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Season 2, Episode 32: LD Paradigm - The Categorical Imperative

Season 2, Episode 32: LD Paradigm - The Categorical Imperative

December 2, 2019

Josh and Ethan discuss one of the most commonly used yet least understood philosophical paradigms (value or value criterion) in Lincoln-Douglas Debate - Immanuel Kant's Categorical Imperative. Based on Kant's Groundwork for a Metaphysics of Morals, they source the CI, explain how it works, what burdens it carries with it, and how to respond if the CI is used improperly. Let us know if this episode is helpful!

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Season 2, Episode 31 - Bonus: Math Ethnic Studies Framework Faculty Roundtable

Season 2, Episode 31 - Bonus: Math Ethnic Studies Framework Faculty Roundtable

November 25, 2019

Josh and Ethan host Alexis Franco, Will Begley, and Tyler Bonin for a conversation about Seattle Public School's Math Ethnic Studies Framework. This episode walks through the basics of the framework, and considers practical and theoretical problems with it. By the end, we conclude that there is a legitimate desire behind the framework, but math is not the proper home for it. Let us know what you think!

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Season 2, Episode 30 - Benefits and Harms of Cyber Operations: A Conversation with Zak Doffman, CEO of Digital Barriers

Season 2, Episode 30 - Benefits and Harms of Cyber Operations: A Conversation with Zak Doffman, CEO of Digital Barriers

November 18, 2019

Zak Doffman, CEO of Digital Barriers and frequent contributor to Forbes, joins Josh for a conversation about the 2019 Nov/Dec Public Forum resolution, "The benefits of the United States federal government’s use of offensive cyber operations outweigh the harms." As an international leader in cyber security concerns, Zak speaks about terminology, technological proficiency, and the existent of Threat Actors. This is a great episode to help with prepping for those tournaments in the middle and the end of a resolution cycle! Enjoy, and let us know what you think!

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Season 2, episode 29 - Fossil Fuel Subsidies and Negative Strategy for Nov/Dec 2019 LD: An Interview with David Deavel

Season 2, episode 29 - Fossil Fuel Subsidies and Negative Strategy for Nov/Dec 2019 LD: An Interview with David Deavel

November 12, 2019

David Deavel, Assistant Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas and economics contributor at The Imaginative Conservative, joins Josh for a conversation about the Nov/Dec 2019 LD resolution - "Resolved: The United States ought to eliminate subsidies for fossil fuels." Dr. Deavel covers the nature of subsidies, reasons why these subsidies might be valuable, and offers several avenues of response for both Aff and Neg strategy. Enjoy! And let us know what you think!

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“Racial Reparations are a Requirement of Justice” - What’s the Res - Premium Debates - November 2019
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“Racial Reparations are a Requirement of Justice” - What’s the Res - Premium Debates - November 2019

November 11, 2019

Josh argues the affirmative, drawing from Ta-Nehisi Coates and a few economic sources to argue reparations are necessary because white economic success is founded on black slavery. Kevin makes his debut on the show arguing that reparations are neither possible nor just. Who makes the best argument? Click here to vote in the poll and tell us who you think won this debate!

Season 2, Episode 28 - Harms and Benefits to Offensive Cyber Operations: Public Forum Nov/Dec 2019

Season 2, Episode 28 - Harms and Benefits to Offensive Cyber Operations: Public Forum Nov/Dec 2019

November 4, 2019

Josh and Ethan discuss the Nov/Dec 2019 Public Forum resolution, "Resolved: The benefits of the United States federal government’s use of offensive cyber operations outweigh the harms." They recount a few key moments of Cyber Command activity, and suggest strategies on Aff and Neg. With ties to the Internet of Things and general anti-military industrial complex, this resolution has some weight to it. Check it out, and let us know what you think!

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What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 27 - Fossil Fuel, Climate Change, and Subsidizing Pollution: An Interview with Dr. Joseph Aldy, Professor of the Practice of Public Policy at Harvard University

What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 27 - Fossil Fuel, Climate Change, and Subsidizing Pollution: An Interview with Dr. Joseph Aldy, Professor of the Practice of Public Policy at Harvard University

October 28, 2019

Josh and Ethan interview Dr. Joseph Aldy, Professor of the Practice of Public Policy at Harvard University' Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Aldy's research combines environmental management with economic policy (here is his faculty webpage, with CV), and his background as as LD and Policy debater in high school make him the perfect person to help with the November/December LD resolution: "Resolved: The United States ought to eliminate subsidies for fossil fuels." This episode covers two different ways to think about defining subsidies, an analysis of fossil fuel pollution, and our mutual agreement that Neg has no ground on this resolution (we offer some alternative routes). Enjoy! And let us know what you think!

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What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 26 - Charter Schools, Education, and Great Hearts Academies: An Interview with Robert Jackson

What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 26 - Charter Schools, Education, and Great Hearts Academies: An Interview with Robert Jackson

October 22, 2019

Josh interviews Dr. Robert Jackson, Chief Academic Officer for Great Hearts Academies. They discuss charter schools, charter management organizations, and the unique curriculum Great Hearts offers through their Humane Learning courses. With one 2019-2020 LD resolution possibly focusing on charter schools and their harm to public education, this episode gives some helpful nuts and bolts details on the charter school movement. Let us know what you think!

 

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What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 25 - Policy Debate from Two Debaters’ Perspectives: An Interview with Nate and Ruth

What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 25 - Policy Debate from Two Debaters’ Perspectives: An Interview with Nate and Ruth

October 14, 2019

Ethan interviews Nate and Ruth, two policy debaters in Texas about their experiences in debate! Check it out, and let us know what you think!

 

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What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 24 - Nov/Dec LD Res Analysis - Resolved: “The United States ought to eliminate subsidies for fossil fuels.”

What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 24 - Nov/Dec LD Res Analysis - Resolved: “The United States ought to eliminate subsidies for fossil fuels.”

October 11, 2019

Josh and Ethan discuss the Nov/Dec 2019 Lincoln Douglas resolution - "Resolved: The United States ought to eliminate subsidies for fossil fuels." They go over definitions, strategies, a couple of article (links below), and suggestions on Aff and Neg for value structures. The Neg ground is harder to find in this one, but Ethan has the strategy angle covered! Enjoy! And let us know what you think!

Links:

- https://www.eesi.org/papers/view/fact-sheet-fossil-fuel-subsidies-a-closer-look-at-tax-breaks-and-societal-costs

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/05/how-much-does-world-subsidize-oil-coal-and-gas/589000/

https://www.vox.com/2019/5/17/18624740/fossil-fuel-subsidies-climate-imf

 

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