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  3. Be sure to download Champion Briefs' March/April Lincoln-Douglas Brief for more analysis, tons of evidence, and more tools to help make you a Champion! https://championbriefs.com/store/janfeb2014ld Resolved: Developing countries should prioritize environmental protection over resource extraction when the two are in conflict. Introduction The 2013 January/February resolution also acts as the Tournament of Champions topic so it entails a longer period of debate. I noticed as a competitor that longer debates mean that Aff cases I could win with in January were different than those that I could win with in April. This fact personally altered the types of strategies I would be inclined to run during the totality of the Jan/Feb topic. Personally, I would save the positions that I thought were the most strategic for the TOC, and engage on more topical debates during Jan/Feb tournaments to have a refined understanding of the best stock arguments. My topic analysis will, thus, explore dual-interpretations of the topic: “developing countries should prioritize environmental protection over resource extraction when the two conflict,†as some interpretations will be best suited for stock topical debate, while others may be appropriate in isolated strategic circumstances. Basic structural features about phrases in the resolution make this topic good for debaters who want to run unique interpretations in rounds. I never debated a topic that used the word “should,†so that initially stuck out to me after a first reading of the topic. “Should†functions as the evaluative term for this resolution. Evaluative terms are verbs that generate the source of burdens for both debaters. Typically, at least in the days of my debate career, resolutions used words or phrases like: ought, ought not, justified, unjustified, is permissible, is not permissible. Never have I ever seen a topic use the word “shouldâ€; so, to be honest, I initially laughed at the resolution thinking about the new ways debaters can spin the evaluative term “should†to alter traditional affirmative and negative burdens. Minimally, debaters need to be prepared to precisely define “should†to offset their opponent’s definition. On a more general note, however, the resolution seems extremely broad—another reason why interpretative issues will remain highly important. The resolution gives us the terms, “environmental protection,†and “resource extraction.†The vagueness of protection and extraction means that the resolution does not have many natural topical limits. There are infinite policies that states can justify in the name of environmental protection or resource extraction; this resolution uniquely allows debaters to employ radically distinct ground under topical interpretations of these terms as they seek fit. In this way, the core substance of the resolution is itself up for debate—in thinking about the topic then, debaters should feel prepared to discuss, research, and investigate a plethora of different types of examples of protecting the environment and extracting resources. Indeed, the vagueness of these terms should force debaters to think about crafting uniquely strategic cases that get out of traditional pitfalls that stock debate entails for their respective side. Finally, the phrase “when the two conflict†confuses me for multiple reasons, and I’m sure will provide for non-clashing debates. The resolution employs two conceivable plural subjects, first a plural subject “developing countries†and a double comparison between “environmental protection†and “resource extraction.†As such, the pronoun “two†at the end of the resolution, in the phrase “when the two conflict†becomes unclear—what exactly is the conflict of the resolution? Is the conflict between two developing countries, or is it a general conflict between environment and economy? There are multiple different types of cases that different interpretations of the phrase “when the two conflict†can bring about. As such, debaters must take the time to carefully choose interpretations of the NFL’s 2013 Jan/Feb resolution. Key Terms Developing Countries: This term will be the source of many T and kritikal positions. Negs will run topicality based upon what particular conception of developing countries the Aff chooses to defend in round. There are multiple interpretations of “developing countries.†On the one hand, developing countries are states that are developing, so the resolution may be a question about the obligations of all states in the world. In topic literature however, the term of art “developing countries†seems to be exclusive of developed countries, in which the modifier “developing†carries the connotation of that the country is “less-developed.