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!