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February

Resolved: The United States should lift its embargo against Cuba

Icon of January 11 Cuba Update -- 63 pages January 11 Cuba Update -- 63 pages -- Subscribers Only (98.7 KiB)

Icon of Cuba Embargo File -- First Release -- January 1 -- 529 pages Cuba Embargo File -- First Release -- January 1 -- 529 pages -- Subscribers Only (1.1 MiB)

Intro essay

Annotated bibliography

January

Resolved: In order to better respond to international conflicts, the United States should significantly increase its military spending.

General Essays

Intro Essay.  This is my initial essay that outlines the topic with a broad scope.

Post Blake Thoughts. This essay reviews the main arguments on the topic and provides some thoughts on how to answer those arguments. Blake Flows — These are my flows from Blake

Researching the military spending topic.  This essay covers how students should research the topic on their own.

Bibliography.  This is my initial bibliography on the topic.  As I’ve cut new cards, I haven’t updated the bibliography.

Specific Essays

These are essays on how to answer specific Pro and Con Argument

Answering the Con’s Diplomacy Trade-Off Argument

Answering the Pro’s Hegemony Good Argument 

Answering the Con’s Military Waste Argument 

Answering the Con’s Social Spending Tradeoff Argument 

Files

Core “Answers To (A2)” Blocks

Icon of Core Pro Answers to Blocks -- Military Spending -- Updated December January 2-- 253 pages Core Pro Answers to Blocks -- Military Spending -- Updated December January 2-- 253 pages -- Subscribers Only (659.8 KiB)

Icon of Core Con Answers to Blocks -- Military Spending -- Updated December January 3 - 313 pages Core Con Answers to Blocks -- Military Spending -- Updated December January 3 - 313 pages -- Subscribers Only (934.6 KiB)

Topic Area Files

Icon of Military Spending -- Topic File -- Nuclear Weapons Modernization -- Updated December 30th Military Spending -- Topic File -- Nuclear Weapons Modernization -- Updated December 30th -- Subscribers Only (345.9 KiB)

Icon of Military Spending -- Topic File --  China Military Spending -- Topic File -- China -- Subscribers Only (249.9 KiB)

Icon of Military Spending -- Topic File -- Russia -- Updated January 3, 2017 Military Spending -- Topic File -- Russia -- Updated January 3, 2017 -- Subscribers Only (109.9 KiB)

Icon of US Hegemony Good -- Bad Backfile US Hegemony Good -- Bad Backfile -- Subscribers Only (1.2 MiB)

General Updates

Icon of January 11 Public Forum Update -- 126 pages January 11 Public Forum Update -- 126 pages -- Subscribers Only (204.3 KiB)

Icon of January 3 Public Forum Update January 3 Public Forum Update -- Subscribers Only (307.4 KiB)

Icon of December 27 Military Spending PF Update December 27 Military Spending PF Update -- Subscribers Only (167.2 KiB)

Icon of Military Spending Update #1 -- China, Naval Power, Third Offset Strategy Military Spending Update #1 -- China, Naval Power, Third Offset Strategy -- Subscribers Only (236.7 KiB)

Original Release

Icon of Military Spending -- January Public Forum Military Spending -- January Public Forum -- Subscribers Only (693.8 KiB)

December 

Resolved: The United States should end Plan Colombia.

The new peace agreement and the Plan Colombia topic.

Icon of Plan Colombia -- Initial Release -- November 8, 2016 Plan Colombia -- Initial Release -- November 8, 2016 -- Subscribers Only (195.5 KiB)

Icon of Independent Judiciary Bad Independent Judiciary Bad -- Subscribers Only (54.3 KiB)

Icon of Imperialism K Imperialism K -- Subscribers Only (701.5 KiB)

Icon of Imperialism K Answers Imperialism K Answers -- Subscribers Only (334.7 KiB)

Icon of Development K Development K -- Subscribers Only (542.2 KiB)

Icon of Development K Answers Development K Answers -- Subscribers Only (166.1 KiB)

Icon of Foreign Aid Good Foreign Aid Good -- Subscribers Only (121.8 KiB)

Icon of Foreign Aid Fails Foreign Aid Fails -- Subscribers Only (498.5 KiB)

Bibliography

 

 

Winning November Topic — 

Resolved: On balance, the benefits of the Internet of Things outweigh the harms of decreased personal privacy.

