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First, answer the question "why do I debate?" Because it's fun? Because it teaches you to communicate? Because you learn about cool topics? Because you want your ideas to be challenged? Because you love the community? Whatever it is, it's probably served by a productive and predictable model of debate. A less limited topic takes more time and effort to research and is more difficult for smaller teams. A shallow engagement with the topic results in boring, repetitive debates that don't evolve throughout the season. A less fair topic is unpredictable and unenjoyable and ruins the competitive and community elements that make debate great. When a team retreats from limits, retreats from clash, retreats from predictability and denies the value of disclosure, mutual respect, and genuine engagement, they're probably retreating from the activity we call debate. We all love it for different reasons, but we're all still here doing it.



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