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  1. What well-advantaged debaters have known and others have neglected is the post-camp, pre-season research period is the most important of the entire year. It forms the bedrock of one's entire research infrastructure, and this camp is the ONLY one that can keep you productive and directed by intelligent, approachable people during that entire period. People who dismiss this as "camp lite" are insane. The reason it costs so little is because it is the way of the future. Nowhere is there such a high level of one-on-one instruction, and people who have asked me for help during the year can testify that there is nothing I enjoy more or am more committed to is giving back to the community in the form of the knowledge and research I have accumulated. Nothing can ensure season-long success like the services Digital Debate Camp offers, and the fact that it is such a low price is exceptional because of the equalizing effect of people who couldn't attend an expensive camp, and either went to a cheaper, shorter institute or none at all. The beauty is you can TELL US your situation and we can customize our work for you.
  2. You need to cut "god gave physics the easy problems" by bernstein et al. it is much better than menand.
  3. dntstoplaughing@gmail.com Same. Also, if you have gchat i would like to talk to you about agamben+animals+human rights
  4. do you also want my heg key to solve imperialism file?
  5. Permutations are deployed by the aff to prove the the aff and the alternative are not mutually exclusive, that is, they can both be done (usually) at the same time, and to do them both is better than doing the alternative alone. When you answer permutations, you should explain how the links to your critique make it so the alternative doesn't solve in the world where the plan happens. For example, reading psychoanalysis K of war against a hegemony food stamps aff, one of your at:perm/link arguments could be: "1. Fails- the passing of food stamps militarizes the entire body politic, maintaining our participation in sustaining the fantasy of hegemonic peace, ensuring scapegoating violence on the path to utopia." it is very important for the judge to be able to visualize exactly how your K link/internal link functions based on the plan, otherwise the aff will win on permutation arguments and case outweighs arguments based on the vagueness of your links and impacts.
  6. Uh, critique Levinas. Really, you'll be fine. Zizek, Badiou, Kappeler, Derrida, Dillion, Zupancic- all of these people develop in-depth criticisms of levinasian ethics which will turn, solve and outweigh the case. Just take a weekend to read all the literature and put together a few dozen pages. Most affirmatives will not be able to defend Levinasian ethics.
  7. wow. this is exceptional. in most link turn debates i've been in, the net benefit to the perm has been some kind of political mobilization argument. formulated (never in the 1AR) in the 2AR as something like this: "Yes, yes, we want a revolution. And, yes, our affirmative could be co-opted. But your revolution has no political program, and so it cannot motivate people to act. Our affirmative is necessary to form coalitions wihich will eventually overturn capitalism." I think this is a terrible strategy, but a lot of people go for it. The negative needs to knock out the last sentence of this strategy- these political coalitions will never challenge capitalism because their mobilization happened precisely to reform and invest themselves in capitalism. You have to do specific link and impact work to turn and contest the affirmative solvency story.
  8. Hey, I'm David from Westlake, and my partner John and I are looking for a personal coach that can help us conceptualize, write, and execute critical arguments. Presence at national tournaments would be necessary, although you would not have to be in the Austin area. You would be chiefly coaching us. If you're interested and would like more information, contact me at dntstoplaughing@gmail.com with your qualifications as soon as possible.
  9. Hey, I'm David from Westlake, and my partner John and I are looking for a personal coach that can help us conceptualize, write, and execute critical arguments. Presence at national tournaments would be necessary, although you would not have to be in the Austin area. You would be chiefly coaching us. If you're interested and would like more information, contact me at dntstoplaughing@gmail.com with your qualifications as soon as possible.
  10. p. 303 Lost Causes. It is in this very imbrication of brutal cynicism with wide-eyed belief that the objective irony of capitalism resides. One can thus imagine, a s a counterpoint to this virtual capitalism in which "real things" take place at a purely virtual level of financial transfers, totally disconnected from our ordinary reality, a purely virtual collapse, the collapse of virtual market as as an "end of the world" in which nothing in our material reality would "really change" — it is just that all of a sudden, people would refuse to give their trust, they would refuse to participate in the game . That is to say, the virtual status of money means that it functions like a nation: while the nation is the people's substance, the cause for which they are (sometimes) ready to sacrifice everything, it has no substantial reality of its own —it exists only insofar as people "believe" that it exists, it is a Cause posited retroactively by its own effects. One should then imagine a scenario similar to the one envisaged by Saramago in his Seeing (in which a people all of a sudden refuses to participate in voting) , only transposed to the economic domain : people refusing to participate in the financial virtual game. Perhaps, such a refusal would be today the ultimate political act. You make yourself look ridiculous when you say things like this.
  11. As long as you're reading defenses of the Act in the 1NC, you shouldn't read any evidence to answer these arguments. This is complicated shit, and both of these authors radically misinterpret Zizek in a way that makes them laughable. Obviously this depends on 2AC to commitment- if greenhill just spammed some robinson cards and highlighted 2 sentences of them you shouldn't take them seriously, but the way to beat someone who is actually going for robinson in the 2AR is to slow down and beat them to the punch on analysis and reframing interpretation of the Act, the value of violence, whether the revolution should be Deleuzian or Zizekian etc. If you want to post an argument or card you are having trouble answering, I can help.
  12. Although at first I was thinking: Thread: How do I run the Cap K? Ankur: Don't run the cap K! Run T for 8 minutes against topical cases. I realized I went for T for 8 minutes in the block almost every round sophomore year, which helped immensely for the rounds we went for 1ish off cap this year. Maybe trying a practice round or two along the lines of what Ankur is saying would be beneficial for you, OP.
  13. Uh... "Second (and more important, perhaps), the withdrawal expressed by “I would prefer not to” is not to be reduced to the attitude of “saying no to the Empire” but, first and foremost, to all the wealth of what I have called the rumspringa of resistance, all the forms of resisting which help the system to reproduce itself by ensuring our participation in it—today, “I would prefer not to” is not primarily “I would prefer not to participate in the market economy, in capitalist competition and profiteering,” but— much more problematically for some—“I would prefer not to give to charity to support a Black orphan in Africa, engage in the struggle to prevent oil-drilling in a wildlife swamp, send books to educate our liberal-feminist-spirited women in Afghanistan. . . .” A distance toward the direct hegemonic interpellation—“Involve yourself in market competition, be active and productive!”—is the very mode of operation of today’s ideology: today’s ideal subject says to himself: “I am well aware that the whole business of social competition and material success is just an empty game, that my true Self is elsewhere!” If anything, “I would prefer not to” expresses, rather, a refusal to play the “Western Buddhist” game of “social reality is just an illusory game.”"
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