†Under such an interpretation, the Aff would defend the resolution as a question only about third world nations. In this sense, topicality can inevitably be run on which of the two interpretations of “developing countries†the Aff chooses to defend. More importantly, the latter interpretation of “developing countries,†which paints these countries as having lesser or worse off living standards than first world countries, seems to open up good kritikal and possibly even pre-fiat ground for negatives to criticize affirmative’s discourse. To compensate, many Affs will specify a group of countries internationally recognized as and considered to be developing. Specification of particular developing countries will be very common for the duration of the topic so debaters should feel the need to explore countries they are interested in and think about unique cases for those countries. The most substantively engaging positions will be ones that are the most in-depth and use great empirical evidence. My favorite thing about the new resolution is the use of a new evaluative term, should. This topic forces debaters to come up with new round-applicable interpretations of the word “should.†“Should†implies there is reason that motivates action. The substance of the reason that motivates action is not a specified condition of the word should. In this sense, “should†differs from words like ought, because ought seems to imply a moral obligation so fuels the normativity of morality in debate rounds. Should does not seem to imply morality. This leaves the gaping question, what type of reason is sufficient to argue for the prioritization of environmental protection over resource extraction? Because of this, I think this topic uniquely encourages debaters to investigate different political theories that motivate state action. Arguments about the cosmopolitan, realist, or moral nature of the state should be clarified or defended in frameworks of affirmative cases, otherwise I think debates may lack clash. Additionally, I think both sides can make new types of permissibility arguments regarding the nature of should, and, as such, new clash over permissibility will exist on this topic. Debaters should challenge themselves to think of warrants for permissibility for each side based off the word should, and be prepared to defend against converse interpretations. On a different note, “should†seems to imply a very straight forward efficacy-based interpretation of the resolution, so “should†can be argued to wholly justify a comparative worlds util-based policy approach to adjudicating rounds. I suspect this will motivate a great majority of debaters to run plans. Prioritize is one of the more straight-forward terms in the resolution as it seems to imply the aff must show environmental protection should come before issues of resource extraction when the two conflict. But, debaters can always find a way to problematize even the seemingly most innocuous word like prioritize. Affirmatives must be careful to watch for negative debaters who try to argue the resolution is false based upon a nuance in the meaning of the word prioritize. Environmental Protection is officially defined by the Organisation for Economic co-Operation and Development: “Environmental protection refers to any activity to maintain or restore the quality of environmental media through preventing the emission of pollutants or reducing the presence of polluting substances in environmental media. It may consist of: (a) changes in characteristics of goods and services, ( changes in consumption patterns, © changes in production techniques, (d) treatment or disposal of residuals in separate environmental protection facilities, (e) recycling, and (f) prevention of degradation of the landscape and ecosystems.†The vast number of actions that qualify as “Environmental Protection†means the affirmative likely has a lot of ground to cover and should pick a policy that appeals to them. Alternatively, the resolution may be interpreted as a more general question, in which the principle of protecting the environment is the source of affirmative ground. In such a case, specification would be unnecessary as the resolution would be a more abstract question. On a different level, “environmental protection†is vague, which leads me to ask myself a few questions. Does the Aff assume solvency for environmental protection? Can the Neg win by proving that environmental protection is impossible? Conversely, does the Aff win merely by proving they help the environment? Although some will probably try to argue such positions are sufficient, logically, I think they are not due to the word “over.†Over implies the Aff has the burden to prove environmental protection must specifically be prioritized above resource extraction. As such, does this mean the Aff must not only prove that they can protect the environment and that protecting the environment is good, but also that resource extraction is bad? This seems to imply a rather large burden of proof for affirmatives, something strategic negative debaters should strive to exploit. Resource extraction is convoluted because there are questions of what counts as a resource, who is extracting the resources in the resolution, and if such resource extraction is the cause to environmental degradation claims that Affs will be making. I think that negatives should invest in specific examples, or counter plans, that defend a specific resource extraction. The ambiguity over resource extraction means that the Neg will likely be able to choose from multiple types of counter plans, ranging from actor CPs, advantage CPs, PICs, to normal CPs arguing for a specified implementation of resource extraction against environmental protection policies. Potential problems for specification arise out of concerns that the Neg’s counterplan need be specific to the environmental problem that the Aff specifies; debaters must be prepared to