Providence MP

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Hi y'all!

I'm Arvindh Manian ('22), from Providence MP. We were a pretty small team, but we saw some decent success on the NatCir! Feel free to DM me on Instagram or email me at [email protected] if you have any questions (either about this prep or debate in general).

I think our prep is probably best used as a model for lay debate. We were never crazy flow, although we prepped with some people that were.

Sophomore Year (2019-2020)[edit]

This was my first year doing debate (I unsuccessfully tried MUN freshman year). This year was almost entirely lay, local tournaments. We did bid at Laird, though!

September/October: Belt and Road Initiative[edit]

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

My first PF topic! We went to ISD, where we broke to octafinals.


ISD Neg.pdf

Final AFF.pdf


BRI A2 Neg.pdf

Providence BRI A2 AFF.pdf

November/December: OCOs[edit]

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

January: Venezuela[edit]

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

February: UBI[edit]

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

March: Nuclear Energy[edit]

Resolved: The United States should increase its use of nuclear energy for commercial energy production.

Nationals: Charter Schools[edit]

Resolved: On balance, charter schools are beneficial to the quality of education in the United States.

Junior Year (2020-2021)[edit]

This was my first year of actual NatCir debate! We went to like ten different tournaments, and we championed a couple. Highlights include bidding at Laird, winning ETHS, and winning NCFLs. Honestly, going 4-3 at the STOC was a pretty big highlight too.

September/October: M4A[edit]

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

November/December: NFU[edit]

Resolved: The United States should adopt a declaratory nuclear policy of no first use.

January: NSA[edit]

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

February: West Africa[edit]

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

March: Space Force[edit]

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

TOC: IMF[edit]

Resolved: The benefits of the International Monetary Fund outweigh the harms.

Senior Year (2021-2022)[edit]

We didn't compete much (blame COVID and burnout!). I still did a lot of prep, though, so I've attached that.

September/October: Baltics[edit]

Resolved: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization should substantially increase its defense commitments to the Baltic states.

November/December: Crypto[edit]

Resolved: Increased United States federal regulation of cryptocurrency transactions and/or assets will produce more benefits than harms.

January: Drugs[edit]

Resolved: The United States federal government should legalize all illicit drugs.

March: Organic Ag[edit]

Resolved: In the United States, the benefits of increasing organic agriculture outweigh the harms.

Congress stuff[edit]

I also did Congress at NC States bc Billy was busy. I ended up winning, so apparently my prep was good LOL.