circulation journals. According to the spokesperson, Alexis Carrington, the topics include
(A) Resolved: the Holocaust did not happen, and if it did, the number of victims has been exaggerated. [See Wall Street Journal, May 13, 2014, p. A8],
(B) Resolved: though a large portion of the West Antarctica ice sheet has begun melting at a pace that appears to be unstoppable, governments around the world would be wise to delay acting to cut greenhouse gas emissions in order to avert sea level rise, species extinction, and food insecurity. [See "I Back Governor Corbett" by Chris Abruzzo, Pennsylvania Cigarette, May 13, 2014].
(C) Resolved: the worst corporation in the world, from the point of view of either consumer satsifaction or shareholder relations, is Time Warner Cable or whatever the skunks call themselves today. [See "Enjoy Better" campaign on all major networks.]
[D] Resolved: all drugs, not excluding heroin, should be legalized immediately subject to strict governmental controls regarding user age. [See Newspeak, May 26, 2014].
Among the NYS debate team members are Henry Francis, Michael Ginsberg, Joan Harris, and Stephanie Horton. The LSE team is captained by Mervyn Bunter and includes Amanda Fitton, Arthur Hastings,and Flossie Rubrick. Teams must be prepared to take either the affirmative or negative side of whichever debate topic the judges (Paul Biegler, Emily French, and Hector McQueen) choose based on what they had for breakfast that morning. Hosting the televised proceedings will be Alex Trebek, who has vowed to grow back his old mustache for the occasion. -- DL