theoretically defend the interpretation they deem best. “When the two conflict,†is a phrase that the framers of the resolution use to purposefully instill clash in rounds between the principles of environmental protection and resource extraction. The problem however, is this might give the Aff a burden to prove that there exists a specific conflict between environmental protection and resource extraction. In other words, can the negative win by proving resource extraction and environmental protection do not conflict? In my mind, the framer’s include the phrase “when the two conflict†to prohibit negatives from winning rounds in this way. Notice, this has larger strategic implications for negative counterplans since affirmatives can argue that the phrase “when the two conflict†refers to counterplans that solve for environmental protection harms being unfair. Minimally, I think the phrase “when the two conflict†has the potential for breeding frivolous apriori and T debates based upon the words “two†and “conflict.†Concerns A) Debatable Interpretations of the phrase: “developing countries should prioritize environmental protection over resource extraction when the two conflict.†Thinking about putting together the key terms to form a single coherent interpretation of the resolution is daunting, but reasonable, debatable interpretations of this resolution will resemble: 1. Benefits of environmental protection outweigh those of resource extraction when the two conflict, so affirm. 2. Two developing countries are conflicting over a specific environment-resource issue, and environment should come first. 3. As a global community, all developing countries have obligations to prioritize environmental protection. This third interpretation gives rise to positions about environmental obligations, what will function as the source of vast Affirmative topic literature. Indeed, arguments about the existence of moral obligations against resource extraction will make up a great basis of affirmative philosophical ground. Negatives will strive to provide reasoning why resource extraction is normatively good for the state. As such, the clash of the substantive debate is very predictable. Good Empirics. Debaters will want to defend empirical scenarios that they find interesting. Boring, antiquated policy DA’s about environmental disasters in the nineties will be accounted for on this topic. As such, debaters will need to cut new empirics about environmental disasters, extinction, and diseases. Much like with the Nuclear Weapons topic, when debate about nuclear extinction became more contested, typical extinction scenarios were prepared for, so new environmental extinction scenarios ought to be justified with empirics from the status quo. C) Negative’s and T. This resolution will have tons of Topicality issues. The Neg will most likely be able to garner violations from any term in the resolution which presents a challenge to Aff debaters. Aff debaters should think about embedding their own affirmative cases with offensive theory. Negatives could possibly violate the offensive theory that Affs lay out in the constructive structurally offsetting Negative advantages on the T debate. Offensive theory for the Aff can speak to anything from specifying which types of Neg counterplans are unfair to limiting the type of ground resource extraction that the Neg can access. Having embedded theory in the constructive will allow debaters to combat negatives reading a lot of theory in the 1NC by garnering new offensive theory violations in the 1AR. Affirmative Positions Beyond interpretational issues remains the substance of the topical debate: whether developing countries should choose to protect their environment rather than extract resources. Util AC. The most stock approach to this resolution on the Aff will be arguments that trace the route of all bad impacts back to environmental degradation in an effort to argue environmental protection must be prioritized over resource extraction. For these affirmatives to be topical however, this Aff case will need to speak to a few justificatory steps. First, any affirmative case that wants to win off of environmental destruction being bad must win inherency evidence and reasoning why there is a current crisis in the status quo that can be solved. Second, for this scenario to be topical, the Aff must show that a source of environmental degradation conflicts with resource extraction. The big question for the Aff is whether the Aff has to prove resource extraction always upsets the environment or just sometimes. Util affirmatives would be more strategic if they defined a particular form of environmental protection that is uniquely beneficial. This will allow the Aff to wield highly specific evidence about an environmental disaster resulting directly from resource extraction to strategically prevent the Neg from garnering benefits from resource extraction. As the topic expands, there will be a myriad of different util plans that affirmatives run. Affirmative debaters should stay open-minded about the plan they run and should feel free to explore different types of positions. This topic lends itself to very interesting ground and has few limits so debaters should feel comfortable pushing their research limits to try to find a position no one on the circuit has heard. At the TOC, some