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    Ya boi Whit
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  1. this is a terrible practice and you should make a theory shell and destroy them on it.
  2. Idk. I just kinda feel like your overall analysis on arguments could be touched up and less racist. I mean I'm sure you're an OKAY debater, but you do seem pretty derogatory.

  3. Or just cut your own links to china. pretty easy with this topic.
  4. dont run couter Ks against DnG. just defend your reps and/or method and beat back the K offense. Unless the alt to DnG is rhizomatic though/ shizoanalysis... bc then you could kick the aff and run a bunch of counter Ks, play music, act wierd, take your clothes off etc, and claim prefiat solvency of the DnG alt bc youre being more rhizomatic. this is obvi risky bc most DnG debaters will be able to handle it, but its just food for thought
  5. Heads up. Dont buy ev. doesnt make you a good debater.
  6. Truer things have never been said.
  7. More specifically, the line of flight is the method in which we access a schizoanalytic approach. Our actions must be free and devoid of social constraints (stratifications) like people saying, "you cant wear that, be that, act like that, etc." The multiplicty is part of the assemblage theory of identity and is a construct unto itself. It doesnt necessarily have to have no prior reference, but is more or less used as a smaller version of an assemblage. (many multiplicities constitute an assemblage) (the orchid is a multiplicity and, when polinated by the wasp, which is also a multiplicity, they form an assemblage.) Confusing stuff, but if you get good at explaining it, and dont use so many buzzwords that the judge gets lost, D&G can fuckin slay.
  8. Bereft of values, our society demands images of suffering from others to replenish our moral sentiment. We exchange our pity for their pain, in a process that guarantees the suffering must continue. Baudrillard in 94 [Jean, September 28, "No Reprieve For Sarejevo"] The problem lies indeed in the nature of our reality. We have got only one, and it must be preserved. Even if it is by the use of the most heinous of all paroles: "One must do something. One cannot remain idle." Yet, to do something for the sole reason that one cannot do nothing never has been a valid principle for action, nor for liberty. At the most it is an excuse for one's own powerlessness and a token of self-pity. The people of Sarajevo are not bothered by such questions. Being where they are, they are in the absolute need to do what they do, to do the right thing. They harbour no illusion about the outcome and do not indulge in self-pity. This is what it means to be really existing, to exist within reality. And this reality has nothing to do with the so-called objective reality of their plight, which should not exist, and which we do so much deplore. This reality exits as such - it is the stark reality of action and destiny. This is why they are alive, while we are dead. This is why we feel the need to salvage the reality of war in our own eyes and to impose this reality (to be pitiable) upon those who suffer from it, but do not really believe in it, despite the fact they are in the midst of war and utter distress. Susan Sontag herself confesses in her diaries that the Bosnians do not really believe in the suffering which surrounds them. They end up finding the whole situation unreal, senseless, and unexplainable. It is hell, but hell of what may be termed a hyperreal kind, made even more hyperreal by the harassment of the media and the humanitarian agencies, because it renders the attitude of the world towards them even less unfathomable. Thus, they live in a kind of ghost-like war - which is fortunate, because otherwise, they would never have been able to stand up to it. These are not my words, by the way: they say it so. But then Susan Sontag, hailing herself from New York, must know better than them what reality is, since she has chosen them to incarnate it. Or maybe it is simply because reality is what she, and with her all the Western world, is lacking the most. To reconstitute reality, one needs to head to where blood flows. All these "corridors", opened by us to funnel our foodstuffs and our "culture" are in fact our lifelines along which we suck their moral strength and the energy of their distress. Yet another unequal exchange. And to those who have found in a radical delusion of reality (and this includes the belief in political rationality, which supposedly rules us, and which very much constitutes the principle of European reality) a kind of alternative courage, that is to survive a senseless situation, to these people Susan Sontag comes to convince them of the "reality" of their suffering, by making something cultural and something theatrical out of it, so that it can be useful as a referent within the theatre of western values, including "solidarity". But Susan Sontag herself is not the issue. She is merely a societal instance of what has become the general situation whereby toothless intellectuals swap their distress with the misery of the poor, both of them sustaining each other, both of them locked in a perverse agreement. This parallels the way the political class and civil society are swapping their respective misery: one throwing up corruption and scandals, the other its purposeless convulsions and its inertia. Thus, not so long ago, one could witness Bourdieu and Abbe Pierre offering themselves as televisual slaughtering lambs trading with each other pathetic language and sociological garble about poverty. Our whole society is thus on its way towards "commiseration" in the most literal sense of the word (under the cloak of ecumenical bathos). It looks like as if we are in the midst of an immense feeling of guilt, shared by intellectuals and politicians alike, and which is linked to the end of history and the downfall of values. Then, it has become necessary to replenish the pond of values, the pond of references, and to do so by using that smallest common denominator which is the suffering of the world, and in doing so, replenishing our game reserves with artificial fowls. "At the moment, it has become impossible to show anything else than suffering in the news broadcasts on television", reports David Schneidermann. Ours is a victim-society. I gather that society is merely expressing its own disappointment and longing for an impossible violence against itself. Everywhere, a New Intellectual Order is following on the heels of the New World Order. Everywhere, we see distress, misery and suffering becoming the basic stuff of the primitive scene. The status of victimhood, paired with human rights is the sole funeral ideology. Those who do not directly exploit it do it by proxy - there is no dearth of mediators who take some surplus value of financial or symbolic nature along the way. Loss and suffering, just like the global debt, are negotiable and for sale on the speculative market, that is, the intellectual-political market - which is in no way undermining the military-industrial complex of old & sinister days.
  9. Funny you should say that, because thats actually part of the 1AC XD
  10. ... all of these are japanese traditions? Tfw theey link to their own reps K.
  11. Hey everyone, I thought of a pretty cool idea that I made into a 1AC. Its a Taoism aff that delinks itself from all the Taoism bad args by operating through a heideggerian lens. The solvency mech is writing haikus and brewing tea with China Its P dank, and can be used in many ways. (I should stress that its very runnable, but you can probably imporve upon it to your liking.) Anyway, its Just the 1AC but you can pretty much beat any position by extending prempts from the AFF. PM me if youre interested in trading!
  12. While I think that policy is probably a better forum of debate, I can see why it is dying out. As someone who has shifted from policy to LD over the last year, I can 100% verify that accessibility is a, if not the, driving force. Its not becasue of the esoteric language that policy is dying, it's just wayyy harder to be successful as a policy team than it is to be successful in LD. This can be seen by the number of "lone wolf teams." (teams that compete without school funding.) How many Lone wolfs were at the TOC in policy? Becasue none come to mind. Contrast this to LD however, and I know of 5 off the top of my head that had positive records at the TOC in LD. Plus, LD is still taking arguments from policy (I always run policy cases in LD lol) which means the transition to an event that rewards individual success is highly preferable when the alternative is staying in an event dominated by a select few schools. That's just my analysis of the situation though, I'd love to hear other people's thoughts.
  13. Btw if anyone wants to debate a K aff for next years topic, pm me and we can probs skype debate.
  14. If youve got them, send them my way. Ive got alot of unbroken TOC prep. From Homecut kritiks to super unique homecut politics backfiles. Hmu if youre willing to trade.
  15. Normative obligations are derived from our ontological standpoint. If i view X without value, it is permissable for me use it. If i view X with value, I have a normative obligation to not use it. etc.
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