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  1. you realize this is the team that won harvard, and has been doing very well late in the season. And also that half this team won the TOC last year. Gabe is the best debater I've seen all year*, and although they were inconsistent in out rounds towards the beginning of the season, their results of late indicate a deep run. Obviously this is all unpredictable, this year in particular, with so many excellent teams. It will be a great tournament. *I say this having debated Westminster FG, Centennial KP, and Westwood BR this year. I've also watched Caddo in out rounds.
  2. Of those the best are Westminster, Niles North, Caddo, Centennial, Blake and Pace. From those I would narrow it down to Caddo, Centennial, Pace and Westminster. The finals will be some combination of two of these four.
  3. Welcome to LD AC=1AC NC=1NC NR=2NR
  4. this is more theoretically legitimate but they are different things. Additionally allows the negative to get further arguments like footnoting or cooption.
  5. my aff this year was (probably) happening in the status quo, but it had an attitudinal and structural barrier. So it was inherent in the traditional sense, but not in the existential (actual) sense. This made it really funny when teams started to catch on and ask "wait, so if we have all the research to know your aff solves, then what's your inherent barrier?" (which is a fair point), then I would say "well, attitudinally the govt doesn't want to push through programs that resolve global warming because they're republican, and in a structural form permitting processes prevent extraction in the status quo." Surprisingly this worked because it redirected them to a theoretical form of inherency that most of them were unable to argue, because the concept of an inherent barrier is distinct from the idea of the aff physically occurring in the past/status quo.
  6. Perm do alt then plan is both severance and intrinsic which is pretty hard to do.
  7. I'm not attending camp (graduating), but about 6-7 of our novices are going to jdi, three seniors to 7wk (one only for weeks 2-6), two seniors to JDI.
  8. Nick Land is a Neonazi DA Your authors philosophy is grounded in neofascism – he thinks women should be limited to domestic servitude and that non-white races are inferior. The 1AC is a façade for spreading neofascist views – voting aff uniquely causes spread of Land’s ideas which are on the brink now Bartlett 14 Jamie Bartlett Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos, Specialises in online culture and the dark net. “Meet The Dark Enlightenment: sophisticated neo-fascism that's spreading fast on the net” The Telegraph January 20th 2014 http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/technology/jamiebartlett/100012093/meet-the-dark-enlightenment-sophisticated-neo-fascism-thats-spreading-fast-on-the-net/ PBM SME Since 2012 a sophisticated but bizarre online neo-fascist movement has been growing fast. It’s called "The Dark Enlightenment". Its modus operandi is well suited to a digital society. Supporters are dotted all over the world, connected via a handful of blogs and chat rooms. Its adherents are clever, angry white men patiently awaiting the collapse of civilisation, and a return to some kind of futuristic, ethno-centric feudalism. It started, suitably enough, with two blogs. Mencius Moldbug, a prolific blogger and computer whizz from San Francisco, and Nick Land, an eccentric British philosopher (previously co-founder of Warwick University’s Cybernetic Culture Research Unit) who in 2012 wrote the eponymous "The Dark Enlightenment", as a series of posts on his site. You can find them all here. The philosophy, difficult to pin down exactly, is a loose collection of neo-reactionary ideas, meaning a rejection of most modern thinking: democracy, liberty, and equality. Particular contempt is reserved for democracy, which Land believes "systematically consolidate and exacerbate[es] private vices, resentments, and deficiencies until they reach the level of collective criminality and comprehensive social corruption." The neo-fascist bit lies in the view that races aren’t equal (they obsess over IQ testing and pseudoscience that they claim proves racial differences, like the Ku Klux Klan) and that women are primarily suited for domestic servitude. They call this "Human biodiversity" – a neat little euphemism. This links directly to their desire to be rid of democracy: because if people aren’t equal, why live in a society in which everyone is treated equally? Some races are naturally better to rule than others, hence their support for various forms of aristocracy and monarchy (and not in the symbolic sense but the very real divine-right-of-kings-sense). The whole bankrupt edifice, they think, is maintained by what they call "The Cathedral" (what conspiracy theorists call the New World Order): a cabal of universities, newspapers, and establishment forces which perpetuate the status quo and prevent dissent. Whenever someone is arrested for a racist tweet, it is taken as proof that the Cathedral is pulling strings. You become darkly enlightened when you start to see these constructs for what they really are: modern atrocities that go against the