of the best cases are plans that are new positions that other people have not heard before so are ill-prepared for. This means one thought debaters should have in their head when researching for the plan-util debate is how predictable their plan is, and if there are ways to make the plan more strategic. On the contention level, Aff cases should focus on rigorous impact scenarios explaining that environmental degradation may reach the point of no return so there exists a status-quo obligation to deprioritize resource extraction. Evidence that speaks to this question will definitely make these cases more strategic. Debaters running this case need to be prepared to compare impacts of environmental degradation to the multi-billion dollar benefits derived from resource extraction. Comparison may come in the form of weighing impacts but alternatively, and more strategically, ought to come from an interpretation of what impacts are most important under util, IE what truly makes us most happy. Such a framework move can help affirmatives when wading between arguments in the 1AR. Deontology AC. This affirmative position will argue the principle of preserving the environment for people to be treated as ends in themselves deontologically justifies developing states prioritizing environmental protection over resource extraction. This AC will most likely have Kantian based framework, but could also be combined with cosmopolitan-esque arguments to justify unique obligations between preserving land and humanity’s unconditional end status. The framework for this case must begin with an interpretation of what type of reason is sufficient to justify why developing countries should do something. Practical reason surely could be used as a meta-ethical warrant for why the standard must be deontological. The Aff would then need to provide links between deontology and practical reason. From there, this Aff could argue that the state has unique obligations as a political actor, and that global obligations create particular cosmopolitan duties. These arguments are not necessary for this framework to function, but could add critical strategic value in preempting likely Neg self-interest frameworks. Once the Aff justifies a deontological standard, there exists a plethora of substantive contention level arguments that the Aff can explore as to why environmental protection ought to be prioritized above resource degradation. Affs can argue that the environment is the source in which humanity’s existence lies, so is the ground for people to actualize practical reason. This would likely provide moral obligations for the government to protect the environment as a basis for its constituent’s ability to reason and be valued as ends. An alternative form of offense to a deontology standard on this topic can be found through deontic criticism of self-interest, and resulting prohibition of resource extraction. International Contracts AC. A third type of affirmative position will be an AC about international contracts that developing countries agree to speaking in favor of prioritizing environmental protection over resource extraction. UN agreements as well as multiple International Environmental Agreements (IEA) would be the source of sufficient Aff ground. Interestingly though, this Aff need not take the framework of a typical legal-contract affirmative. There are two main routes of constructing a strategic contract-affirmative on this topic. Both lend themselves to different types of debate as one will embrace a legal (or possibly skeptical) form of obligation, and the other will most likely be utilitarian and resemble a plan-like Aff. Both have unique strategic upshots. The legal contracts standard will trace reasons why developing countries have legal obligation to follow contractual agreements. These arguments can be derived from the nature of states identity as legal actors, or morally from the nature of following promises and agreements. This Aff can justify a framework of following international contracts by simply adopting a standard of following international contracts. This standard can appeal to states having the utmost obligation to follow international contracts from multiple normative perspectives beyond legal issues. For example, the affirmative can push the terrible political impacts that states experience from not following international contracts. A standard justifying international law from a utilitarian or ends-based perspective can allow this AC to be run in plan-like fashion. The contention level consists of reading a few international contracts that developing countries agree to which speak in favor of prioritizing policies of environmental protection. A more strategic contention level argument in my eyes would explore the specific agreements that developing countries have in the status quo and why those international agreements are necessary to procure long-term prosperity in the region. Lots of topic literature about developing countries speaks to the multilateral conditions imposed on countries from environmental degradation. Harms from the environment transcend boundaries, so if the cause of environmental damage is in one country, it may affect others around it. This provides countries with reasons to adopt agreements through international contracts with other countries to prioritize the protection