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What’s the Res - 3×4 - Compulsory Voting in a Democracy - A Conversation with Dr. Coyle Neal (LD Sept/Oct)

What’s the Res - 3×4 - Compulsory Voting in a Democracy - A Conversation with Dr. Coyle Neal (LD Sept/Oct)

September 4, 2020

Ethan and Josh interview Dr. Coyle Neal of Southwest Baptist University; Dr. Neal is a political scientist who teaches on American institutions. They discuss the nature of democracy, arguments pro and con on the resolution "In a democracy. voting ought to be compulsory," and barriers to voting. Enjoy! Also - Dr. Neal is the host of the City of Man Podcast - be sure to check out his show!

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What’s the Res - 3×3 - “Resolved: The United States federal government should enact the Medicare-For-All Act of 2019″ - PF Sept/Oct 2020 Resolution Analysis

What’s the Res - 3×3 - “Resolved: The United States federal government should enact the Medicare-For-All Act of 2019″ - PF Sept/Oct 2020 Resolution Analysis

August 29, 2020

Josh and Ethan discuss the Sept/Oct 2020 PF resolution, "The United States federal government should enact the Medicare-For-All Act of 2019." They discuss Bernie Sanders, some nuances of this bill, Pro arguments, Con arguments, and the general flaws in socialistic programs. They also discuss the free market, inelastic demand, and Adam Smith. Enjoy! And let us know what you think of the episode!

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What’s the Res - 3×2 - “Resolved: In a democracy, voting ought to be compulsory” - Varsity LD Sept/Oct 2020

What’s the Res - 3×2 - “Resolved: In a democracy, voting ought to be compulsory” - Varsity LD Sept/Oct 2020

August 18, 2020

Josh and Ethan discuss the first varsity LD resolution of the year: "In a democracy, voting ought to be compulsory." They go over definitions, background on the resolution, and a series of Aff and Neg arguments. Enjoy! Let us know what you think of the episode:

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What’s the Res - 3×1 - New Season, New Plan

What’s the Res - 3×1 - New Season, New Plan

August 4, 2020

Josh and Ethan discuss the high points of season 2, the purposes of What's the Res, and lay out a plan for how often they will publish episodes this season. This episode also includes shoutouts to many of our season 2 guests, and call backs to episodes in our first season. Enjoy - and be on the lookout for our first resolution analysis episodes in a couple of weeks (after the NSDA releases LD and PF on 8/8).

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What’s the Res? Summer 2020 (E4) - Is Silence Violence? A Conversation with Tori Petersen

What’s the Res? Summer 2020 (E4) - Is Silence Violence? A Conversation with Tori Petersen

July 19, 2020

Josh interviews Tori Hope Peterson, social media influencer, foster care advocate, and Hillsdale College alumna, about her blog post "Dear Hillsdale College" and the responses to it. As she and Josh discuss the blog post they cover a variety of topics: sports and college, African Americans in the foster care system, and different kinds of advocacy. Tori's website can be found here - check out the interview, and let us know what you think!

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What’s the Res - Summer 2020 (E3) - Afro-Pessimism vs. Afro-Idealism - A Conversation with Dr. Ben Voth

What’s the Res - Summer 2020 (E3) - Afro-Pessimism vs. Afro-Idealism - A Conversation with Dr. Ben Voth

July 8, 2020

Josh and Ethan welcome Dr. Ben Voth to the show. Dr. Voth directs the Southern Methodist University debate program, and he teaches in their communications department. Dr. Voth is a longtime leader in the debate community, and he is a partner with the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation in running the Coolidge Cup tournament. He is also a scholar of the Civil Rights Movement (here is a link to his Amazon Author page). In this episode, Dr. Voth weighs in with his thoughts about policing, race riots, the 2020-2021 policy resolution, and a comparison between two different frameworks: Afro-pessimism and Afro-idealism. Let us know what you think!

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What’s the Res - Summer 2020 (E2) - Rule of Law, Race Riots, and Debate as a Solution: A Conversation with Dr. Nick Higgins

What’s the Res - Summer 2020 (E2) - Rule of Law, Race Riots, and Debate as a Solution: A Conversation with Dr. Nick Higgins

June 29, 2020

Dr. Nick Higgins, associate professor and department chair of the department of politics, government, and criminal justice at North Greenville University, joins Josh and Ethan for a discussion about justice, rule of law, and what Aristotle and Plato contribute to our current cultural moment. Along the way, Josh is reminded that Dr. Higgins is a former policy debater, and Dr. Higgins provides his thoughts on the 2020-2021 Policy resolution (Resolved: The United States federal government should enact substantial criminal justice reform in the United States in one or more of the following: forensic science, policing, sentencing).

 

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What’s the Res - Summer 2020 (E1) - George Floyd, Riots, Revolution, and the 2020 Summer Series

What’s the Res - Summer 2020 (E1) - George Floyd, Riots, Revolution, and the 2020 Summer Series

June 18, 2020

Josh and Ethan discuss the death of George Floyd, the protests and their relationship to riots, and Martin Luther King Jr.'s approach to nonviolent protest contrasted with Malcolm X's desire for radical revolution. We also outline the summer series of episodes focusing on race riots, rule of law, and prison reform as related to the 2020-2021 Policy Debate resolution, "Resolved: The United States federal government should enact substantial criminal justice reform in the United States in one or more of the following: forensic science, policing, sentencing."  Enjoy the summer, and use the time well to prep for next season!

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Season 2, Episode 54 - ISD Advice on Nats 2020 LD - Resolved: The intergenerational accumulation of wealth is antithetical to democracy

Season 2, Episode 54 - ISD Advice on Nats 2020 LD - Resolved: The intergenerational accumulation of wealth is antithetical to democracy

June 10, 2020

Ethan attended an Institute for Speech and Debate (ISD) webinar with Crawford Leavoy on the NSDA Nats 2020 LD resolution, Resolved: The intergenerational accumulation of wealth is antithetical to democracy. This episode is the high points from that webinar. Good luck to everyone who is competing!

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What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 53 - “Resolved: The intergenerational accumulation of wealth is antithetical to democracy” Part 2 - Aff and Neg Arguments

What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 53 - “Resolved: The intergenerational accumulation of wealth is antithetical to democracy” Part 2 - Aff and Neg Arguments

May 25, 2020

Josh and Ethan continue their discussion of the LD NSDA Nationals resolution, "Resolved: The intergenerational accumulation of wealth is antithetical to democracy." They cover Aff and Neg arguments, and Josh goes on a rant defending traditional property rights (with shout outs to Russell Kirk, Richard Weaver, and Alex de Toqueville).We also answer a question one debater wrote in to us - feel free to send your thoughts and questions, and we'll respond on a future episode!

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