NSD 2013 Topic Analysis

This year, the National Symposium for Debate jettisoned the traditional, lecture-based, resolutional analysis lecture and replaced it with an online discussion. In this video, five NSD staffers-Alex Smith, Jeff Liu, Larry Liu, Elana Leone, and Ari Parker-discuss their thoughts on the 2013 institute topic: Resolved: The United States ought to prioritize the pursuit of national security objectives above the digital privacy of its citizens.

The panelists discuss the legal, policy, philosophical, and theoretical issues on the topic. They then structure potential cases and arguments for both sides.

Students, you should not view this discussion as a lecture, but rather as a springboard for some of your own ideas for cases for camp. Although it is not required for you to have cases by the start of camp, it is recommended that you at least begin researching the topic before you arrive.