of the environment. For this reason, international contract AC’s are extremely topical and interestingly substantive on this resolution. Affirmative Positions Realism NC. The most obvious negative position is a realism Neg. The Neg justifies a standard of self-interest to logically argue that developing countries should prioritize resource extraction. This Neg would be strategic because it could probably be very short, and would likely clash with the Aff’s standard very well. Realism Negs can be framed as amoral, so would allow negatives to possibly employ skepticism against Aff standards. Beyond that, however, realism will likely conflict with most affirmatives that describe universal or external obligations on states to prioritize the environment. Realism explains that states act in self-interest so are not concerned with global problems. Contention level arguments will be related to the nature of the resolution. Simply, resource extraction benefits self-interest more than environmental protection. The Neg can explain that the principles of resource extraction align strongly with those of realism, so states should not prioritize environmental protection. Realism argues that states should be allowed to do whatever they want in their borders, and so strongly justifies developing countries extracting resources within their sovereign boundaries. But, negatives may also want to have impact scenarios that demonstrate the benefits to self-interest from empirical resource extraction scenarios to combat affirmative arguments of environmental harm. Note that to prevent a normal util debate, this realism NC ought to be constructed in a more philosophical lens. Resource Extraction CP. A different negative approach to the resolution will be a type of counter plan that specifies a scenario of resource extraction that is justified in a policy-making context. The way this NC becomes strategic is not necessarily based in its end-based impacts, but rather on advantage-solving structure. Thus, the most strategic counterplan on this topic is one that extracts natural resources to solve environmental problems, and then additionally accrues other benefits. There are overall strategic questions of whether the Neg is burdened to show that the CP has additional advantage beyond environmental solution. Can the Neg win by merely proving that resource extraction is necessary for and solves environmental protection? I think negatives certainly may want to make this claim. Kritique of Developing Countries. Another strategic negative position that will most likely garner strong violations every round is a criticism of the affirmative’s focus on developing countries. When affirming, debaters are tied to the rhetoric of the resolution. The term “Developing Countries†historically attaches itself to the recognition of an inferior class of people so has colonially oppressive and racist content latent within it. As such, negative debaters will likely be able to garner criticism related to the dehumanizing discursive effect of labeling people and countries as developing. This K is strategic in a few different ways, starting from the standard it should function under. The standard of the K could be a standard for judging appropriate discourse. The Neg would begin by explaining the normative importance of discourse. Then, they would derive a specific framework for analyzing discourse as appropriate or not. This framework would explain why the rhetoric that the Aff embraces is discursively oppressive and harmful, so ought to be voted down. In this way, the K would inherently function pre-fiat, so before the post-fiat arguments of the affirmative. Thus, on a structural level, a Neg K run on the Aff about their harmful discourse would allow the Neg to strategically function on a level higher than the AC. Good luck in the coming months! About Michael Fried Michael Fried attended and competed for University School of Nova Southeastern University and graduated in May, 2012. He competed in LD Debate throughout his entire four years of high school. He qualified to the Tournament of Champions three times, reaching Semifinals as a Junior and Octos as a Senior. He won Apple Valley, the Crestian Classic, the Florida State Championship (twice), the Dowling Invitational, and The Dowling and Harvard Round Robins. In addition, he was a finalist at the Greenhill Invitational and reached late outrounds at the Glenbrooks, Emory, Blake, Valley, Harvard, and the Bronx Invitational. In total he amassed 14 TOC bids. This past year, he coached the 5th ever Freshman to qualify to the Tournament of Champions and a student to the Finals of the Emory Tournament. Michael is currently a sophomore at UC Berkeley. Be sure to download Champion Briefs' March/April Lincoln-Douglas Brief for more analysis, tons of evidence, and more tools to help make you a Champion! https://championbriefs.com/store/janfeb2014ld
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  5. Title says it all, if I do decide to go to a school that has college policy (I have a few on my list, and I like them all for reasons other than having debate), will it be a rather large transition? Is it a lot of work, so much that it would detract from my schoolwork? (and if anyone is wondering, the main schools with debate I'm looking at are Cornell and Binghamton)
  6. Awesomepants3

