Author: Benjamin Koh

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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Structural Abuse, Substantive Advantages P1: A Criticism of the Burdens View by Salim Damerdji

I thank Martin Sigalow and Chris Kymn for their helpful input for this article. 1. Intro Is theory just whining? Certainly, some theory arguments sound like whining; after all, some debaters claim that it is abusive to answer the affirmative’s framework because that makes it harder for them to win. But the community does seem to agree that practices like reading a prioris are legitimately abusive. So, when does a strategic advantage become an unfair advantage? The distinction between structural and substantive advantages aims to answer that question: structural advantages are real abuse; substantive advantages are just strategic[i]. As...

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Palo Alto’s Frances Zhuang Wins the 2017 University of Puget Sound Tournament

Congratulations to Palo Alto’s Frances Zhuang and Brentwood’s Kiley McKay for making it to the final round of the 2017 UPS Tournament. In lieu of a final round, Frances was declares the champion. Congratulations to both!   Quarterfinals (1) Palo Alto FZ def. (9) Interlake RM (Richie Ma) (10) Kamiak NB def. (2) Palo Alto CF (Colin Fee) (5) Gig Harbor CM def. (4) Palo Alto BH (Barry He) (14) Brentwood KM def. (11) Sprague LW (Lindsey Williams)   Semifinals (1) Palo Alto FZ def. (5) Gig Harbor CM (Colin McKay (14) Brentwood KM def. (10) Kamiak NB (Niko...

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