It is virtually impossible to compete in academic debate without ever criticizing the country in which you live.Read More
Last time, we discussed three ways that the term “burden of proof” has been tortured beyond recognition. Today, we tackle the other three.Read More
Let’s break down what burden of proof isn’t – and then what it is.Read More
“Inherency is usually run about once a season on a team that is either incredibly unlucky or incredibly ill-prepared.”Read More
We've already talked about argument structure. Now we dive headfirst into something known as counter-warrant strategy.Read More
Cross-ex is a fast-paced, dynamic battle in which the witness has...Read More
A voting issue (or “voter”) is a reason for the...Read More
Deductive reasoning (Betsy is a cow, all cows eat grass, therefore Betsy eats grass) is widely regarded as the most scientific...Read More
An admission is something your opponent says that you can use against his advocacy. And of all your options, an opponent's admission is the strongest...Read More
There are two basic tools that make explanation possible. This post covers the first one:
Reference points are things that two people already know, like a shared language. This post is written in English, because I know that’s what you speak. If it were written in Swahili, it may still contain useful information, but it would probably be useless to you.
Beyond language...Read More
Many policy debaters treat evidence like rare silver, to where having more of it makes the case more valuable by default.
"I have 17 pieces of evidence in my 1AC!"
As a result, many policy cases are written with a primary emphasis on...Read More