Cats Versus Dogs: A Value Debate

Cats Versus Dogs: A Value Debate

It is hard to think of a debate topic that elicits as much friendly competition than the disagreement of whether cats or dogs are better. People have strong opinions, but they also  seem to enjoy the fact that the issue is irreconcilable. That the evidence for or...
The Cycle of Hypocrisy

The Cycle of Hypocrisy

Calling someone a hypocrite is popular, but a weak argument Fallacies, by definition, display poor reasoning, but that doesn’t mean they are ineffective. They are not only effective, but popular. It is hard to think of a more popular argument, or refutation, than to...
Funding Specification and Trump’s Wall

Funding Specification and Trump’s Wall

A classic debate strategy Every competitive debater goes through a period where they learn about how to craft policy proposals. Specifically, the importance of providing the right amount of specifics to the plans that they propose. It is common to specify the agent,...
Common Answers to Disadvantages

Common Answers to Disadvantages

Answering Disadvantages in a Policy Debate In chess there are different stages of the game. The first several moves are commonly referred to as ‘openings.’ It is popular for people who practice chess to memorize a set of opening moves, and stick to those moves with...

Refutation and Rejoinder

Refutation and Rejoinder are essential to any argument. Refutation is the skill of attacking the opponents arguments. Rejoinder is revisiting your own after the opponent has attacked...