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.

Cases[edit]

ISD Neg.pdf

Final AFF.pdf

Blocks[edit]

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.