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  1. NickDB8

    Policy debate has fallen apart

    It doesn't. In fact, it allows us as individuals to have discussions about social issues regarding the plan, the topic, or debate as a whole. After taking a look at your post history... edit: RIP, spoiler box was only meant to hide screenshots for space. More text included in the box below the screenshots, although it was intended to be outside of it. edit 2: another link as to why the right hates philosophy in the debate space - this one authored by a HS debater! (https://www.reddit.com/r/Conservative/comments/afrmjd/disqualified_in_a_high_school_debate_for_quoting/?ref=share&ref_source=embed&utm_content=body&utm_medium=post_embed&utm_name=4d4b9b62cb044823abe9c6c891a6a829&utm_source=embedly&utm_term=afrmjd)
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    Can someone help me with this?

    Hot take: What good are mod privileges if no one is around to use them? The biggest instance that I can think of was the M*nhood Ac*demy flaming of 2017ish(?). This consisted of one or more users, including me, repeatedly messaging @Snarf to ban the accounts the troll was creating. I suggested an IP ban to prevent the creation of more accounts, to which I am told that only David could issue such ban. This site needs more mods. The few mods we have left aren't always the most active (heck, even Snarf's last visit was in November), which is understandable. After doing this for so many years, in a site with such little attention paid to it, I would probably start to slow down on it too. The majority of people I would like to see have a mod role have already left the site, and given the number of active users here, there isn't much to pick from anyway.
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    How do I go for T in the 2NR and when?

    This definitely read like an ASPCA commercial. For 32 cents a day, you can end the abuse that has happened in this debate. Donate now, and we'll include a free t shirt and a one month subscription to our magazine
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    Debating with braces & expander

    I had this same issue from frosh to jr year. You just kinda adapt. When you get them taken off, you'll probably have to adapt again.
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    Please help with this aff roll of the judge that ill have to debate

    you could also say you meet their role of the judge, because voting neg is ethical, <insert x reason why>
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    categorical imperative

    The categorical imperative is a Kantian concept that boils down to "something is moral if it can become a universal law". If one imagines a world where everyone acts according to this law and said world is chaotic, then this law is immoral. In your example, Kant would find lying immoral because of the second reason; no one would trust each other (in regards to the first option, Kant might have a bone to pick with people claiming to know a truth/Truth, it's been a minute since my last intro to philosophy class lol). Consider the following argument: Lying undermines trust Society cannot exist without trust Therefore, lying harms humanity as a whole An easy way to answer these arguments is to find a utilitarian counterexample. In the instance of lying, the common counterexample goes as follows. In other words, under the "law" that "one should not lie", you would be forced to out the location of your friend to the murderer, costing their life. With this in mind, one can create these "universal laws" (or "maxims", to be technical) to easily avoid those kinds of arguments, however. For instance, "One should always lie to murders if it will save someone's life", which is still (arguably) ethical under the categorical imperative, while still avoiding any reasons why broad maxims are bad. This does, however, get into the ideas of perfect and imperfect duties. I'm not sure what the context of the arguments you're making/responding to are, but this is the gist of it. Here's some stuff that may be of use, I consulted these while writing as well. https://www.csus.edu/indiv/g/gaskilld/ethics/kantian ethics.htm http://myweb.ecu.edu/mccartyr/GW/InquiringMurderer.asp
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    How should I address my opponent?

    In CX, I ask questions to my opponent, so I use "you" (ex: "you make the argument that x"). In speech time, I find myself talking to the judge, so I use "they" (ex: "they make the argument that x")
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    Kritiks v. Baudrillard Affs

    just bouncing ideas around lol
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    bataille help

    Bataille says a lot of things, but there are two main ways I've seen it run in debate. First, is the stuff about productivity. Most people will read the Featherstone evidence that says something along the lines of "the will to productivity leads to environmental destruction, biopolitics, and militarization", along with a link argument that says that the 1AC is an investment in productivity or attempting to maximize utility. The alternative, at least from what I've seen, is a form of sacrificial, unproductive expenditure, such as reading poetry in the round because it is a break away from productivity. This is, of course, a simplification of the argument, however. Second, there's the death stuff, which I am substantially less familiar with, so I won't try to explain it. Further, there's a card floating around about being vs becoming, also a thing I do not understand, but that is fairly less common. If you want some insight as to what these arguments look like evidence-wise, a search on the wiki from last year (or the China topic, even) for "Bataille" or "productivity".
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    Queer Literature

    Some other stuff that might be a good intro - Warner - The Trouble With Normal Stanley - Near Life, Queer Death Mary Nardini Gang - Towards A Queerest Insurrection The bottom two are short and should be relatively easy to find online; I've only read a hard copy of the Warner book, but it might be floating around
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    Going for NEOLIB GOOD in the 2AR!

