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ro0t115 last won the day on January 6 2006

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  1. Kelcey O'Quinn Winston Churchill HS 07 / UT San Antonio Debating in college I debated for 4 years in high school. Due to district travel restrictions, the majority of our tournaments remained within the Texas boundary. However, i don't believe we finished any local san antonio/austin tournaments in less than the quarterfinals, and won the majority of them, the last two or three years including: reagan, warren, clark, jay, SFA, stony point, macarthur, etc. After maintaining a flawless prelim record, I lost in the quarterfinals of TFA state in 2007. I recieved a few speaker awards including 4th at the Glenbrooks, 7th at St. Marks, and 2nd at the UT round robbin (and numerous local top and second speaker awards). I also cleared at several national circuit tournaments including St. Marks and UT, and recieved a bid at UT after not dropping a ballot until the quarterfinals. I also attended NFL nationals twice. I have had experience both judging debates at camp and novice rounds at local tournaments, and I believe that I am a competent judge. I can judge in the San Antonio and Austin area, and possibly the Dallas area (depending on travel arrangements, and whether Churchill attends). My email is gimpy115@hotmail.com
  2. while i havent read it myself, The Anti-Oedipus Papers contains the notes which were used to write Anti-Oedipus...i have heard that it is good, and would probably help in understanding.
  3. yes, people SERVE within TIPS. at least that what our topicality evidence seems to indicate...and i dont understand why this even matters, the plan doesnt ever occur. everyone seems to think foucault is a good strategy but no one really said what the link would be...any one care to share?
  4. the books arent uncutable, they just make for an interesting read. one or several wolves (from A Thousand Plateaus) is almost totally a comical mimicry of psychoanlysis which can be an amazing criticism of lacan/psychoanalysis.
  5. thats not an advantage, its a mechanism for accessing something. we are one of the few teams that reads this aff (the only other one i know of is from oak park river forest) and our advantage deals with the way in which operation tips functions in relation to desire and anxiety. a full outline of the newest version of this aff was posted in another thread about a month or two ago. the other version of this aff (which i believe OPRF reads) is the one i originally cut for a camp file at northwestern last summer. the advantages discuss the implication of operation tips on homeland security ideology. also, almost no one in this thread seems to understand this affirmative. first, racism critiques dont link. second, states cp's dont solve. third, da's dont link (or matter). IM me if you need information about our affirmative and the critiques it involves, instead of thinking up strats to a case that you are understanding incorrectly.
  6. ro0t115

    Biopower good

    this is also Dillon's gripe about Ojakangas. but Ojakangas also responded to this response. you can find this interplay here: http://www.foucault-studies.com/no2/index.html his reading seems to be a bit more nietzschean than others, but still provides good argumentation for why biopolitics may be good.
  7. ro0t115


    its all from precarious life, fool.
  8. i think, ultimately, this is a distinction that need not be made (and i also dont think foucault makes this distinction anywhere). biopower would be the more general exercise of power for the subjugation of populations, while biopolitics would be the paritular form of governance and politics that necessitates and produces flows of control. biopolitics, then, would seem to just be a term utilized to describe the way in which this control is carried out by governments, rather than the more general relations of power. this, it seems, is problematic for foucault's criticism of sovereignty (in some ways). from the most obvious perspective, and from the foucaultian perspective, the concept of biopolitics would be applied strictly to a "political" realm - but what is this political realm? if the "biopower" you describe is already the exercise of power, it would seem that there is no need to further create the term "biopolitics," because we are already political. the world that we live in is a political one, but not because there is a government out there, because we are political as well. the seperation of these terms would seem to establish a distinction between the government and the individuals who dont come into contact with the government. your claim, then, that biopolitics comes about through the context of sex laws would make sense - it is a particular regulation exercised through the governmental institution. i guess, finally, my point is that there is a certain amount of caution necessary when discussing the seperation of biopower and biopolitics: the focus on governmental politics would run the risk of forgetting about all of the micro-centers of power which exercise biopower. so, coming full circle, if biopolitics is merely an expression used to describe the exercise of power by institutions which formulate politics, then its seperation from the concept of biopower would seem to entail much more of a risk of ignorance and blindness than the interchangable use of "-power" and "-politics". what good does this seperation do us?
  9. youre right...im also pretty sure that youre refering to the evidence that i cut with jeff glass (he's from your school right?) at camp a couple summers ago. none of this is mutually exclusive with a discussion of examination...i was just adding a bit more.
  10. torture is something carried out with the presence of sovereignty, the major problem is that sovereignty has transformed into biopolitics. the gradual disintegration of sovereign techniques (i.e. the brutal torture scene that Foucault describes at the very beginning of discipline and punish) has led way to a focus on rehabilitation, rather than torture. this is because it is no longer the crime that is punished, it is the criminal (Gary Gutting's Short Introduction to the Foucault is very very good on explaining disciplinarity and rehabilitation). and it's not necessarily that the general of the military is always watching over the troops, but that there is a framework which premises creation of knowledge about the new recruits as the basis for a new human. you seem to misunderstand the use and meaning of dossier and skip over its application and discussion in discipline and punish. dossiers are files of information kept on, in the context of the miltary, new recruits which are read by "armies of the anonymous." this is all just the normalizing judgement and hierarchical observation that join together to forumulate what Foucault calls in discipline and punish "examination." within the military, these examinations are very real and are a requirement for new recruits and practically define the very idea of "serving" in the military, and what it means to be an able body. this begs the question of micro-management, of disciplining not the body itself, but the small processes that the body undergoes (for example, as Gutting explains, the army asks soldiers not just to kill the enemy with this gun, but to hold the gun this way, raise it to their arm this, look down the sight this way, and shoot this way). perhaps this, being another tenant of modern biopolitics, is another way to characterize the difference between the necessity for torture in sovereignty and the necessity for smaller management, smaller discipline which dont focus on the body as a whole, but on the body as a collection of things to be governed and manipulated. after all, foucault concludes that power is not just repressive, it is productive...for example, there is not a prohibition on sexuality following the crisis of child masturbation in the west, but rather a judgement of the body...people say "have fun, have sex, masturbate...but be slim, good looking, tan, etc." in this way, there is a striving towards a particular concept of the human, which is solidified partially through things like military examination and the creation of dossiers on the mad and marginalized. finally, perhaps this talk of the sovereign is unfounded. indeed, foucault tries to warn the marxists of their focus on a king that isnt even there.
  11. winston churchill is applying as well.
  12. ro0t115


