On February 24, 2016, the YAL chapter at the University of Utah held a debate versus Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). The debate was moderated and lasted an hour with questions that were based on issues including: Education, Poverty, Debt, Imperialism, War, and Liberty.
The debate was intended to be a group debate with three from each team, however, SDS only provided one yet agreed to debate the three YAL team members. SDS is a group that generally holds extreme liberal and Marxist views on the issues.
YAL and SDS were able to agree on some certain aspects regarding war and imperialism and less so on the other issues. The questions that were asked were: Is education a right? How is it paid for? How do we mitigate poverty? How critical is the national debt in your group’s philosophy? What is imperialism? Does the US government operate under imperialism? What is the government’s role in protecting its citizens? What is Liberty? Does it matter? Each group gave opening and closing statements in addition to answering these questions.