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I'm not sure if there is already a thread for this, but which K do you think that would be the best to learn for this year's topic? I don't have much background K's or philosophy either, so if you could explain what the K talks about too that'd be awesome.

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Biopower is very solid. I've had ideas about a variety of identity K's (Islamophobia, Black Fem, Quare and Queer Theory), if you read the lit behind it, you can write a very solid K based on it. Given you have very little exposure to philosophy, I'd stick to something simple for now, unless you have the time to invest in reading Baudrillard, DnG, or some other pretty obscure authors. Just tell me which one you'd like me to explain and I'd be glad to.

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I'm not sure if there is already a thread for this, but which K do you think that would be the best to learn for this year's topic? I don't have much background K's or philosophy either, so if you could explain what the K talks about too that'd be awesome.

To back up jai127, I'd start with Biopower as one of the main authors of a lot of biopower literature is Foucault and his books, History of Sexuality and Discipline and Punish are easy to read in comparison to most philosophy literature.

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If you dont have  a background on K's start with Cap and Security the Card heavier K's where it teaches the structures meanwhile you needa read up on somethings that work well on the topic ( FEM SURVAILLANCE ) 

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To back up jai127, I'd start with Biopower as one of the main authors of a lot of biopower literature is Foucault and his books, History of Sexuality and Discipline and Punish are easy to read in comparison to most philosophy literature.

 

This is only true if you consider philosophy literature to only include continental philosophy.  Analytical philosophy is pretty much universally easier to read than Foucault, as is much non-German pre-20th century philosophy.

 

Which isn't to say you shouldn't read Foucault.  Definitely applicable to the topic.  But let's not pretend he's a paragon of clarity when he isn't.

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Look at my signature and revel in the mindfuck the Jean Baudrillard constructs in the very first sentence of Simulacra and Simulation

 

This is only true if you consider philosophy literature to only include continental philosophy.  Analytical philosophy is pretty much universally easier to read than Foucault, as is much non-German pre-20th century philosophy.

 

Which isn't to say you shouldn't read Foucault.  Definitely applicable to the topic.  But let's not pretend he's a paragon of clarity when he isn't.

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r u an expert in Baudrillard m8?

 

I r8 my db8 as an 8/8 m8 esp. with Baudrillard.

 

 

In all seriousness, probably not, but I understand what he's trying to say now after spending a large part of the summer working on him

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Some that come to mind

 

Queer/Quare/Kuaer Theory K

Anti-Blackness/Afro-Pessimism K

Agamben K

Foucault K

Tuck and Yang K - Academy, Settlerism, Pain Research

Suffering Representations K

DnG K

Irigaray K (Fem Security Links) 

Security K (Impact turns the entire aff with this rez)

Disaster Porn/Apoc Rhetoric K

Islamophobia K 

Infiltration K

Acharya K

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Some that come to mind

 

Queer/Quare/Kuaer Theory K

Anti-Blackness/Afro-Pessimism K

Agamben K

Foucault K

Tuck and Yang K - Academy, Settlerism, Pain Research

Suffering Representations K

DnG K

Irigaray K (Fem Security Links) 

Security K (Impact turns the entire aff with this rez)

Disaster Porn/Apoc Rhetoric K

Islamophobia K 

Infiltration K

Acharya K

Can you tell me a little about what Disaster Porn and Anti-Blackness is about and maybe some literature I should read up on? 

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Can you tell me a little about what Disaster Porn and Anti-Blackness is about and maybe some literature I should read up on? 

 

I'm on my phone (road trip) so this may not be as in depth as some may want to go but here:

 

Anti-Blackness kritiks discuss the oppression of the black people/body as ontological. Being black is the zero point of identity, they are ontologically murdered over and over again in modern day civil society. There are several different ways people will execute this kritik. You would argue that the affirmative usage of the United States Federal Government normalizes anti-black violence in the status quo because the state is anti-black and reinforces anti-blackness in itself. Or perhaps the starting point of the affirmative for example, Muslim Surveillance, or Mestiza Consciousness,  ignores the fundamental premise of racism which is anti-blackness. Many critical black authors will argue that we should conceptualize other identities (such as being Muslim) through blackness because blackness is the zero point, blackness is the worst and root cause of oppression. The alternative many people will read is what Frank Wilderson calls an "unflinching paradigmatic analysis". An "unflinching paradigmatic analysis" is essentially posing the questions of ethicacy on to the state - posing the question of whether or not the state is ethical is an important and first step/debate to be done to dismantle the anti-black state apparatus.

