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Monday, July 26, 2004

Official Iron Blog Topic List (Final Version)

All Combatants - Iron Bloggers and Challengers alike - should know that the Topic for any given Battle may be one of the Topics on this list. Timely Topics will be given priority as current events shape national dialogue, and new Topics may arise that are important for the time they are used, such as Battle Rumsfeld, but may not necessarily have a long shelf life, so to speak. The Topics on this list, however, are to be considered long-term Topics and hold up well over time.

A Challenger, when submitting a Challenge, must choose no less than 15 Topics from the list (there are 150 in all) and give their positions on each for The Chairman's consideration. In most cases, one of these 15(+) will end up being the Topic for that Challenger's Battle, but The Chairman may decide that a new Topic from current events is more timely, or that something else from the list is more interesting.

Iron Bloggers have the unenviable task of being required to send The Chairman their positions on every one of these Topics so that he may have the best chance of picking a Topic that will involve an honest, actual disagreement between Combatants. This will help to insure that each Battle is as comfortable and intellectually honest as possible before it begins and thereby minimize recent issues of Combatant agreement. Please note that Topics may be used more than once, allowing different Iron Bloggers to Battle the same issues with different Challengers. Use of a Topic does not make it 'used up'.

The 150 Iron Blog Topics are:

Abortion
Abstinence-Only Sex Ed
Affirmative Action
AIDS Funding
Alternative Energy
Animal Research
Animal Rights
Arab-Israeli Conflict
Assault Rifle Ban
Balanced Budget
Brady Bill
Bush Tax Cuts
Business Taxes
Campaign Finance Reform
Capitalism
Censorship
Childcare (State)
China-Taiwan Conflict
Christian Nation
Church and State
Class Warfare
Cloning (Animals)
Cloning (Human Body Parts)
Cloning (Humans)
Compulsory Organ Donation
Compulsory Vaccinations (Children)
Compulsory Vaccinations (Military)
Compulsory Voting
Condoms In Highschools
Copyright
Corporal Punishment (In Schools)
Creationism As Science
Cuba (Policy)
Death Penalty
Defense Spending
Deficit Spending
Disability Rights (Accessibility)
Disability Rights (Employment)
Don't Ask/Don't Tell
Draft
Drugs
Education (Homeschooling)
Education (Public)
Education (Private)
Electoral College
Environmental Protection
Euthanasia
Evolution As Science
E-Voting
File Sharing
Flag Burning
Flat Tax
Foreign Policy (Multi-lateral)
Foreign Policy (Uni-lateral)
Fossil Fuel
Fox News
Free Trade
Gambling (General)
Gambling (Indian)
Gay Adoption
Gay Marriage
Geneva Conventions (General)
Geneva Conventions (War on Terror)
Global Warming
Gun Control
Hate Crimes
Hate Speech (Should It Be Protected)
Healthcare (Private)
Healthcare (Universal, Multi-Payer)
Healthcare (Universal, Single-Payer)
Homeland Security (Policy)
Homeland Security Department (Should It Exist)
Immigration
Income Taxes
Instant Runoff Voting
Intelligence (Iraq War)
Intelligence (Terrorism)
International Court
Iraq Handover
Iraq Occupation
Iraq War
Judicial Activism
Judicial Nominees (Bush)
Kyoto Protocols
Legacy Admissions
Liberal Media
Line Item Veto
Living Wage
Manditory Sentencing
Medicare (General)
Medicare (Prescription Drug Bill)
Medicinal Marijuana
Military Intervention
Minimum Wage
Minority Voters
NAFTA
National Sales Tax
National Service (Compulsory)
North Korea (Policy)
No Smoking Bans
Nuclear Energy
Nuclear Weapons (Retain or Reduce)
Oil Exploration (Alaska)
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Outsourcing (Cause)
Outsourcing (Merits)
Overpopulation
Pakistan-India Conflict
Patients' Bill Of Rights
Patriot Act
Piracy
Pledge Of Allegiance
Political Correctness
Pornography
Prayer In School
Prison System
Prostitution
Race Relations
Racial Profiling
Reasonable Search and Seizure
Reparations
Right To Privacy (Boundaries)
Scarcity
School Violence (Causes)
School Vouchers
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Social Security (Solvency)
Spanking
Special Education (Integration v. Isolation)
Stem Cell Research
Sudan Conflict
Term Limits
Terrorism (Cause)
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Terrorism (Prevention)
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Tort Reform
Unions
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United Nations (Reforms)
Utility Deregulation
Veganism
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War On Terror (Policy)
War On Terror (Success)
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