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Argumentative Speech Topics

Slightly Controversial Public Speaking Topics

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Argumentative speech topics are good fodder for speeches, debates, and discussions. All of these are slightly controversial, so don't get offended, just learn and have fun!

  • Politics. There's a reason you don't talk about politics over dinner. Pick a controversial political issue and you'll have your speech in the bag. But if you don't care about politics, consider...
  • Media regulation. Should the media be regulated? How far should free speech go?
  • Energy systems. What is the best way to produce electricity? What are the implications of each different infrastructural system? Is nuclear power better than coal?
  • Environment. How far should one go to protect the environment? Are people every hypocritical in their environmental convictions?
  • Economic systems. Capitalism seems to work well, but has it's flaws. And China is rising, but becoming more capitalist as it does so. Which economic system is best?
  • Privacy. How far should the right to privacy extend? Is it ok for the government to have cameras in all public places? What about in our homes?
  • Medical systems. Is a government-controlled or private practice medical system better?
  • Forms of government. Is a presidential or parlimentary system best? Common law or constitution? Is dictatorship ever justified?
  • Vigilantism. If the government doesn't enforce the law, should the people take it into their own hands?
  • Right to vote. Who should have the right to vote? What about convicted criminals? Should there be a voting heirarchy?

Good argumentative speech topics aren't one sided; none of these topics are one-sided, either, so be certain to do your research!

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