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Stoa Agriculture Policy Backgrounder #2: Herbicides

In our second backgrounder on the Stoa Team Policy resolution, we examine one of the most controversial tools farms use to control those pesky weeds: herbicides. Ever since the creation of the first modern herbicide, 2.4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (or 2,4-D),... read more

NCFCA TP Backgrounder #3: The One-China Policy

The United States has fallen in love with soccer once again. The fact that the U.S. Women’s national team has been so successful has only helped the cause. The U.S. Men’s team, however, has a lot of work to do. One thing no one understands about the USMT is it’s... read more

NCFCA LD Backgrounder #2: Justice is Blind

Justice is blind. Nobody understood this better than John Rawls, who argued that the best way to achieve a just society is through total blindness of position. He said that a truly just society is the one where you feel your liberties are defended no matter who you... read more

Stoa LD Backgrounder #2: Not Just Eminent Domain

When we think of private property rights (PPRs), most people think of “No trespassing” signs, A poor old grandmother getting her house stolen from her by the government, or both of those things. But for most people, that’s about it. That being said, we seem to have a... read more

NCFCA TP Backgrounder #2: China’s Military Power

When you first thought about changing the United States’ policy towards China, you probably instantly thought about trade. Thankfully, that’s not all we’ll be debating this year. There is actually a whole host of other topics that fall under this resolution, with one... read more

NCFCA LD Backgrounder #1: Context and Wording

Resolved: Rehabilitation ought to be valued above retribution in criminal justice systems. For the first article in our 2016-2017 NCFCA LD series, we’re going to take a look at the resolution’s context and wording.   What Is the Criminal Justice System? Experts... read more

NCFCA TP Backgrounder #1: The South China Sea Dispute

Today we begin our series of Backgrounders on the NCFCA Team Policy resolution with an overview of one of the most contentious issues surrounding China’s foreign policy: The South China Sea. This issue has been building in intensity over the past few years and has... read more

Homeschool Debate 2016–17: Topic Review

I’ve already judged about 12 rounds and debated about 6 this season, besides coaching four topics and parli. It was a good start for tasting what some of the topics have to offer. 2016–17 should be a great season! Here’s why I’m excited. I’ll go ahead and assume you... read more

What Drives Bad Policy

The new policy resolutions are out for both leagues, so you are all probably frantically searching for the newest and greatest cases (or not, and enjoying the summer like the average person). Many of you who are researching are probably asking yourself the same... read more

Stoa TP Backgrounder #1: Agricultural Subsidies

It’s July, which means fireworks, the beach, and, of course, competitive debate! Granted, it may only be the middle of summer, but we here at Ethos are all springing into the next debate year’s topics. Yes, in addition to this series on Stoa TP, we are also beginning... read more

The How and Why of Implied Counterplans

Most debate rounds go a little bit like this: AFF: Here’s a problem, and here’s the solution! NEG: Nah, what we have is just fine. AFF: No, action is needed! Let’s go over the problems again. NEG: Ehhh, nah. Still think we are fine where we are. Then the rebuttals... read more

Isaiah’s list of dispositions

Everything I have vs. Some things to consider – You can list out every thing you thought of, a full idea unload at the max of your ability, or demonstrate the confidence of selection. A more persuasive disposition implies that there is more you could have said but did... read more

Origins and Caselaw on Private Property Rights

Each and every person on this earth will, at one point or another, exercise their private property rights.  This basic human right is something widely known, but seldom fully understood due to a misunderstanding of what it truly means, where it comes from, and how it... read more

“I’m Not Defined by What I’ve Done”

Meditation on Nationals 2016 “What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” –James 4:14 “As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its... read more