Below is a list of NSDA source material released weekly for Lincoln-Douglas Debate (sometimes called value debate). The source material is written for the 2018-2019 school year resolutions, each released throughout Season 19.
Earlier NSDA Lincoln-Douglas Releases
- NSDA Lincoln-Douglas Release #10: “Truth” (NEG) (10/8/2018) - Affirmative debaters take note, negative debaters take heed. This case does address the reporter’s rights, but only vaguely. It provides more analysis for why reporters should not keep confidential sources, but less or why reporters ought not have the right to protect sources. This is a fine line, but one that ought to be observed. Negative debaters should be prepared to defend the case on this point in particular.
- NSDA Lincoln-Douglas Release #09: “Free Speech” (AFF) (10/1/2018) - This case, in essence, consists of you asking the judge why citizens should be compelled by their government to speak. After all, compelling speech is the same as controlling speech, and requiring the names of confidential sources to be released is the same as compelling speech. All done.
- NSDA Lincoln-Douglas Release #08: “Public Safety” (NEG) (9/24/2018) - This case requires you to win the definition of a right, and to hold that over your opponent. Your resolutional analysis is key. If you can prove that reporters do not have a legal entitlement to keep their sources confidential, you can with any negative round this year.
- NSDA Lincoln-Douglas Release #07: “Freedom” (AFF) (9/17/2018) - This resolution questions whether reporters ought to have access to the essential tools that make their job possible. The case for freedom answers that question with a definite ‘yes.’
- NSDA Lincoln-Douglas Release #06: “Bernie Sanders” (NEG) (9/10/2018) - Bernie Sander has a history of civil disobedience? This case paints the parallel between Bernie Sanders evolution of beliefs and the maturation of socialism.
- NSDA Lincoln-Douglas Release #05: “Anarchist” (AFF) (9/3/2018) - This philosophically strong case explores the idea of civil disobedience by looking at the justifications of anarchy.
- NSDA Lincoln-Douglas Release #04: “Popular Sovereignty” (NEG) (8/27/2018) - Considering speed limits and the chaos of the Ferguson looting and riots, the Negative case delves into the value of popular sovereignty.
- NSDA Lincoln-Douglas Release #03: “National Interest” (AFF) (8/20/2018) - This affirmative case will argue that in order to protest unjust wars where no political party in the democracy will object, truly patriotic people will use civil disobedience to protest the war. This case focuses mainly on the example of the Vietnam War protests.
- NSDA Lincoln-Douglas Release #02: “Resolutional Analysis of Civil Disobedience” (INFO) (8/13/2018) - This download is a 3 fold way of analyzing the topic of civil disobedience.
- NSDA Lincoln-Douglas Release #01: “Overview of Civil Disobedience” (INFO) (8/6/2018) - For the purpose to debate civil disobedience. This document is a introductory document that discusses the ins and outs of the civil discourse between citizens and government.
- Preseason: Lincoln-Douglas Debate (6/10/2018) - This preseason document introduces you to the most exciting competitive event of Lincoln-Douglas Debate.
Season 19 Release Schedule
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- Preseason • June-July
June and July consist of weekly releases on the front cover of MonumentMembers.com. These releases consist of official downloads explaining the transformative power of successful speech and debate participation.
- Semester 1 begins August 6
Releases begin in August and last through December, totaling 20 official lessons for 14 events and categories: 280 total downloads! Events include Policy Debate, Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum, Parliamentary Debate, Extemp, Apologetics, Platform and Interpretation.
- Semester 2 begins January 4
Releases begin in January and last through May, totaling 20 additional releases for 11 events and categories: 220 total downloads! A special invitation to some national tournament training will be extended to Semester 2 Monument Members who make it to their national competition.
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