Author: Benjamin Koh

Intro to K Strategy: The 2NR

Intro to K Strategy: The 2NR Katherine Fennell It is virtually impossible to go to a national circuit tournament in 2017 and not hear words like “racialized assemblage”, or “semiocapitalism”. With the increased popularity of critical literature, it is important for debaters to be able to execute strategic 2NRs. The goal of this article is to provide a general structure for 2NR strategy. This article does not address how to answer specific 1AR indicts to Ks, nor does it address under what conditions you should collapse to the K. Instead, I propose a way to start thinking about how...

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Does Debating Moral Issues Make You Moral? by JP Stuckert

Does Debating Moral Issues Make You Moral? JP Stuckert             We hear that LD debate is “values debate,” but what is the point of having a style of debate that differs from Policy or PF in this way? And what does this claim, which is often made in lay circuits and rounds, say to “circuit” debaters? One way of answering these questions is to consider whether debating moral issues makes students more moral . If this is the case, it could provide a justification to schools and parents with limited resources to devote time and money to LD; and...

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The 2017-2018 Bid List

Congratulations to everyone who bid at USC; that concludes the regular season! There are now 81 individuals qualified to the 2018 Tournament of Champions. 10 Bids Danielle Dosch- Immaculate Heart (Loyola, Greenhill, Presentation, St. Marks, Damus, Glenbrooks, Alta, CPS, Harvard-Westlake, USC)   9 Bids   8 Bids Chakra Jonnalagadda- Cypress Woods (Grapevine, St. Marks, UT, Strake Jesuit, Winston Churchill, University of Houston, Columbia, Emory) Lindsey Perlman- Byram Hills (Yale, Valley, Bronx, Scarsdale, Glenbrooks, Princeton, Lexington, Harvard) Shruthi Krishnan- Greenhill (Grapevine, St. Marks, Meadows, Apple Valley, Glenbrooks, Harvard-Westlake, Emory, Berkeley)   7 Bids Ishan Bhatt- St. Andrew’s Episcopal (Greenhill, Valley, Holy...

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Announcing NSD Briefs!

Check out NSD Briefs by clicking here! NSD is pleased to announce an exciting new debate briefs project. NSD’s briefs are a bit different than the ones with which you are probably familiar. Unlike other briefs, NSD’s briefs aim to give you resources and knowledge to help you win debates using a type of argument or position. To name a few examples, we have entrees on black nihilism, post-humanism, Wittgenstein, and borderlands. Accordingly, our briefs don’t give you an overview of the stock arguments on the current topic. Instead, they teach you how to construct arguments from a diverse...

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The 2016-2017 Bid List (USC, SWDI)

82 have qualified to the TOC. 52 have 1 bid. Congratulations to Alexandra for qualifying to the TOC! This concludes the regular season. Congratulations to Harrison’s Raffi Piliero and Peninsula’s Jonas Le Barillec for being the individual bid leaders for the 2016-2017!   Congratulations as well to Harvard-Westlake for being the Team Bid Leader for the season! 11 Bids-  Raffi Piliero- Harrison (Greenhill, Valley, Bronx, Apple Valley, Scarsdale, Glenbrooks, Princeton, Newark, Harvard-Westlake, Emory, Harvard) Jonas Le Barillec- Peninsula (Greenhill, Voices, St. Mark’s, Meadows, Damus, Glenbrooks, Harvard-Westlake, Emory, Stanford, Berkeley, USC) 10 Bids Evan Engel- Harvard-Westlake (Loyola, Greenhill, St. Mark’s, Glenbrooks, Alta, CPS, Emory,...

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