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National Forensic League
Lincoln Douglas Debate
(2003 - 2004)

Resolved: As a general principle, individuals have an obligation to value the common good above their own concerns.

Thomas Hobbes would hold that self-preservation legitimately translates into the unlimited natural right to anything and everything whatsoever that guarantees it. Most Americans would declare that a reasonable person has only one choice: honoring the public good. These are but two of the arguments in a collection of articles that extends from a discourse on morality to questioning whether there exists a clearly defined “common good” as it relates to controversial issues.

In this collection, some of the finest minds examine morality, justice, and responsibility, and what seems an obvious answer becomes eminently questionable. How much of one’s sense of honor is inculcated by religion and government? Does the common good violate our instinct for self-preservation, or does acting in the interest of the common good serve self-interest?

Here, at last, you have the definitive answer – for every position.

What Do Religion, Politics, and Science Each Contribute to the Creation of a Good Society?
Intellectual Freedom: The Perils of Inconsistency
Freedom and Authority
The Revolt Against the Masses
The Evolution of the Extended Order
Constitution of the United States Was Not Written by Locke
Herbert Croly and the American Promise
The Virtue of Courage
Natural Law and Virtue
An Almost Absolute Right
Democracy and the Market
Thoughts on Heroism
Modern Unbelief and the Curious Faiths of the Antihero
Value Issues Affecting Technological Innovation
Thomas Hobbes: The Morality of Natural Reason
Justice and Public Morality
Freedom and Virtue: John Courtney Murray on the Truths We Hold
The Vexatious Issue of Privacy
Abortion and the Right to Privacy: A Comparative Perspective
Privacy and Liberal Legal Culture
Privacy and Technology
Individual and Society: A Response to the Conservative Critique of Liberalism
Democracy's Hour
Rx for the 'Me' Society
Civic Virtue: Interested and Disinterested Citizens
Abortion and the Insatiable Self
Is the Good Man the Good Citizen?: An Essay on 'The Interrelation of Aims'
First Things First: Euthanasia and America's Problem of Individualism
Democracy and Religion: On the Existence and Nonexistence of Nations
A Discourse on Morality
Putting a Brake on License
Renewing Our Country
Technology and Ethics: From Expertise to Public Participation
Professional Responsibility
Religion and the American Self
Is There a Common Good?
Does a Public Person Deserve a Private Life?: Privacy Is a Right
Does a Public Person Deserve a Private Life?: The Public Has Rights Too
Latin America's Tide of Semidemocracy
Tom Wolfe's Epictetus
Security versus Privacy
Doing the Right Thing: A Balancing Act
School Vouchers: 'Pervasively Sectarian'

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