What are people running?

Intro Essay

Pro Essay

Con Essay

Argument Map 

Bibliography 

CONSOLIDATED FILES  —

Icon of November 3 PF Update November 3 PF Update -- Subscribers Only (148.9 KiB)

— New file if you’ve already organized everything else

Icon of IoT -- Con IoT -- Con -- Subscribers Only (507.8 KiB)

Icon of IoT -- Pro IoT -- Pro -- Subscribers Only (801.4 KiB)

Icon of Internet of Things Privacy File -- Updated 10-27-16 Internet of Things Privacy File -- Updated 10-27-16 -- Subscribers Only (354.0 KiB)

Icon of IoT -- Background IoT -- Background -- Subscribers Only (53.1 KiB)

Drones Files

Icon of Drones Good Consolidated Drones Good Consolidated -- Subscribers Only (226.9 KiB)

Icon of Drones Bad Consolidated Drones Bad Consolidated -- Subscribers Only (85.3 KiB)

Economic Growth Good

Icon of Dedev Answers Dedev Answers -- Subscribers Only (56.5 KiB)

IoT will not improve health care (free) 

IoT will not improve agriculture (free with registration)

IoT Smart Cities not beneficial (subscribers only)

Original Files — These have already been consolidated

Icon of Internet of Things -- Evidence from Four New Books Internet of Things -- Evidence from Four New Books -- Subscribers Only (225.8 KiB)

Icon of Internet of Things Privacy File -- Updated 10-27-16 Internet of Things Privacy File -- Updated 10-27-16 -- Subscribers Only (354.0 KiB)

Icon of October 23rd Internet of Things Update October 23rd Internet of Things Update -- Subscribers Only (799.9 KiB)

Icon of Internet of Things Evidence Pre-Release -- Updated 10-1-16 Internet of Things Evidence Pre-Release -- Updated 10-1-16 -- Subscribers Only (590.8 KiB)

 

Bibliography — Resolved: On balance, smartphones have improved the quality of life for users.

Bibliography

September-October  — The Probable Cause topic is the winner for September-October!

POST: Pro and Con argument map for probable cause

POST: Introduction to Public Forum and topic preparation

Resolved: In United States public K-12 schools, the probable cause standard ought to apply to searches of students.

Icon of Courts and Social Change -- NEW Rosenberg Cards Courts and Social Change -- NEW Rosenberg Cards -- Subscribers Only (91.0 KiB)

POST: Adopting the probable cause standard will not lead to restorative justice

Icon of RANDOM drug testing and searches bad RANDOM drug testing and searches bad -- Subscribers Only (68.8 KiB)

MEGA File — This 580 page file incorporates all of our evidence and updates. It also includes scripted contentions and rebuttals for common arguments.

Table of Contents 

Icon of Probable Cause MEGA File -- 525 pages -- ALL EVIDENCE -- Updated 9-11-16 Probable Cause MEGA File -- 525 pages -- ALL EVIDENCE -- Updated 9-11-16 -- Subscribers Only (877.6 KiB)

Essay — Tackling the Core Con Negative Argument on the Topic

Icon of Probable Cause Solvency Update -- Pro and Con -- 9-12-16 Probable Cause Solvency Update -- Pro and Con -- 9-12-16 -- Subscribers Only (53.2 KiB)

Icon of Answers To -- Zero Tolerance Policies Bad Answers To -- Zero Tolerance Policies Bad -- Subscribers Only (48.9 KiB)

Icon of SROS Bad Upate SROS Bad Upate -- Subscribers Only (39.7 KiB)

Icon of Answers To -- SROS Bad -- Updated 9-11-16 Answers To -- SROS Bad -- Updated 9-11-16 -- Subscribers Only (49.4 KiB)

Icon of Courts and Social Change -- Updated 9-11-16 Courts and Social Change -- Updated 9-11-16 -- Subscribers Only (34.8 KiB)

Icon of Answers to: Surveillance Bad -- Updated 9-11-16 Answers to: Surveillance Bad -- Updated 9-11-16 -- Subscribers Only (29.2 KiB)

Wake Forest Lectures —

School to Prison Pipeline

Notes — http://tinyurl.com/j4z9c2b

School Security Debate

Notes — http://tinyurl.com/hxejcjq

Core Novice Blocks — All you need to get your beginners started!