 

Afro-Pessimism which starts off on the same idea prescribes a different method altogether. Afro-Pessimists believe that there is no hope for change, the state will forever be anti-black, they are PESSIMISTIC about the idea of social change and black progress in the modern conceptions of civil society. They will argue that the only way to escape anti-blackness is to "burn down the state" as written by Farley's historical analysis of the slaves in Haiti. Within the debate space, this isn't something that we physically can or will do, rather it is a metaphor for voting neg as a radical act of disidentifying from the state and white hegemony.

 

For Anti-Blackness/Afro-Pessimism you'll want to read work by Farley, Sexton, and primarily Wilderson.

 

I posted a link to a pdf version of Wilderson's "Red White and Black" https://www.cross-x.com/topic/59190-wilderson-literature/

 

I am familiar with Disaster Porn, but I wouldn't be the best at explaining Baudrillard, and I'm tired of typing on my phone lol - if someone else could do it that would be great.

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Could someone explain what these Ks say:

Infiltration K

Acharya K

 

Thanks!

 

 

The Infiltration kritik is a black framework argument - this is something you would generally read against anti-blackness kritikal affirmatives. The K argues that to avoid a topical discussion reverts back to historical discriminatory educational practices utilized to disempower and subject blacks to inferior positions within society. In the 30's White people would refuse to give "Negros" political education because if they learnt about the constitution, learnt about their rights as Americans they would gain knowledge to topple white supremacy - Rejection of our responsibility to engage the state and legal institutions is in light of historic modes of racial exclusion – removing legal institution from the space kills black liberatory education and retrenches power structures. The alternative is to infiltrate oppressive institutions, engage the political, learn about the internal workings of white political apparatus to bring it down.

 

The Acharya Kritik is a criticism composed of Amitav Acharya's work in International Relations and Race Theory. Acharya writes primarily about ethnocentric tendencies, for this years resolution, domestic ethnocentrism and state exceptionality - the otherization of populations (racial populations for examples), putting state values before the people's values. This promotes a totalitarian society that justifies the modern security apparatus. The alternative is to frame policy through a lens of emancipatory theory, which I'm not entirely sure what it is, but ti's something along the lines of state action that takes into account the people.

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The Infiltration kritik is a black framework argument - this is something you would generally read against anti-blackness kritikal affirmatives. The K argues that to avoid a topical discussion reverts back to historical discriminatory educational practices utilized to disempower and subject blacks to inferior positions within society. In the 30's White people would refuse to give "Negros" political education because if they learnt about the constitution, learnt about their rights as Americans they would gain knowledge to topple white supremacy - Rejection of our responsibility to engage the state and legal institutions is in light of historic modes of racial exclusion – removing legal institution from the space kills black liberatory education and retrenches power structures. The alternative is to infiltrate oppressive institutions, engage the political, learn about the internal workings of white political apparatus to bring it down.

 

 

Do you have any articles or authors for this K? I want to look into it, but I don't know where to start. 

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Do you have any articles or authors for this K? I want to look into it, but I don't know where to start.

 

Read Carter Woodson's

The Miseducation of the Negro

That's where you'll find a lot of the turns specific to the black political imaginary.

 

In terms of the alt, I along with, others who I've seen read this argument read Robert Williams '70, the article is called BLACK REVOLUTION I think (might wanna verify)

 

You can probably find the Williams card in some AT Wilderson or framework files. Any engaging political good cards can work but Williams is little bit more specific to black liberation

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So, this topic is somewhat special in that it is a negative state action. Thus, a lot of your typical Ks aren't going to apply as well, though as many above have pointed out, someone with a decent grasp of the K's thesis will probably be able to prove a link on Ks like Biopower.

 

Personally, for someone relatively new to Ks, I would recommend you take a look at Cap and Legalism on this topic.

 

Thesis of the cap K is obvious; capitalism bad, plan perpetuates it, here's an alt that solves (there are a million alts on the cap K and I am no expert, so I won't recommend a specific one here.)

