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Mar
09

What Donald Trump can teach us about burden of proof.

The ideas of Archbishop Richard Whately still resonate today. One in particular, if I were to paraphrase, is that “anyone who asserts, must prove.” This idea underlies a great American legal presumption, that one is innocent until proven guilty. In competitive debate, this principle usually means that that the first team to speak, the affirmative, […]

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Jan
25

3 Million Illegal Voters and Appeal to Authority

President Trump claimed that 3-5 million people voted illegally. In response, several media outlets have requested evidence to support such a startling claim. The combination of a bold claim coming from a prominent figure, with the difficulty finding any evidence to support the claim, creates a great example of the “appeal to authority.” John Locke […]

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What can debate students learn from the presidential debate? Preparation matters.

What can debate students learn from the presidential debate? Preparation matters. Now that a few days have passed since the first presidential debate, there seems to be at least one constant theme in the analysis: it pays to prep. Hillary Clinton is widely credited with winning this debate, as well as giving one of the […]

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