Icon of Probable Cause -- Core Novice Blocks Probable Cause -- Core Novice Blocks -- Subscribers Only (155.4 KiB)

 

 

Icon of Probable Cause Topic -- Large Update (210 Pages) -- Combat Ready Blocks Probable Cause Topic -- Large Update (210 Pages) -- Combat Ready Blocks -- Subscribers Only (347.2 KiB)

Observations from a Practice Debate — August 29 

Icon of School to Prison Pipeline Pro Cards School to Prison Pipeline Pro Cards -- Subscribers Only (39.4 KiB)

Icon of School to Prison Pipeline Answers School to Prison Pipeline Answers -- Subscribers Only (78.8 KiB)

Icon of Evidence from New Jersey vs. TLO Amicus Briefs Evidence from New Jersey vs. TLO Amicus Briefs -- Subscribers Only (118.9 KiB)

Icon of Master File -- School Searches and Probable Cause -- In Progress -- Stefan Bauschard and Tim O'Shea (Updated 8-9-2016) Master File -- School Searches and Probable Cause -- In Progress -- Stefan Bauschard and Tim O'Shea (Updated 8-9-2016) -- Subscribers Only (265.9 KiB)

Icon of Probable Cause Topic -- Crime and Racial Discrimination 1AC Probable Cause Topic -- Crime and Racial Discrimination 1AC -- Subscribers Only (19.3 KiB)

Icon of Race Law K Race Law K -- Subscribers Only (223.7 KiB)

Bibliography

Intro Essay

Security and its discontents — outlining efforts to ensure school safety

This topic is the LOSER!

OPTION 2 – Resolved: United States public K-12 schools should be allowed to regulate students’ off-campus electronic speech.

Icon of Off campus electronic speech file Off campus electronic speech file -- Subscribers Only (171.2 KiB)

Annotated bibliography

Intro Essay

May NSDA

Resolved: On balance, a one-day national primary would be more beneficial for the United States than our current presidential primary process.

Icon of National Primary -- NSDA PF National Primary -- NSDA PF -- Subscribers Only (78.5 KiB)

Annotated bibliography

May NCFL Topic

Resolved Human genetic engineering should be banned

Introductory Essay 

Icon of Human Genetic Engineering -- NCFL Release Human Genetic Engineering -- NCFL Release -- Subscribers Only (114.8 KiB)

Bibliography 

April PF Topic

Resolved: To alleviate income inequality in the United States, increased spending on public infrastructure should be prioritized over increased spending on means-tested welfare programs.

Intro Essay

Pro Essay

Con Essay

Icon of Inequality Topic Update Inequality Topic Update -- Subscribers Only (52.8 KiB)

Icon of Pell Grants Fail Pell Grants Fail -- Subscribers Only (30.9 KiB)

Icon of April PF -- Means tested welfare and infrastructure spending April PF -- Means tested welfare and infrastructure spending -- Subscribers Only (211.3 KiB)

Icon of Job Training Pro and Con Job Training Pro and Con -- Subscribers Only (60.3 KiB)

Icon of File -- Inequality Increasing File -- Inequality Increasing -- Subscribers Only (226.5 KiB)

Pro — Means-Tested Head Start Reduces Income Inequality

March PF Topic

Resolved: The United States should withdraw its military presence from Okinawa.

Icon of China -- SCS Neg China -- SCS Neg -- Subscribers Only (99.5 KiB)

Icon of March PF -- Okinawa Base WIthdrawal March PF -- Okinawa Base WIthdrawal -- Subscribers Only (582.1 KiB)

Icon of China -- Asia Deterrence DA China -- Asia Deterrence DA -- Subscribers Only (46.9 KiB)

February PF Topic

Resolved: The United States federal government should adopt a carbon tax.

