Impromptu Mechanics

Impromptu Mechanics

Last year, Ben wrote a superb piece on impromptu with a takeaway you should immediately incorporate into your Nationals prep regimen: strategically accumulate potential speech material related to adversity and personal relationships. I hope to expand this analysis...
The Judge Isn’t Always Right

The Judge Isn’t Always Right

You’ve all imbibed the “burden of communication rests on the communicator” and “the judge is always right” narratives from your coaches and parents. Contrary to the (intentionally provocative) title, these sentiments aren’t inaccurate per se. Homeschool debate is a...
Reimagining Trichotomy: Part 2

Reimagining Trichotomy: Part 2

In October 2021, we published an article interrogating trichotomy, debate lingo for the classic tripartite categorization of resolutions as fact, value, or policy. Before you continue reading, make sure you revisit the original piece—this analysis depends on...
Tackling Thalidomide

Tackling Thalidomide

The thalidomide tragedy, refracted through the classic NCFCA LD negative case, unfolds as follows: “Thalidomide, a sedative sold by a German drugmaker, was said to relieve everything from anxiety to morning sickness, but it led to perhaps the greatest pharmaceutical...