natural order of things which must be torn down. It’s all a little bit like the movie The Matrix (and indeed some adherents refer to the Red and Blue Pill scene, in which the protagonist is offered a choice between blissful ignorance and painful reality). So how many have been enlightened? No one knows, but unlikely to be many. Yet. There is certainly a growing interest in this type of rejectionist philosophy and politics. As I argue in a forthcoming essay for the think-tank IPPR, radical anti-establishment politics of all shades are on the rise, driven by a growing belief (and surveys bear this out) that our current way of doing things – our parliamentary system, our judicial system, our economic system – don’t work. While researching my book about internet subcultures, I’ve bumped into plenty of online movements that reject democracy, believe in racial superiority and fantasise about a purer more "natural" life before the French Revolution or the Normans came along and ruined everything. The internet has transformed the ability of niche movements to gain support across the world: already the Dark Enlightenment has picked up interest from the bigger (though still tiny) New Right and other reactionary neo-fascist movements. By bringing together diverse elements of alternative Right-wing and fantastical rejection of the system into a single political philosophy for internet intellectuals, this could well grow. I’ll be keeping an eye on them, and report back here with any interesting developments as they happen. More stuff Land is a hack who can’t write and is a Nazi – not even in a “Nietzsche’s a Nazi” way – he’s actually a neo-nazi -- there’s no threat in his movement now, only a risk the aff changes that—his writing is intentionally vague to entice neofascismStanley 14 Tim Stanley, MA, Mphil, PhD in Modern History, “The 'neo-fascist' Dark Enlightenment is more sad than scary” The Telegraph Jan 22nd 2014 http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/timstanley/100255944/the-dark-enlightenment-is-more-sad-than-neo-fascist-scary/ PBM SME This paragraph is actually contained within a vaguely negative critique of white nationalism, but it's hard to tell it's intention because a) Land can't write and he appears to have a lot of sympathy for the discourse of "whites as victims". Land probably thinks that he walks a semantic line between reason and racism. But even just trying to do that is an indication of myopia and an invitation for Nazis to endorse him. There is no line to be walked between reason and racism. Racism and biological determinism are unscientific and immoral, and they have no place in a sane philosophy. Jamie interprets the rise of the Dark Enlightenment in terms of a resurgence of historical fascism. He maybe right. But I also think it's an insight into how desperate elements of the Right have become. They believe they've lost the battle for control of the West and would now like to withdraw from democracy altogether. Some are driven into the arms of Putin, some into the Far, Far Right and some up trees with guns. As such, the Dark Enlightenment is probably more tragic than it is scary. Or, at least, let's hope it stays that way. They say they don’t support that part of his philosophy but they do – his concepts about death, desire and excess are intrinsically intertwined with his Nazism and his conceptions of continental philosophy – to be a Nazi, according to Land, is a logical follow of Bataille, DnG and Nietzsche’s philosophy.-We obviously don’t advocate the language or the implication of this evidence – it just shows how screwed up Land is Land 93 Nick Land, Making it with Death, Nazbol.net [national bolshevism a pretty racist nationalist ideology] 1993 http://nazbol.net/library/authors/Nick%20Land/(1993)%20LAND%20--%20Making%20It%20with%20Death.pdf What if – instead of ‘How Do You Make Yourself A Body Without Organs?’ – one were to ask: how do you make yourself a Nazi? For this is far more strenuous than the 1980 diagnosis suggests. 1) Wherever there is impersonality and chance introduce conspiracy, lucidity. and malice. Look for enemies everywhere, ensuring that they are such that one than simultaneously envy and condemn them. Proliferate new subjectivities; racia1 subjects, national subjects, elites, secret societies, destinies. 2) Burn Freud, and take desire back to the Kantian conception of will. Wherever there is impulse represent it as choice, decision, the whole theatrical drama of volition. Introduce a gloomy atmosphere of oppressive responsibility by couching all discourses in the imperative form. 3) Revere the principle of the great individual. Personalize and mythicize historical processes. Love obedience above all things. and enthuse only for signs; the name of the leader, the symbol of the movement, and the icons of molar identity. 4) Foster nostalgia for what is maximally bovine, inflexible, and stagnant: a line of racially pure peasants digging the same patch of earth for eternity. 