Topic argument overview

Bibliography

Icon of Cap and Trade Fails Cap and Trade Fails -- Subscribers Only (155.6 KiB)

Icon of Environmental Justice Answers Environmental Justice Answers -- Subscribers Only (233.2 KiB)

Icon of Carbon Tax Update + EMERGING Master File of Key Arguments Carbon Tax Update + EMERGING Master File of Key Arguments -- Subscribers Only (374.3 KiB)

Icon of Carbon Tax Update -- 1-21-16 Carbon Tax Update -- 1-21-16 -- Subscribers Only (185.3 KiB)

Icon of Climate Change Update 1-21-16 Climate Change Update 1-21-16 -- Subscribers Only (249.0 KiB)

Icon of Carbon Tax Good Carbon Tax Good -- Subscribers Only (255.2 KiB)

Icon of Carbon Tax Bad Carbon Tax Bad -- Subscribers Only (95.4 KiB)

Icon of Climate Change Science Aff Climate Change Science Aff -- Subscribers Only (1.4 MiB)

Icon of Climate Answers Climate Answers -- Subscribers Only (313.1 KiB)

Icon of Climate Update 2 Climate Update 2 -- Subscribers Only (151.1 KiB)

Icon of Climate Change And Morality Climate Change And Morality -- Subscribers Only (299.5 KiB)

Icon of Climate Change Update -- August 10 2015 Climate Change Update -- August 10 2015 -- Subscribers Only (171.9 KiB)

Icon of Climate Impacts Climate Impacts -- Subscribers Only (460.8 KiB)

Icon of Ice Age DA Ice Age DA -- Subscribers Only (147.3 KiB)

Icon of Ice Age Answers Ice Age Answers -- Subscribers Only (256.2 KiB)

Climate change essay

Related (because carbon tax –> nuclear power)

Icon of Nuclear Power Update -- 2015 Nuclear Power Update -- 2015 -- Subscribers Only (241.2 KiB)

Icon of Nuclearpowerstrategyguide Nuclearpowerstrategyguide -- Subscribers Only (1.8 MiB)

Related (because carbon tax impacts the oil economy)

Icon of Russia Oil Disadvantage Russia Oil Disadvantage -- Subscribers Only (397.1 KiB)

Icon of Oil Dependence Bad Oil Dependence Bad -- Subscribers Only (71.0 KiB)

Icon of Oil Shocks Oil Shocks -- Subscribers Only (180.5 KiB)

Icon of Oil War Oil War -- Subscribers Only (167.6 KiB)

Icon of Peak Oil Peak Oil -- Subscribers Only (225.1 KiB)

January PF Topic

Resolved: On balance, economic sanctions are reducing the threat Russia poses to Western interests.

Table of contents

Icon of Russia Sanctions PF File -- Updated 1-6-16 Russia Sanctions PF File -- Updated 1-6-16 -- Subscribers Only (974.0 KiB)

Icon of January 21 Russia Sanctions Update January 21 Russia Sanctions Update -- Subscribers Only (113.6 KiB)

Icon of Russia Sanctions Update -- January 13 Russia Sanctions Update -- January 13 -- Subscribers Only (172.2 KiB)

Icon of January 15 Russia Sanctions Update January 15 Russia Sanctions Update -- Subscribers Only (91.0 KiB)

Icon of Russia Sanctions Update (just the update -- 1-6-16) Russia Sanctions Update (just the update -- 1-6-16) -- Subscribers Only (124.6 KiB)

FREE COPY OF THE UPDATE

The New Russia Security Policy and the topic

Main arguments run at Blake

Blake Ballots

Original essay

December PF Topic

Resolved: On balance, standardized testing is beneficial to K-12 education in the United States.

Icon of Standardized Testing -- Updated 11-14-15 Standardized Testing -- Updated 11-14-15 -- Subscribers Only (610.8 KiB)

Bibliography

Essay

November PF Topic

In response to the current crisis, a government should prioritize the humanitarian needs of refugees over its national interests.

Answering the Con’s Terrorism Argument

Answering Social Contract Theory

Answering Private Actors

Pro Terrorism Contention

Icon of Paris -- Terrrorism, Surveillance, and Refugees -- Updated 11-16-15 Paris -- Terrrorism, Surveillance, and Refugees -- Updated 11-16-15 -- Subscribers Only (179.1 KiB)

Icon of November 12 PF Refugees Update November 12 PF Refugees Update -- Subscribers Only (131.7 KiB)

Discussion of Arguments @ Minneapple

Icon of Refugees -- Core Blocks Refugees -- Core Blocks -- Subscribers Only (127.6 KiB)

Sample Pro Constructive

Sample Con Constructive

Answers to Some Questions on the November PF Resolution

Crisis, The State of Exception, and the November PF Resolution

We have a new, supplement file that has has supporting link evidence on international law, contemporary international law, international legal support, Palestinian refugees fleeing Syria, and refoulment.

