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Parli Pro Tip: The Use of Studies

There are a lot of things you shouldn’t do in Parli.  Point of Ordering an opponent nineteen times is one.  Counterplanning to build the Death Star is another.  And so is running burdens for a metaphor resolution based on a Taylor Swift song. People I know have...

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In The Bleak Midwinter: Midseason Inspiration

The biggest tournaments of the season are quickly approaching. NITOC 2018 will take place in a little over three months, while NCFCA and NSDA Nationals are set to begin in four months. This may make some of you uneasy. Perhaps you’ve already qualified to NITOC, but...

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Confidence: Fake It Til You Make It

Looming ten feet tall, their steps shattered paving stones. The rumble of their debate boxes sent panicked crowds fleeing. Several witnesses reported seeing them breathe fire on at least one occasion, and their refutation skills had been known to make small children...

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Alt-Actor Counterplans: Part 2

This post is a continuation of last week's discussion on Alternate Actor Counterplans. Read Part 1 here. You can also find differing views on Counterplan theory here. Why not just “no fiating the object”? Ethos has explained the “object fiat” concept in more detail,...

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Alt-Actor Counterplans: Another View, Part 1

Editor's Note: There are a variety of views on the issue of Alt-Actor Counterplans. Check out some of our other posts dealing with counterplans for more information. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just snap our fingers and other people would do our work for us? Or if...

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Blitzing: A Strategy for Neg

Here at Ethos, most of our writers will advocate a shell and extend strategy for TP debaters. I’ve used it for the majority of my debate career myself, and it’s served me pretty well. Sometimes, though, I like to change things up and try out a new strategy, and...

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When You Feel Stupid: Part 2

Let’s talk about everyone’s favorite subject: feeling like a failure. It’s an area in which I have extensive experience. I remember every time I said something idiotic; every ridiculous thing I’ve done; every daft choice I’ve made. (Or at least I would remember each...

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Responding To Generic Counterplans

Counterplans. I can’t think of a more divisive issue in policy debate. Recently, Joshua decided to brave these controversial waters, writing an article about some of the major generic counterplans you can run. In doing so, he prompts a very important follow up: how...

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Crash Course Guide to Better Rebuttals: Part 2

In my last post, I laid out a clear case concerning why rebuttals deserve more attention from debaters, and listed five key fundamentals of national-class rebuttals. This post will look at the uniqueness of the rebuttal speeches, particularly in Policy &...

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Using Ethos Evidence: A Primer

Every style of policy debate operates from different and sometimes competing preconceptions and assumptions. At Ethos Debate, we run off several well-worn and sometimes overused phrases. One of those, we proudly tout, is that we teach debaters how to think, not what...

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How To Have Influence, Part 2: The Contrast Principle

In my last post, I covered Reciprocity, the first “principle of persuasion” examined by Dr. Cialdini in his book Influence. In this post, I will discuss the contrast principle, another essential point covered by Cialdini. The contrast principle says that perception is...

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Moot Court 101

...I wish you would’ve spent a little more time responding to their solvency argument... GOV team spent a lot of time defending but completely ignored the crux... I didn’t really fully understand how your Korea example applied... Ever gotten comments like these? I...

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When You Feel Stupid: Part 1

Usually, running slides is the easiest job in the world. You pull up the powerpoint and just keep hitting the arrow button. Come on. Even technologically challenged as I am, even I could handle that, right? The presentation went swimmingly, the speaker got to the end...

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7 Generic Counterplans You Need to Be Writing

When it comes to preparation for negative, one problem often arises: you don’t know what cases are going to pop up.  Whether this is the first tournament of the year, halfway through the season, or right before nationals, there’s always that empty space on your case...

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Crash Course Guide To Better Rebuttals: Part 1

There is no one right way to structure rebuttals, no special formula your speeches should follow so that the judge must vote for you. However, there are certain fundamental elements of great rebuttals. When well-developed, these elements will tremendously increase...

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