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5 September 2007

Old APDS motions from 70s and 80s

J.J. Gertler, Co-founder APDA, provided me with a list of motions debated in APDA during the late 1970s and early '80s.


Final round resolution at Glasgow 1981 was:
Be it resolved that this House regrets living in the nuclear age.

Be it Resolved That:
The U.S. should pull out
Time is on our side
The spirit has died
The United Nations is organized hypocrisy
The invisible hand has disappeared
Man is corrupted by knowledge
We are turning Japanese
The moment a man is convinced he is interesting, he no longer is
Judge not, that ye not be judged
Even victors are by victory undone
This is hell
The information highway is littered with roadkill
This House would give the Devil the benefit of the law
We don't need artists
History is Frankenstein's bride
Life is a matter of choosing one's moments
This House would choose faith over science
The only art that is worthwhile is that which pulls down our pants and taunts us
Television is a vast wasteland
We are lost in the supermarket of ideas
Necessity is the mother of invention
Necessity is the father of invention
The lady doth protest too much
Progress depends on the unreasonable man
Science is the enemy of the people
The world is flat
There can be no E.R. without an A
Chicken Little was right
Mother knows best
Little things mean a lot
Waiting is the hardest part
A hungry man is not a free man
Art upsets, science reassures
If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him
If you have to ask, you'll never know
Armed neutrality is ineffective at best
Changes in society are outpacing our ability to adapt
There's never been a better time than now
It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken
Patriotism is the last resort of a scoundrel
All's quiet on the western front
It enhances the desire, but takes away from the performance
Brevity is the soul of wit
It is good to have a giant's strength, but tyrannous to use it as a giant
Nothing emboldens sin so much as mercy
Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows
Where there's a will, there's a way
Reality is only a word
Argument is the worst sort of conversation
Familiarity breeds contempt
Familiarity breeds attempt

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