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NCFCA China 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

Lessons learned from XL 1.0

Ethos XL was quite an adventure! Thanks for those who participated in what we described as an “experimental online club.” As with any experiment, there were failures and successes.   The following lessons likely apply to all coaching, not just online clubs. They... read more

One year of improvement? Showcase LD Round

Mikayla Simpson and Isaiah McPeak square off using Mikayla’s AFF and NEG cases for the 2015-16 NCFCA LD topic. Mikayla went to finals four times this last year, but progressed in skill at every tournament. Please use this video for examples of LD, flowing... read more

The (Almost) National Champion Experience 

When I walked into the NITOC for my second time, the experience wasn’t any less or more nerve-wracking than it was the first time.  I wasn’t expecting much but maybe taking an outround or two in either form of debate I participated in. Needless to say, I... read more

How NCFCA Could Make “No Outrounds” Work

We were surprised as anybody by NCFCA’s recent announcement of abolishing outrounds for its qualifiers, and moving to an 8-prelim structure. Having run tournaments in five leagues and coached in 11, I can say with some authority that this seems pretty unique. NCFCA... read more

Upside Down Debate – the Ethos Debate Book

It’s finally out! Debaters – you can now learn debate from the ground up using normalized language, transferring debaterland to real life genres of conflict resolution, business meetings, and politics. Coaches and Teachers – you can now teach debate from a... read more

An Analysis of the NCFCA TP Resolution Choices

And the TP choices for the NCFCA 2016-2017 competitive season are out! Here’s my assessment of the choices, along with a brief overview of some of the issues for each of them. Full disclosure, so you know where I’m coming from and the origin of my perspective: I was a... read more

An Analysis of the NCFCA LD Resolution Choices

NCFCA released their resolution options for the 2016-2017 season! Here’s my perspective on the advantages and disadvantages of each. First, so that you’re aware of my personal preferences and experience when it comes to debate, I have competed in NCFCA LD the past two... read more