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English Debate Club

This week's topic:

What is an acceptable level of state control?

Throughout history, there are many and varied examples of good and bad governments, exercising varied degrees of coercive control over their citizens.

What level is the "right" level of coercive control, in order to maintain a healthy society? Is there such a thing? Where do governments get their legitimacy and in our contemporary world of economic and social upheaval across the world, how should governments treat their population when civil unrest is a possibility, or even a reality?

What are our personal experiences of political governance? Are there any common themes that we might agree all good governments must share? Is a "good" government necessary if we are healthy and wealthy?

(Topic defined by Thomas Walmsley, thanks!)

 

The English Debate Club:

Challenge and improve your English skills with lively discussions and debates!  Sometimes we stick to debate format, other times it evolves into a general discussion.

The aim is to set topics at least a week in advance (please feel free to message the group leader with topic suggestions) but over the summer that may a bit too ambitious time-frame wise. Participants are welcome to prepare beforehand or wing it - but everyone will be encouraged to contribute to the discussion.

Focus will be on crafting arguments in English, phrasing for emphasis and expanding vocabulary at an advanced level.  Native English speakers who would like to brush up on their debating skills very welcome also!

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent debate! Thank you Elina for the web links! I hoped i could give you more interesting concrete examples about how individuals' freedom is oppressed by the Italian State ....still what Italy has often lacked is the trust in the public system, political and fiscal transparency and respect of the rules. So more State control over our citizens would be a solution, provided the State can reach credibility and can be controlled

    June 26, 2013

  • Rolando

    I think it was ok so I'm coming next week:)

    June 25, 2013

  • Thomas W.

    Thanks for a nice debate, folks! See you next week.

    June 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey i am Here!!! Where are u??

    June 25, 2013

  • Jorgen

    Watch out for the bus strike, better take the Metro to get there, instead of the usually so convenient, but currently non-existing bus lines.

    June 25, 2013

  • Daphne

    I will be very happy to attend another time. Today's discussion topic is very interesting and I would of liked to attend but can not unfortunately for me.

    June 25, 2013

  • Antonio

    Interesting and complex topic. I am looking forward to the debate =)

    June 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello ! I am really looking forward to meeting you all !

    June 25, 2013

  • Thomas W.

    Thanks for using my topic, I had better come along this week!

    Sorry I missed last week, I would have very much liked to attend, gender is one of my favourite topics.

    See you tomorrow!

    June 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I'd like join to some english debate. (After 3 months of stress at SFI school I think better improve my english than my lite swenka). I'm italian mother tongue.

    June 24, 2013

  • Jorgen

    Topic has been set, as defined by Thomas Walmsley, thanks!

    What is an acceptable level of state control?

    See text above for more details.
    (Topic )

    June 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I Will be there this time

    1 · June 19, 2013

14 went

  • Jorgen
    Swedish mother tongue, Assistant Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Zhang C.
    Chinese mother tongue
  • Aline
    Swedish/English mother tongue
  • RF76
    Arabic mother tongue
  • Elina
    Russian mother tongue
  • Deki
    Swedish mother tongue
  • Thomas W.
    English mother tongue
  • Daniel
    Swedish mother tongue
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member

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