Lincoln-Douglas debate is a one-on-one event that addresses resolutions set forth by the National Speech and Debate Association. The resolutions are announced periodically throughout the year, times specified by the NSDA. See SpeechandDebate.org/topics to see the schedule as well as the current resolutions.
Season 19 NSDA Lincoln-Douglas Releases
Monument Members receive NSDA Lincoln-Douglas releases through its novice and first resolution. Archive material may be made available if new resolutions justify it, and they will be marked as “bonus” downloads.
- NSDA Lincoln-Douglas Release BONUS: “Democracy” (AFF)- This is an Affirmative Lincoln-Douglas case for the NSDA Nov/Dec resolution. This case was reworked from another league when a similar resolution was run in 2006.
- NSDA Lincoln-Douglas Release #12: “Media Trust” (NEG)- This case is centered around its value. It’s going to be extremely difficult, if not impossible for an affirmative team to argue that confidentiality increases people’s trust in the press. Spend most of your time on the value, developing it. The case spends a lot of time currently in the contention.
- NSDA Lincoln-Douglas Release #11: “Justice” (AFF)- Journalists help keep us accountable. They provide the people in any society with the information hey need to make the most informed decisions possible. More than that, they do the investigating that exposes injustice in the world around us.
- NSDA Lincoln-Douglas Release #10: “Truth” (NEG)- 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)- 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)- 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)- 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)- 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)- 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)- 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)- 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)- This download is a 3 fold way of analyzing the topic of civil disobedience.
- NSDA Lincoln-Douglas Release #01: “Overview of Civil Disobedience” (INFO)- 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- This preseason document introduces you to the most exciting competitive event of Lincoln-Douglas Debate.This lesson gives students the structure, explanation and this year's Lincoln-Douglas resolution.
Season 19 Release Schedule
Monument releases content every Monday morning through four quarters (2 semesters). Each quarter contains hundreds of releases, custom written to specific leagues and events, totaling 500 guaranteed releases for the entire year. Click here for preseason and free downloads. The school season is as follows:
- Quarter 1 • August 6 through October 8, 2018
Ten releases for 14 events and categories. Events include Policy Debate, Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum, Parliamentary Debate, Extemp, Apologetics, Platform and Interpretation. Perfect to start your journey through the competitive year.
- Quarter 2 • October 15 through December 17, 2018
Releases continue, this time with case and brief development for speakers and debaters in policy, value, parli and all the speech events. Perfect for those who want to be transformed into champion competitors for the first tournaments of the year.
- Quarter 3 • January 7 through March 11, 2019
Members are delivered more specific negative and opposition briefs. Eleven different events and categories for 220 additional downloads throughout the year. Perfect for debaters who need to own the source content to maximize their competitive success.
- Quarter 4 • March 18 through May 20, 2019
The home stretch through state, regional and national championships, the fourth quarter releases additional downloads for those speakers and debaters who are ready to win. Perfect for those who need additional help to differentiate themselves from other champions.
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