 

Legalism comes in a lot of different flavors, but it effectively holds that the state is bad, period, engaging with the state is never good even if it's well-intentioned. Several good camp files on this, it's an easy K to pick up, and once you are comfortable with basic Legalism many of the more complex Ks on this topic (Biopower (Agamben/Foucault, Anti-Blackness, most variants of Cap, Queer Theory, etc) will be a lot easier to run, because they really all have the same thesis as legalism (just for different reasons).

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Ok, I've heard of this multiple times. How does this even relate to the topic?

I would assume it relates about as much as most generic Ks do; very little, but enough to link. Really, anything that helps only humans can be linked to anthro.

 

Link would probably look something like "their representations of surveillance as a problem only for human subjects obscures even more insidious forms of surveillance being perpetrated against the non-human." It's basically a link of omission, not great in my opinion.

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Hit this at St. Marks:

 

Intrinsic within the word “curtail” is its original meaning—chopping off of an animal’s tail.

Barnette 2013 (Martha, Martha Barnette is co-host of the public-radio show A Way with Words, heard each week by listeners in more than 250 cities across North America, longtime journalist who’s passionate about language and lifelong learning, she holds an A.B. in English from Vassar College. She did graduate work in classical languages at the University of Kentucky and studied Spanish in Costa Rica at the ILISA Language Institute, before coming to radio, Martha worked as a reporter for the Washington Post and an editorial writer for the Louisville Courier-Journal. She’s the author of three books on word origins: A Garden of Words, Ladyfingers & Nun’s Tummies: A Lighthearted Look at How Foods Got Their Names, and Dog Days & Dandelions. She’s often quoted in the news media about language topics; Martha joined A Way with Words in 2004. She is president of Wayword, Inc., the 501©(3) nonprofit that produces and distributes the radio program, and depends on support from listeners and underwriters. Martha holds a Certificate in Fund Raising Management (CFRM) from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy., Dog Days and Dandelions: A Lively Guide to the Animal Meanings Behind Everyday Words, https://books.google.com/books?id=TW31AAAAQBAJ&pg=PT66&lpg=PT66&dq=curtail+animal+meaning&source=bl&ots=dFtaTNyOCh&sig=XomGKFBM9f7YEDrCFDeUP17o6ow&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CEYQ6AEwB2oVChMIvJT8qMb5xgIVUFeICh2PxA1g#v=onepage&q=curtail%20animal%20meaning&f=false, accessed 7/26/2015, KJH)

CURTAIL

Inside the word curtail is the obsolete English term curtal, which means “a horse with a docked tail.”  Curtal, in turn, is a descendent of the Latin words curtus, which means “short.”  It also produced the term curt that describes a reply that is short or abrupt. 

The equine term curtal was adapted from an obsolete French word, courtault, which denoted a wide range of things involving the quality or condition of being short—everything from a “short, dumpy man,” to a “short piece of artillery,” to a “short bassoon,” as well as an animal with a shortened tail.  Apparently influenced by the word tail and the Middle English word taillen, meaning “to cut,” the English word curtail eventually lengthened into curtail.  See BIDET.

By the late sixteenth century, curtail commonly meant “to make into a curtal by docking the tail,” as when a 1577 manual on farming said of one animal: “Hys tayle is . . . a great commoditie to him to beate away flies; yet some delight to have them curtailed, specially if they be broade buttockt.”  Over time this word’s meaning expanded beyond the action of lopping off animal tails to that of cutting off or abbreviating just about anything.  See DOCK.

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I would assume it relates about as much as most generic Ks do; very little, but enough to link. Really, anything that helps only humans can be linked to anthro.

 

Link would probably look something like "their representations of surveillance as a problem only for human subjects obscures even more insidious forms of surveillance being perpetrated against the non-human." It's basically a link of omission, not great in my opinion.

"Your creation of a human/non-human binary in the link debate turns the K -- we always thought humans are just another animal."

 

That + a perm would be enough to get me to vote aff in most scenarios. 

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"Your creation of a human/non-human binary in the link debate turns the K -- we always thought humans are just another animal."

 

That + a perm would be enough to get me to vote aff in most scenarios.

That's clever, you see, you can tell I am not a K debater :P. I have seen a lot of anthro teams represent human/non-human as a binary for the purpose of argumentation, and I guess that I never really considered it a problematic distinction.

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