Anyone who has ever participated in a sport understands the meaning of the term “fundamentals.” Fundamentals refers to the most basic skills underlying an activity. Debate is no different! Just as basketball players must pay attention to their footwork and golfers must watch their posture and grip, debaters too can benefit from paying close attention to a few basic building blocks of argumentation.  Today, we’ll be going over the fundamentals of debate and discussing how you can ensure you’re beginning every round from a solid foundation.

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It’s time for another Free Card Friday! This week we have impact cards about the NSA. This evidence will help you establish important, concrete reasons why NSA surveillance is either good or bad.

 

Since each of these cards deals with global concerns, you might encounter an opponent who says they aren’t relevant to domestic surveillance. However, this is false. All of them are descriptive of NSA activities as a whole. The con evidence is based on the idea that foreign investors and regulators are nervous about doing business with American tech companies because of NSA’s access to data from these companies. The pro evidence argues that, in order to catch terrorists, we must allow NSA to cast as wide of a net as possible. As you can see, both of these concerns have to deal with domestic surveillance.

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Yesterday, we covered the affirmative side of the current LD resolution, Resolved: In the United States criminal justice system, truth-seeking ought to take precedence over attorney-client privilege. Today, we’ll be tackling the negative side of the debate. Check it out below.

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LDers, check out our analysis of the current topic, , Resolved: In the United States criminal justice system, truth-seeking ought to take precedence over attorney-client privilege. Today, we’ll be looking at the affirmative side of the debate. Find it below.

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Here is a useful piece of evidence for those of you competing in CX this weekend. It details a few reasons why a new United Nations report has called Latin America the most insecure region on the globe. The card also suggests that development is necessary to combat insecurity. Affs might find this card helpful as an impact booster, while negs might use it to support alternate causality solvency deficit arguments. Find it by clicking below.

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It’s that time again! Debate Central is proud to publish our “CON” analysis of the November public forum topic, Resolved: The benefits of domestic surveillance by the NSA outweigh the harms.  You can find it below the fold! [..]

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