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Impact Calculus

Posted by on Dec 2, 2010 in Debate, Strategy | 1 comment

What would you say if you saw a warrior do battle and lose—because he never thought to use his strongest weapon? What would you think if you saw a chess player who refused to ever bring out his queen? And what would you think of a football coach who never threw to his receivers? Well, sometimes, this is what I see when I look at debate rounds in the NCFCA....

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Overview of a Disadvantage and How to Respond

Posted by on Nov 1, 2010 in Basics, Debate, Featured, Strategy, Theory | 0 comments

I was recently asked several questions about disadvantages via emails. There will be more to come on types of disadvantages and fleshing out each of the points below, but I figure it is best to start with an overview of disadvantages and what you can say against them. Why run a disadvantage? Because it shows that an idea is BAD, for issues that...

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Alternate Causality as Aff Solution

Posted by on Dec 29, 2009 in Debate, Strategy | 4 comments

So we all know that alternate causality arguments are a powerful refutation. But sometimes we forget the similar argument, which is that there is an alternate solution to neg disadvantages that mean the DA shouldn’t be considered. It isn’t run as often because if you really take the theory to the extreme, you’re basically permuting a...

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Big Idea: Spending Arguments That Don’t Stink! (Alternative impacts to spending disadvantages as an introduction to nonconventional argumentation)

Posted by on Dec 26, 2009 in Debate, Strategy | 2 comments

We’ve all been there. You’re in a round against a case you’ve never seen before. Maybe it’s at an open against a team from another region, maybe a team trying out a new case, maybe it’s just one you didn’t see coming. Either way, you’re in for an interesting time. You look through your binder (or, if you’re...

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