    I think you can go for both in the 2AR as long as you have a "neoliberalism inevitable" argument somewhere in there - The 1AC likely isn't the one thing that will make-or-break neoliberalism, meaning that even if they try to concede the link turns and the impact turns, you still have the "neolib inev" arg to get you out of that
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    Kritiks v. Baudrillard Affs

    I heard of a cx against Baudrillard aff that was pretty much "is meaning static?" "of course not" "so does that mean no means no?" I always assumed this would be a better link, but I'm not a baudrillard debater
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    De-Dev: Help me out!

    Somewhat related, I think a good dedev 2AC should have a few things. Keep in mind I'm only a 1A, and also not a dedev pro. 1) Economic growth is sustainable - This means that a collapse won't happen, which is why I think the best econ advantages aren't based on collapse, but rather stagnation; when the economic growth slows, that's bad, but it stays growing none the less 2) There is no "limit" to growth - Will likely get you out of some of the Trainer evidence, might resolve an internal link to an environment impact to dedev 3) Growth good (this is likely in the 1AC) - Self explanatory 4) Growth solves the impact to dedev - Also self explanatory 5) No mindset shift - Even post economic collapse, people will still pursue growth
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    Best Nietzsche debaters?

    Drugs. He did lots of drugs. In regards to fascism, here's an excerpt from his wikipedia page.
  15. Looking for articles, books, journals, etc. on debate history, specifically things like cultural norms in debate. Ex: the Salt article that has a bunch of theory cards saying certain things aren't legitimate, the McKinney card (I think?) that says the politics DA is harmful to the activity, etc. Just looking for stuff to compare debate "back then" to how it is now.
  16. Welcome to the Second Annual Online Debate Tournament! This was a tradition started by the cross-x hero beck9696. The Online Debate Tournament will be a double-elimination bracket tournament. The tournament will begin at a date to be decided depending on entries. The topic for the tournament is “Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its funding and/or regulation of elementary and/or secondary education in the United States." If you are interested in participating, please leave a reply to this post. Debaters, once eliminated, may be expected to judge future rounds. If you plan on debating or judging, please reply to this post, including your judging paradigm. List of entries: Judges: Rules: Furthermore, we have received another sponsorship from Exodus Debate Files. Exodus will be providing the following prizes for the tournament. A $10 discount code for tournament winner A $5 discount code for second place 1st speaker gets a $5 discount code, 2nd speaker gets a $4 code, and so on to 5th speaker getting a $1 off code
  17. Yes, however, the level of activity from other participants seems to be declining. As I said above, this has stretched several months - I'm sure most want to be done already.
  18. Hello all, The ODT has finally concluded (phew, took long enough!). I will begin assigning speaker awards soon, and getting coupons worked out with Exodus in the next few coming days. If you think you are eligible for an award, be sure to keep an eye on your cross-x PMs. On another note, I would like to announce that I will not be hosting the ODT next year, however, would like to see it continue on. Some suggestions/changes/comments about how this year's was ran: - It took way too long. People lost interest. It spanned across multiple nationals tournaments, into debate camps, and even into preseason work. With that in mind, maybe don't do a double-bracket tournament next time. - Speaker awards are hard to tab in bracket format (I'll still give out the awards, however). - Many participants went inactive between registration and the actual start of the tournament. This is likely due to the gap between the two dates. - The "no public RFDs" thing was Kansas-inspired, and wasn't the best system to be honest. In case someone feels like hosting another ODT, feel free to leave comments on this year's ODT below. I will acknowledge I could have ran the tournament better, and perhaps my faults will be corrected by someone else in a future year. In closing, thanks to those who stuck through it all! It's been fun!
  19. If I could get an RFD - from literally anyone - I could start handing out awards.
  20. NickDB8

    I have a small question

    Good meme
  21. Still need RFDs. Accepting other judges to step in and provide, given the current ones have not done so in a timely manner.