I was active in academic debate for over a decade as a theorist, participant, web guy, judge, and coach. I had some success as a competitor both in high school (third at NFLs) and in college (cleared at both CEDA and NDT). I volunteer with the District of Columbia Urban Debate League, which I wrote about here.
Until 2010 I published several websites for high school and college policy debaters and coaches, including Cross-X.com, which is still active under new ownership.
I myself have been debating in various format for quite a long time. I have a tape of what I beleive in my first debate ever. At age six I debated the merits of Garbage Pail Kids on WNYC. Listen here (I come on about 7:30 in). Unfortunately, the recording ends abruptly because the source tape was broken.
Debate | Washington Post
Sunday, June 24, 2007; Page B08
The Senate is often referred to as the world's greatest deliberative body, and it is home to some of the most important debates in the world.
Yet in its shadow has been a school system that is deficient in academic debate -- the training ground that has taught many senators their craft and has prepared countless Americans for their professions. As recently as five years ago, there was no organized debate in the District's public schools. Since then, the District of Columbia Urban Debate League has had success, but it faces enormous barriers.
My good friend and mentee Marco DeSena asked that I post this here in the blog, because it's kind of buried on the site. It's my first debate ever.
At age six I debated the merits of Garbage Pail Kids on WNYC. Listen here (I come on about 7:30 in). Yes, I know it gets cut off, and right in the middle of a good part.
You'll note that my views on market-oriented economics were already largely formed!
Debate | NDCA Newsletter
NDCA Newsletter, June 2002
The Problem of Plan-Contingent Counterplans
Debate theory develops in an ad-hoc fashion to regulate the excesses of
Cross-X.com | Debate
Resolutional justification should be the paradigmatic basis for debate theory.
Has Kerpen lost his mind? What sort of demented reactionary, regressive move is this? What about the problem of counterwarrants? What about critiques and counterplans?
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