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Debate topics are a fun and exciting way for ESL students to express their opinion on various topics.

These debate topics are primarily targeted towards intermediate and advanced level students, but there are also some that would be suitable for beginners although generally a more structured conversation class is recommended for A1 or A2 level students.

How To Use These Topics

Each topic has a statement that your student needs to argue for or against.

You can of course ask them to decide for themselves whether they agree with the statement or not and give reasons why. However, by giving telling them that they have to argue either for or against the statement tends to produce free the student up from the confines of their own personal opinion and encourages them to be more creative and use more vocabulary.

As they are not giving their own personal opinion this also makes the whole activity more fun and many learners will come up with very funny arguments.

The debate topics are in no particular and are a great way to kick off or finish a class. Or you could just spend the whole class dedicated to debating.

An ideal lesson would consist of going through some focused conversation topics and finishing off with some fun debates or games.

Debate Topics

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Beauty is a reflection of the soul
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Graffiti is an art
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Alternative medicine should be combined with conventional medicine
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Tradicional advertising is more effective than digital
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Singing increases our confidence
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It doesn't take a lot of skill or knowledge to be an interior designer
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Karaoke is not a good way to improve confidence
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Japanese food is the healthiest in the world
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Winter is the best season of the year
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People would be healthier if they grew their own fruit and vegetables
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Festivals are a good way to meet people
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Gambling should be illegal
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Goals help us determine what we want in life
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Designer clothes are overpriced
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Golf is a sport for old people
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The best way to learn English at school is with a text book
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People shouldn't be allowed to own more than one car?
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War is a necessary evil for human existence
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Being rich is better than being poor
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Angry is the most difficult emotion to control
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People who are very emotional will be less successful in life
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It is better to buy one expensive shirt rather than 10 cheap shirts
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It is better to have a shower in the morning rather than the evening
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The most important thing to consider when choosing a career path to follow is money
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More people should embrace halloween and celebrate it!
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in general, airport security is too strict
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Having too many hobbies is not a good thing
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Gender inequality no longer exists in the US
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Society would be better without YouTube
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Breakfast is not the most important meal of the day
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It's better to have a birthday in the summer rather than the winter
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The best way to stop a bully is by physical violence
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The best way to stop crime is by severely punishing the criminals.
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People shouldn't give advice if they haven't been asked
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Living near the beach is better than living in a city
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Basketball is a boring sport
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People who fall for scams deserve everything they get
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Dreams can help us solve problems in our lives
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Reading books is the best way to learn new things
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Robots taking over jobs that humans used to do is a good thing
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There is nothing wrong with a man ordering for a woman in a restaurant
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People who spend time to plan their day out are more productive
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Pizza is not only tasty, but can also be healthy as well
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Facial recognition technology should be common place in all towns and cities
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Camping is a great way to de-stress
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People who journal every day are happier
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It is better to take a bath instead of a shower
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The differences between men and women in society are purely created through social constructs
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It's better to exercise in the morning than in the evening
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Rainy days are more relaxing than sunny days
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Most people would be vegetarian if they had to kill the animals themselves
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People will eat less meat and more bugs in the future
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Gymnastics is a dangerous activity to do
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Having pets helps children learn about responsibility
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Walking for two hours every day will improve your life
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In-person activities are better at connecting people together than online actvities
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It is better to go out on Friday night than Saturday night
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Drinking mineral water is healthier than drinking tap water
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Music concerts are too expensive
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Self-study is a better way to learn than studying with a tutor
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Modern music is influenced by music from the past
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Life is more difficult for a child now than 50 years ago
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Yoga is healthier than running
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Living in a town is better than living in the countryside
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Doctors should get paid more
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A one world government would improve society
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People should do more to look after the town where they live
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It is not important to go to university nowadays
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People should have a minimum of 40 days holiday per year
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Tidy people are happier people
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It's better to take regular short holidays than one long holiday
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Children shouldn't have to worry about looking after the environment
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The area where you live is more important than the actual house
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Most people don't care enough about the environment
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People complain too much nowadays
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It is everyone's responsibility to report people to the authorities who are working illegally
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It is easier to learn a new language when you are young
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Going for a long walk in the winter is better than going for a long walk in the summer
