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  1. As part of my research for my history major I'm trying to ground the emergence of kritikal debate historically in the context of the wider United States. How much discussion of the history of the K is there present in this handbook? If not much, are there other written records you could perhaps point me to?
  2. The UTNIF files from that year seem to be corrupted, and I can't tell just from looking at the names. whether or not the file is there. Thanks for trying though!
  3. Hello! I'm looking for an old aff from the social services topic 2009-2010, produced by UTNIF. It was called by the people on my team at the time "the Notorious B.I.G." aff because it provided a basic income guarantee. It discussed at length the differences between welfare and what it dubbed "workfare" after the 1996 Republican revolution in the House of Representatives. I've done some searching, but I remember that it wasn't available on Planet Debate, though they do have some weird counterplan that's similar. If anyone in the community has such a file, I'd love to have it. I have some good files on hand for trading if you want, but ideally I'd just like a copy emailed to me. I'm sure something can be arranged. Thanks in advance!
  4. Hello! I'm looking for an old aff from the social services topic 2009-2010, produced by UTNIF. It was called by the people on my team at the time "the Notorious B.I.G." aff because it provided a basic income guarantee. It discussed at length the differences between welfare and what it dubbed "workfare" after the 1996 Republican revolution in the House of Representatives. I've done some searching, but I remember that it wasn't available on Planet Debate, though they do have some weird counterplan that's similar. If anyone in the community has such a file, I'd love to have it. I have some good files on hand for trading if you want, but ideally I'd just like a copy emailed to me. I'm sure something can be arranged. Thanks in advance!
  5. That would be a debate I'd like to see.
  6. Austin and Paige are good, yes, but I don't know if they can be declared the absolute best in the state. There are other good debaters in their circuit - Dallas Nan and Jeremy Feldman in particular - who have done quite well this year. All in all, it's a good crop of senior debaters this year, and it's only halfway through the year.
  7. So, why is it okay for teams to run the Cap K and advocate Marxism, a communist revolution, and complete upheaval of society as we know it, which has historically lead to the Gulags and other horrors worse than lynchings, but not racism good? Even if not all out communist in the alternatives, many Cap K's endorse the destruction of capitalism, which necessarily entails something more strongly socialist arising. People have strong feelings against communism, too; American society can barely stand the concept or brand of socialism today, let alone full on communist thought. One is commonly advocated, though, and one isn't. Why?
  8. Not having gone to Gonzaga, I'm unqualified to speak for them or compare them directly. That said... 4. Whitman's college debate team is policy oriented. As a good number of the lab leaders are recruited directly from the team, this means that you will have lab leaders who are equally as policy oriented. However, Whitman makes an effort to get lab leaders from outside of the immediate confines of their team, which means you have a good injection of kritikal debating as well. The lab leaders all produce an equal number of each type of argument (DA, CP, K, Aff, etc.) for the camp, so it's not biased. Furthermore, since lab leaders lecture about the aspects of debate that form their strengths, you don't have to worry about your education on K's or policy being skewed. 5. My own personal experience on this is the most helpful I can give. I went to Whitman last year with one goal, and that was to learn how to be a K-hack. By the end of the camp, I was thinking kritikally, successfully going for the K in 2NR's, and fully understanding the K's I learned at camp. The skills I learned there weren't just specific to K's, either; I was able to start debating on military presence being able to fully understand, and even research and personally compile, K's of all sorts.
  9. Whitman and Gonzaga both have very good three week programs that I would recommend looking into. I don't know personally when the Gonzaga camp is, but Whitman seems to fit your schedule requirements perfectly.
  10. Followed by some arguments that that makes nations more willing to use nukes... I doubt Brilliant Pebbles would be able to catch all of them.
  11. tinkenator [at] gmail [dot] com This.
  12. In addition, that camp is probably the cheapest you're going to find. I've heard about the Rebel Debate Institute in Las Vegas, but I can't really say I've heard anything good or bad about it. California has some debate camps, too, if you're willing to do some traveling - SCFI and Berkeley, specifically. The one I can attest to personally is Whitman, though. As an Idaho debater, I found a good mix of other Idahoans and people from other states.
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    Schmitt K

    As a basic summary, yes. The way the kritik is structured most of the time is that the aff is trying to create peace, which gives them the moral authority to wage total wars to create that peace. However, if we fight for tangible gains only, we aren't going to feel motivated to carpetbomb hospitals and destroy evil nations, only defeat them in battle, so we can get that gain.
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    Schmitt K

    Both Hillman and Schmitt claim that war/violence is gonna happen. What Schmitt says is that wars nowadays are waged in the name of peace - the US is the leader of the free world, leading humanity towards peace and stability. Any nation that creates trouble, therefore, is seen as outside of the order of humanity and its goals - they are dehumanized, and wars against them are crusades of the good against the evil. Complete annihilation is justified. The alternative is a return to the friend/enemy dichotomy, back when wars waged between nations were destructive, yes, but limited.
  15. Aside from switch side debate good arguments being used against affs that aren't affirming the resolution (often times, kritikal affs), it's also used in debates against topical counterplans, because in those instances the neg is just debating the aff side of things. The most interesting answer to switch side debate good I've seen is from a team that claimed they only ran topical counterplans on the neg, and a kritik of the resolution on the aff. Switch side, sure, but definitely the wrong side.
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