    there were some truely nietzschean jews who were in Aushwitz too... "We stumbled on in the darkness, over big stones and through large puddles, along the one road running through the camp. The accompanying guards kept shouting at us and driving us with the butts of their rifles. Anyone with very sore feet supported himself on his neighbor's arm. Hardly a word was spoken; the icy wind did not encourage talk. Hiding his hand behind his upturned collar, the man marching next to me whispered suddenly: "If our wives could see us now! I do hope they are better off in their camps and don't know what is happening to us." That brought thoughts of my own wife to mind. And as we stumbled on for miles, slipping on icy spots, supporting each other time and again, dragging one another on and upward, nothing was said, but we both knew: each of us was thinking of his wife. Occasionally I looked at the sky, where the stars were fading and the pink light of the morning was beginning to spread behind a dark bank of clouds. But my mind clung to my wife's image, imagining it with an uncanny acuteness. I heard her answering me, saw her smile, her frank and encouraging look. Real or not, her look then was more luminous than the sun which was beginning to rise. A thought transfixed me: for the first time in my life I saw the truth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdom by so many thinkers. The truth--that love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which man can aspire. Then I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of man is through love and in love. I understood how a man who has nothing left in this world may still know bliss, be it only for a brief moment, in the contemplation of his beloved. In a position of utter desolation, when a man cannot express himself in positive action, when his only achievement may consist in enduring his sufferings in the right way--an honorable way--in such a position man can, through loving contemplation of the image he carries of his beloved, achieve fulfillment. For the first time in my life, I was able to understand the words, "The angels are lost in perpetual contemplation of an infinite glory." In front of me a man stumbled and those following him fell on top of him. The guard rushed over and used his whip on them all. Thus my thoughts were interrupted for a few minutes. But soon my soul found its way back from the prisoners existence to another world, and I resumed talk with my loved one: I asked her questions, and she answered; she questioned me in return, and I answered... My mind still clung to the image of my wife. A thought crossed my mind: I didn't even know if she were still alive, and I had no means of finding out (during all my prison life there was no outgoing or incoming mail); but at that moment it ceased to matter. There was no need to know; nothing could touch the strength of my love, and the thoughts of my beloved. Had I known then that my wife was dead, I think that I still would have given myself, undisturbed by that knowledge, to the contemplation of that image, and that my mental conversation with her would have been just as vivid and just as satisfying. "Set me like a seal upon thy heart, love is as strong as death." (http://www.rjgeib.com/thoughts/frankl/frankl.html)
  13. ro0t115


    and the warrants spill off the page...
  14. ro0t115


    are you joking? you are forgetting the distinction between active and passive nihilism - the lack of alternative you describe would probably be a criticism of passive nihilism which is premised upon just letting things happen, stting back and watching the things happen. active nihilism, on the other hand, is different in that it is a creation of a new morality, a new form of living based on the love of fate where we actively participate in the world. after all, nietzsche doesnt advocate useless suffering, in fact he states that useless suffering is precisely that: useless - his claims of amor fati and their ties to affirming suffering exist in the context of the suffering of our daily lives, in the things we observe and experience. indeed, it seems that nietzsche is formulating one way in which useless suffering may be understood and reversed. nietzsche's criticism of socrates and the socratic dialectic structure also provide an avenue for approaching the "alternative" and framework for such a critique - some authors discuss the means by which socrates would set rules that constrain his games and discussions to the point where he would always win, and situate a nietzschean advocacy of agon as a fair battle between two powerfull individuals. the point of the game (i.e. debate) is not to catch your "opponent" by surprise with unfair positions, but to have a battle that brings out the best in every individual. in this case, the alternative does not have to be relegated to an abstract interpretation of passive nihilism, but to take up the very position of antagonism which makes amor fati so beautiful. another direction, of course, would be to discuss amor fati in another context (i.e. dance). some nietzscheans discuss the similarities between dance, speech, and life, claiming that we should "live life as if it were a beautiful dance." i think that if you focus the point of nieztsche's alternative on universal change, you miss the whole part about how important the individual is. hope this helps, somehow...or adds to the discussion.
  15. ro0t115


    we broke a new version of it at state. justin already described the new version elsewhere, and you have already read about it (judging by your post about it).
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