5) Above all. resent everything impetuous and irresponsible, insist upon unrelenting vigilance, crush sexuality under its reproductive function, rigidly enforce the domestication of women, distrust art,classicize cities to eliminate the disorder of uncontrolled flows, and persecute all minorities exhibiting a nomadic tendency. Trying not to be a Nazi approximates one to Nazism far more radically than any irresponsible impatience in destratification. Nazism might even be characterized as the pure politics of effort; the absolute dominion of the collective super-ego in its annihilating rigor. Nothing could be more politically disastrous than the launching of a moral case against Nazism: Nazism is morality itself; heir to Europe's respectable history; that of witchburnings, inquisitions, and pogroms. To want to be in the right is the common substratum of morality and genocidal reaction; the same desire for repression – organized in terms of the disapproving gaze of the father – that AntiOedipus analyzes with such power. Who could imagine Nazism without daddy? And who could imagine daddy being pre-figured in the energetic unconscious? Nazism can turn you into a stiff before the messy passage into death.Death is too simple. too fluid. too disdainful of races and fatherlands to have anything much to do with the Nazis. Ressentiment was something they knew about. as was the aspiration to a mythic sacrifice, a Götterdämmerung that would inscribe them in the history books, but these things never stretch to dissolution-desire. After all, lose control and you might end up fucking with a Jew, becoming effeminate, or creating something degenerate like a work of art. Does anyone really think that Nazism is like letting go? Theweleit's studies of Nazi body posture should be sufficient to disabuse one of such an absurdity. Nazism can turn you into a stiff before the messy passage into death.
  9. I'm pretty sure Obama actually delay CP'd to avoid the midterms disad. Actually.
  10. I'm pretty sure I got a lecture from bill english my freshman year 4 years ago. I didn't understand most of it cause I was a freshman who hadn't even been to a tournament yet and I had no idea why my coach sent me there lol
  11. I got a $290 ASUS which was the cheapest one available at microcenter. It works fine for me, but if you're interested/able to get something faster I would. Stick to PCs macs usually run verbatim worse than PCs (which verbatim is developed for in the first place). I chose mine because it's cost effective and replace-able and takes a lot to destroy (which is something that happens often for me)
  12. True in most instances, especially with the schools mentioned.
  13. No. Part if it is, but it they are on whole not topical. If any part of an aff is not topical it is, by definition, not topical. There is no such thing as partially topical, because going beyond the topic or only utilizing part of the topic is the same thing (as the end result) as being untopical. Yes you can argue minutia like "extra-t inevitable" (it's not, T doesn't determine the effects an action has, just the implementation of the action, also one fx topical step solves that offense) or bs like that, but it doesn't change that the aff being described above is on face untopical.
  14. Valid yes, but can easily be beaten: a) perm... yeah... definitively resolves the advantages because there's no disad to the aff (this could even be perm do the cp because the cp necessitates the aff's curtailment) b ) easy to make like 700 disads to complete abolishment. Risk of a da goes aff.
  15. thank you so much, I have nat quals coming up
  16. Any time you have more than one type of renewables you just pic out of one of them. There's no way every single one is necessary to solve and there's disads to each of them (pic out of turbines, kills biod). I think JDI put out a pics file for MHKs but I'm not sure it's on open evidence.
  17. I agree with the sentiment of this post etc, but to be fair, isn't it normally true that the military has to authorize presentations? This might not be the full story presented here.
  18. Yes, I know, I guess I was saying that he's technically talking about both, but I see your point.
  19. Neither actually, its definitively extra-t.
  20. we went for a floating pik on the ptx da
  21. Oh I agree 100%, my only thing is read theory against floating PIKs even if they don't call it that in 1NC cx, as it takes like 2 seconds. Because if they dodge the question "can it be a floating pik" with something like "welllll" etc, then read the violation anyway, because it doesn't take much time.
  22. The problem is that the neg might say "of course not" run a floating PIK but won't call it that. It's probably better to ensure they can't get away with anything sketchy, because if they're gonna run a floating PIK they're gonna do something sketchy anyway. Octofinals of KCKCC last year the other team asked us if "aff possible in world of the alt" we said "maybe" and it made them very angry. I'm not saying you should do what I did, but still, watch out for people who pull cheap tricks like junior year me and ensure that they don't do anything wrong. This year we have read a floating piks bad 2AC block against every k just in case (it's just a one line argument, and isn't hard to make), if they make one we can expand upon it and it forces them to answer it, making it obvious that they are making one if they have to read their PIKs good block in the 2NC.
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