    Trade Camp Files (2013-2014)

    I have the Scufi Evidence that I'm would like to trade for someone else's camp files
  7. bammytess

    Help , 1st year LDer

    I'm a first year LD debater, going to CLD/VLD in three weeks. CPs, Disads, and Ks, are to be expected at this tournament. We haven't learned how to write nor answer any of these. Not looking to write any currently but I have no clue how to answer them. Or what to expect with them. I'm really freaking out for this tournament.. Any help appreciated.
  8. braininthavat

    LDer doing policy at districts

    I'm a novice LD debater this year and have a significantly better chance of doing well at districts in policy rather than LD (trust me, I don't really need to worry about the experience gap in my state). I know a lot about policy through what applies from LD and I also competed in policy at an earlier tournament. So, I was just curious as to what arguments have been the most prominent with the current HS resolution that I should prepare to see. Also, are there any rounds with good sound quality online that I could use for flowing practice?
  9. Awesomepants3

    March April 2014 Prep

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  10. Awesomepants3

    Aerosol DA

    I just finished an Aerosol Disad and I was curious as to what answers I should be expecting? BTW I'm competing at Berkley Next Month
  11. mauchline

    LD Novice Topic Files

    I am new to LD for this upcoming season and was wondering if anyone had any files for the September- October novice topic that they would be willing to trade. The Resolution is... Resolved: Civil Disobedience in a democracy is morally justified. This topic has been used in the past and I am willing to trade files for anything people have on this topic. I debate policy also so I have an abundance of policy files (including K) to trade. Thanks Everyone
  12. HAM

    Nationals LD

    I am going to nationals and LD and was wondering if anyone knew what would happen on this topic? The popular arguments and any help you can give me. I obviously know the topic pertains to the NSA scandal, but does anyone know what will be popular or where to look for anything?
  13. Jullianv1

    2 questions for LD

    First, I am wondering how the neg would respond to the aff trying to perm the alt? I.E aff runs arguments that very clearly relate to capatalism but perms the alt that socialism is the answer OR, and more to my inquiry, if the neg runs a k on the langauge/framing the aff uses as morally bad and the aff either perms and says "aff will just adopt alt/fix language/paradigm." I see this as kinda unfair bc it isnt like a perm to a cp; it is literally the aff realzing they lost on the k and using their own concession as a way to dismiss the k. Also, can the neg run a ROB in the 1nc? Seems kinda abusive, bc the aff never gets real chance to engage?
  14. Awesomepants3

    Free Evidence

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    LD debater NYC Looking for a coach

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  16. Awesomepants3

    Free an Jan Feb Files

    I will not be competing for the rest of this month so have some files: Included is a development K with FIve Impacts (Why Five Impacts? Cuz Yolo) 2 Affs 1 Neg 1 DA Anti-Capitalism Aff.docx Conseq Aff.docx Mikey Neg.docx Dutch Disease DA.docx All countries are developing T.docx On Case Development K.docx
  17. Jullianv1

    NGO CP for LD

    Long story short, I am trying to construct a basic NGO pic for the LD resolution: countries ought to prohibit the production of nuclear power. I have most of it constructed, but I am struggling with the concrete argument of the competition: how is an NGO law/action SEPARATE from the country. Like, what I have in my head is that the NGO is the one actually prohibiting it, and the countries would just adhere/sign the treaty- and that the NGO is the one truly doing the action. Any thoughts?
  18. So this new LD Topic: Resolved: Developing countries should prioritize Environmental Protection over Resource Extraction when the two are in conflict So any ideas for CPs. Preferably something to counter AFF Global warming impacts. But honestly any CP idea would be great
  19. Hey The debate team I am on, is going out of state to Springfield in a couple of weeks for the Parkview tournament in Missouri. There will be competitors in LD, PF, CX, and Congress from my school! I was wondering if anyone had any information on what the Missouri circuit was like for those events? What types of arguments are popular for each of those events? Is spreading popular? Is there anything different about those events on the Missouri circuit? Thank you all so much
  20. goodatthis

