Author: Benjamin Koh

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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Announcing NSD Classes! Counterfactuals with Kris Wright- Hosted by Wesley Hu- Class 1 of 3

NSD is excited to announce its new podcast series, NSD Classes! The National Symposium for Debate is foremost a collective of educators, and we’re excited to provide NSD Classes as a free educational resource. Hosted by Wesley Hu, in each NSD Class, one of our instructors will teach a debate concept over the course of 3 episodes (classes). In our first class, NSD Senior Staff and Middle School Institute Director Kris Wright will be teaching Charles Mills’ Counterfactuals! Resources for the course are available below. We will be answering questions on air, so any questions or suggestions for other classes...

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Woodward 1st and 2nd Year Nationals 2017 Open for Registration

Woodward Academy in Atlanta is hosting our 30th annual First and Second Year National Championships on March 17-19. We offer First Year LD, Second Year LD, First Year Policy, and Second Year Policy. Our goal is to offer excellent LD and policy debates for our young students while maintaining the commitment to hospitality that includes complimentary meals for both coaches and students, a free shuttle service between the tournament hotel and our campus, high-quality judging, professional tabulation, and an enjoyable atmosphere that promotes competition and celebrates learning.  We are lucky to be able to host the tournament at “break even” levels so we can truly provide the best possible service to the debate community we enjoy so much! In the LD division, we already have commitments from teams from Georgia, Alabama, Minnesota, Ohio, California, and Nevada, so it truly will be a national event.  The full invitation is available at woodward.tabroom.com.   Thanks so much, Maggie Berthiaume Woodward...

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Structural Abuse, Substantive Advantages Part 2 of 3 by Salim Damerdji

In Structural Abuse, Substantive Advantages Part 2, Salim takes his argument into direct clash with Overing’s.  3.1 Recap Legitimate theory indicts abuse, not strategy. This raises the question: what’s the difference? The Burdens View claims that structural abuse – that is, real abuse – consists in establishing more winning conditions for yourself than for your opponent. In part one, I argued that The Burdens View fails for two reasons: it lacks a principled justification, and it deflates its own way of distinguishing abuse from strategy. So much for The Burdens View. In part three we will see if we...

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