Icon of PF Refugees Update PF Refugees Update -- Subscribers Only (166.9 KiB)

To support your preparation, we have a 600+ page file (below) available.  Table of Contents

Icon of Public Forum Refugees Release Public Forum Refugees Release -- Subscribers Only (1.3 MiB)

Related files:

Icon of Cosmopolitanism Answers Cosmopolitanism Answers -- Subscribers Only (310.9 KiB)

Icon of Open Borders Pro Open Borders Pro -- Subscribers Only (446.6 KiB)

Icon of Open Borders Con Open Borders Con -- Subscribers Only (133.3 KiB)

Download the PPT

Resolution Background —This  essay covers an explanation of the terms of the resolution, international law, and the strategic considerations.

Pro Essay — Arguments that support the Pro side of the resolution.

Con Essay — Arguments that support the Pro side of the resolution.

Refugee Crisis Background   This essay provides general background on the European refugee crisis.  The topic background that is specific to the resolution is above.

Refugees Daily

Bibliography

Relevant Backfiles

Icon of Human Rights Good Human Rights Good -- Subscribers Only (118.4 KiB)

Icon of Human Rights K Human Rights K -- Subscribers Only (367.5 KiB)

Icon of AT International Law AT International Law -- Subscribers Only (464.2 KiB)

Icon of International Law Good International Law Good -- Subscribers Only (120.4 KiB)

2015 September/October PF Topic

Resolved: The United States Federal Government ought to pay reparations to African Americans.

Icon of Reparations Update #5 Reparations Update #5 -- Subscribers Only (179.2 KiB)

Answering the Con’s Backlash Argument

The problem with vouchers as reparations

The failure of K-12 vouchers as reparations

The problem with job training as a repration

My ballots from Yale

Some New, Specific Arguments

Why Reparations Can’t Solve Structural Racism

Some teams argued for specific reparations — job training, educational vouchers, housing vouchers, direct financial transfers, and building hospitals and schools in poor areas.  These files has some Pro (and a lot of Con) evidence about the workability of job training and education vouchers.

Icon of Job Training Pro and Con Job Training Pro and Con -- Subscribers Only (60.3 KiB)

Vouchers Pro and Con file

Pro and Con Speeches — Two very basic speeches to help get you started. I suggest editing these to meet the expectations of your area/league.

Icon of Reparations Pro -- Constructive Speech Reparations Pro -- Constructive Speech -- Subscribers Only (26.6 KiB)

Icon of Reparations Con Speech Reparations Con Speech -- Subscribers Only (27.2 KiB)

Racism, Incarceration, and Reparations Update (9-15)

This file has all of the files below consolidated into one file (updated through 9-7) —

Icon of Reparations Master File Reparations Master File -- Subscribers Only (388.7 KiB)

Intro Essay

Pro Essay

Con Essay

Afropessimism and the trillion dollar reparation (free with registration)

Bibliography (free with registration)

Icon of Reparations Update #3 Reparations Update #3 -- Subscribers Only (141.6 KiB)

Icon of Reparations Debate -- Volume I Reparations Debate -- Volume I -- Subscribers Only (299.6 KiB)

Icon of Reparations Update Reparations Update -- Subscribers Only (109.1 KiB)

Icon of Reparations Update #2 Reparations Update #2 -- Subscribers Only (59.5 KiB)

Policy Backfile —

Icon of Reparations Good Reparations Good -- Subscribers Only (326.0 KiB)

Kiritks/Answers

Icon of Afropessimism K Afropessimism K -- Subscribers Only (935.9 KiB)

Icon of Afropessimism/Wilderson K Answers -- Updated 9-21-16 Afropessimism/Wilderson K Answers -- Updated 9-21-16 -- Subscribers Only (1.0 MiB)

Icon of Gift K Gift K -- Subscribers Only (195.9 KiB)

Resolved: On balance, police are more responsible than protesters for recent civil unrest in the United States.

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