    Theory Spikes Help

    I have a pretty abusive aff (polls), and I haven't lost a single round with it so far in novice but I'm going varsity soon at a tournament and I figured I need to prepare for theory being read against it. I have a drop args on T/theory spike already (see below) and I was wondering what I can do to pre-empt theory. I quite literally learned theory yesterday (I knew the basics before that, but I actually legitamately learned it yesterday). First piece of theory I've ever written: Drop the arg on theory and T because the timeskew in the 1AR makes it impossible for me to cover both theory/T and substance, its key to fairness since substance is the only way for me to win this debate. It’s unreciprocal and unfair if the neg can win the round by mooting my only advocacy with theory/T or on any of their advocacies. Even if I’m being unfair, the fact that I can’t fully cover in the 1AR the multiple independent places the neg could have for you to vote outweighs any advantage I may or may not have. I do LD by the way.
  21. brodrillard

    private coach needed!

    heyyo im looking for a private coach! i dont exactly need one for policy debate per say - but LD. (keep in mind tho, the LD that i do is literally one person policy) i love the K, and performance, and literally anything critical - so if you are down with the K and/or have substantial experience with the K, that would be superb i would really like to get out there on the circuit next year, and ill probably be travelling independently so i can have more opportunities for #datbid (my school only goes to like 2 bid tournaments a year) im fairly successful for my first year on the circuit, having a relatively good record @ St Marx (rly hard tournament for LD), and breaking @ UT and making it to doubles so like im willing to do whatever work needed i just need someone familiar with the circuit/progressive db8/kritikal argumentation (which i understand that this is a policy forum and the likelihood of someone familiar with nat circuit LD is low but one can hope!) id probably start needing one at the beginning of the upcoming school year (per my parents' words) you dont necessarily have to be local, like i probably wont ask you to travel (unless i get that #dank #toc #bid) i just need someone to help like in the instance of if im at a big tournament some weekend and need prep-outs via text or whatever (if you dont live in texas), and like casing help and whatever, u know like what private coaches do b4 anyone gets weirded out that its LD or w/e, everything thats in policy is in LD (at least, circuit LD) (aka if youre a college policy debater then u would still be perfectly fine coaching me) (this is proven from experience) if yr interested or can at least direct me in the way of someone that would be PLZ comment and ill PM you !!!!!!!
  22. Arsenal

    Kritiks in LD (help)

    Hey guys, I'm trying to learn how to write kritiks as I'm from a pretty progressive area for LD. I know how to do plans, disads, and tradition LD cases, but I have zero experience with kritiks. Can someone explain the format of a kritik, how to debate for and against it, and explain some generic type of k's like cap, anthro, antiwhiteness? Thanks!
  23. Samferd

    LD jargon

    There are multitude of term in LD that get me caught off guard, and with no clear understanding of many of the terms it is difficult to participate in a theory/kritick debate. I have heard terms such as COI, RVI, FIAT, and ROB; without the understanding of these terms it is near impossible to combat them while not looking like a fool. Thus, it would be complementary if someone could provide as many terms and analysis of these terms as possible. Also, Im well familiar with terms in substance (traditional) debate so you can steer clear of them if you want. Thanks before hand .
  24. So basically I'm switching to LD after 1.5 years of policy and I don't really know too much about LD besides that there's a value and criterion.. My circuit is traditional and I have my first tournament in LD next week. What should I do first? I already started on my aff (I only have some stuff for definitions and then my value and fw, but that's about it.) for QI. I've watched a couple of natcir rounds online but I'm not sure how helpful that's been considering my circuit is very traditional.
  25. danhep

    LD advice

    Ok so I'm an LDer and fell in love with the K at camp. However, I'm essentially a lone wolf and don't have much resources, so I'm deciding to invest my time in working on one solid K file. Which do you think is the most strategic to read - in terms of how many people prep it, how easy it is for opponents to understand, how many generic links there are, and how I can preclude the AC. Right now, I'm think of starting an OOO file, but feel free to change my mind.
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