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If you are scared to do something you should not do it
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People were more friendly in the past
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People who commit fraud should not be sent to prison
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The vegan diet is not natural for humans
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School children should be separated based on their ability
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Blogs are a waste of time for the majority of businesses
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Living in a house is better than living in a flat
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Email is still the best way to communicate with work colleagues
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Spring is the best season
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A private healthcare system is better than a public healthcare system
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You should also start selling a product before it is actually made
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Most retail shops wouldn't survive without Christmas
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If you start a small local business you will most likely fail
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Parents protect their children too much nowadays
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Working on our mental health is more important than working on our physical health
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Businesses should not be allowed to ask your age when you are applying for a job
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Chinese is the best language to learn for the future
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People who exercise in a gym get better results than those exercising at home
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All drugs should be legal
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The majority of people won't be able to read in 100 years
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Banks are not a safe place to keep your money
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Online businesses are the riskiest businesses to start
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Businesses should be able to make people redundant without having to pay them any compensation
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Online meetings are less productive than in-person meetings
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Having a quick drink to calm your nerves before an interview is a good idea
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The age to vote should be 25
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The US is the best country to live in
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Finding love was easier 50 years ago
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No one decides who to vote for based on the presidential debates before an election in the US
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School children should learn about winning and losing from a young age
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People should always try to visit different countries
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Team sports are better for children to play than individual sports
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It's better to watch football on TV that in a stadium
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Police shouldn't carry guns
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The atmosphere in a restaurant is just as important as the food
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Films were better 20 years ago
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Children shouldn't have to do chores around the house
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Pens and pencils will be obsolete in 20 years
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Testing on animals should be illegal
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Lockdowns during pandemics do more harm than good
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It was easier to succeed in the music industry 50 years ago
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Clothes are better now than in the past
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Allowing people to vote by mail is a bad idea
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Playing computer games is a waste of time
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People shouldn't trust the mainstream media
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Exercising is the best way to relax during the weekend
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Social media networks should be held responsible for their users' content
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Investing in stocks and shares is not different to betting on football or other sports
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Everyone should change their passwords every six weeks
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Offline marketing is still more effective than online marketing
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Most children are spoiled nowadays
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White privilege doesn't exist
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Olympic athletes do not get the credit they deserve when compared to others sports men and women
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Being stressed over work is a good thing
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If a customer is angry it's always best to give them what they want
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Children who use electronic devices all the time will never succeed in life
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The customer is always right
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Taking an afternoon nap makes us more productive
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People won't need to learn foreign languages in the future
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Marriage is not as important as it was in the past
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Autosuggestion techniques are useless
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A healthy diet is not the same for everybody
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People who don't pay their tax should be sent to prison
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Self-driving cars will never become commonplace
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Our lives would improve if we didn't have social media
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It's more difficult to get a promotion if you work from home
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Compulsory military service will make everyone a better person
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Religion has no place in schools
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Women taking their husband's name after marriage is a pointless thing to do
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Online fitness classes will be more common than in-person classes in 20 years
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Children who where a uniform to school produce better results
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Bitcoin is just a scam
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Cannabis should be legal
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Camping is a great way to destress
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The government should not give financial help to people who decide to have children
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Watching sport is a waste of time
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The theatre is better than the cinema
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Children who play a musical instrument have a much greater capacity for learning
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Children should do at least one hour of exercise at school every day
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Exercising in the gym is better than exercising outside
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All students should take a gap year before going to university
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Inheritance tax should be abolished
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Holidays abroad are overrated
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Doctors should not be allowed to prescribe anti-depressant drugs to anyone under the age of 18
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Food was much more natural and healthier 100 years ago
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Challenging ourselves make us better people
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Social media platforms have a duty to censor content
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Two party voting systems like in the US are better than multi-party voting systems
