Affirmative

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Common Answers to Disadvantages

Answering Disadvantages in a Policy Debate In chess there are different stages of the game. The first several moves are commonly referred to as ‘openings.’ It is popular for people who practice chess to memorize a set of opening moves, and stick to those moves with little regard for the moves of their opponent. Once […]

By Matt Shapiro | Affirmative
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Answering to Topicality

  It’s one thing argue Topicality, its another animal trying to respond to it!

By Matt Shapiro | Affirmative
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Kritiks and critical analysis

  Once you have developed your skills, try attacking an opponent with a Kritik.

By Matt Shapiro | Affirmative . Negative
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Interpreting Resolutions: Planning the Affirmative Case

Interpreting Resolutions The most intimidating part of debating for the first time tends to be figuring out how to start your speech. This is especially intimidating if you are the very first speaker in a debate and have never debated before. Fortunately there are some predictable expectations that most audiences have for how a first […]

By Matt Shapiro | Affirmative . Theory
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Advanced Affirmatives

Advanced Affirmatives One of the ways that you can advance your skill-set when you’re debating on the affirmative side of the topic, is bringing an understanding of morality. And there’s an awesome reference. A guy named Emmanuel Levinas. What Levinas says is that ethics are first philosophy. And so, you know, when we’re talking about […]

By Matt Shapiro | Affirmative
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Common Answers to Disadvantages

Common Answers to Disadvantages In chess there are different stages of the game. The first several moves are commonly referred to as ‘openings.’ It is popular for people who practice chess to memorize a set of opening moves, and stick to those moves with little regard for the moves of their opponent. Once a player […]

By Matt Shapiro | Affirmative
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Types of Debate Criteria

Criteria Let’s imagine a debate round: the resolution is that nuclear energy is better than renewable energy. The affirmative argues that nuclear energy is the least expensive energy in the world. The negative argues that renewable energy is the safest energy in the world. Who wins the round in this hypothetical example? In a previous […]

By Matt Shapiro | Affirmative . Theory
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Answers to Topicality

Answers to Topicality I have heard innumerable judges of debate.  Talk about how much they hate when the argument of topicality is brought up in a round.  Yet, the argument is brought up so often that you have to conclude that there are plenty of competitors that are winning with it.  It is just good […]

By Matt Shapiro | Affirmative
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How to Use Permutations in Debate

Permutations If you have ever tried to coordinate dinner plans with a group of people you know how difficult it can be to accommodate many suggestions. Some folks might want Sushi, others might want hamburgers and fries, and still others are hoping for Thai. Each of these options would fulfill a basic need, specifically making […]

By Matt Shapiro | Affirmative . Theory
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How to Build an Affirmative Case for Publicly Financed Elections

In this DebateSensei demonstration affirmative case, public funding for political campaigns is discussed in the resolution: The United States Federal Government should have publicly funded elections. If you need help understanding the resolution or want to learn more about publicly financed elections then watch the video above. Below, some of the arguments and debate theory […]

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