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People are happier when the sun is shining
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There is no such thing as luck
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Face masks cause more harm than good
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Listening to music while exercising will make you train harder
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There is no difference between eating a chicken and eating a dog
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Social media is dangerous for society
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The most important thing to consider when thinking about moving home is the location
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The diet of children nowadays is the worst it has ever been
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Only people who pay taxes should receive free health care
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People would be happier if they spent more time outside
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Lockdowns by the government should be illegal
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People who harm animals should be given the same punishment as if they had harmed a human
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The piano is the best musical instrument to play
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The society is less racist now than 50 years ago
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Self-confidence is natural and something you cannot learn
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The legal age for drinking alcohol should be 25
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Buying property is no longer a safe investment
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The US doesn't have a racism problem
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English is the easiest language to learn
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Giving handouts to people in poverty will not help them in the long run
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It is easier to learn a foreign language when you're a child
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There is never an excuse not to exercise
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Religions should have to pay taxes the same as businesses have to
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Having plants in the home makes people happier
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People who don't go on holiday at least once a year are more likely to suffer from depression
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Being a politician is the best job in the world
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Meditation is the best way to start the day
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There should not be a minimum wage
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It is better to grow up in a big city
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Children should have to earn their pocket money
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Mobile phones are destroying the family dynamic
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Alcohol is more harmful than marjuana
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Rock climbing is the most dangerous sport you can do
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Saunas are pointless
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Violence towards politicians is not always unjustified
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All children should be taught to look after the environment from a young age
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People who abuse animals should be thrown in jail
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Maths is the most important subject for a child to learn at school
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Most people would prefer to spend time with friends rather than family
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Children had more fun at school 50 years ago
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Audio books are better than traditional books
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Online grocery shopping is better than going to the supermarket
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Delivering leaflets o peoples homes is still a great way to advertise
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Running regulary is actually bad for your health
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Famous people don't have a right to complain about privacy
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School children under the age of 10 should not be given homework
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Abortion should be illegal
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Capital punishment should be brought back for murderers
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The best way to get people to become vegan is show them the suffering of animals
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Climate change isn't a real problem
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Money is the best way to keep employees motivated
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Having fresh juice on a daily basis is good for our health
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Our education system is outdated and has little benefit to todays society
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Organic food is too expensive
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Beach holidays are the best
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Social media addiction is worse than drug addiction
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Plastic surgery is bad for society
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Facebook is the best place to advertise a local business
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Bullfighting in Spain is a tradition and should not be banned
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Footballers are paid too much
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There is nothing wrong with eating a low carb diet
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Holidays are a time to try new and adventurous activities
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Spring is the best time of year to go on holiday
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Social media does more harm than good
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Cash will not exist in ten years
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People should always wear sun cream when in the sun for more than 5 minutes
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Dogs are better pets than cats
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Ghosts are not real
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Women are no longer discriminated against in the workplace
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Eating out is always better than eating in
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People watch too much TV nowadays
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Winning the lottery will create more problems in your life
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Vegtables are healthier than fruit
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It's worse to forget your phone than your money when going on holiday
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Teleworking is more productive than working in an office
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People are more depressed nowadays than 50 years ago
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The carnivore diet is naturally what humans should be eating
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People who get up early are happier
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We don't need to eat more than one meal a day
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Traditional books are better than e-books
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Living a minimalistic living style makes you less stressed
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Giving money to charities is a bad idea
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We need at least 8 hours sleep every night
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If a woman hits a man then that man should be able to hit the woman
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The man should pay the bill on a first date
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The world would be a better place without borders
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New year's resolutions never work
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People should be wary of having a smart speaker in their home
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You should need a license to own a dog
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Governments should do more to encourage people to recycle
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Protests are the best way to bring about change
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The older you are the wiser you become

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