Below is a list of Stoa Homeschool Speech and Debate League source material released weekly for Lincoln-Douglas Debate (sometimes called value debate). The source material is written for the 2018-2019 school year resolution.
“Resolved: Criminal procedure should value truth-seeking over individual privacy.”
Earlier Stoa Lincoln-Douglas Releases
- Stoa Lincoln-Douglas Release #31: “Utah v. Strieff” (OPP) (3/18/2019)- In this OPP brief, author Thomas Sargent give some perspective on the Supreme Court Case application Utah v. Strieff.
- Stoa Lincoln-Douglas Release #30: “Patriot Act” (OPP) (3/11/2019)- This year, some debaters are running applications centered around the NSA’s surveillance programs. This is usually run as an affirmative application, though there is room for the application on both sides of the resolution (negative can certainly argue that it’s an unjust invasion of privacy). However, the current state of the Patriot Act and the NSA’s bulk collection of metadata is more complex than most affirmatives insinuate.
- Stoa Lincoln-Douglas Release #29: “Exclusionary Rule” (OPP) (3/4/2019)- In this opposition release, Mark Csoros explains how to address the popular affirmative application of the exclusionary rule.
- Stoa Lincoln-Douglas Release #28: “DNA Evidence Stands” (AFF) (2/25/2019)- DNA Evidence is a staple of criminal courts and law enforcement, and as such, must be addressed on the Affirmative. The Negative will likely cite DNA evidence in cases where it was obtained in a manner that violated someone’s privacy. This brief serves to justify this intrusion.
- Stoa Lincoln-Douglas Release #27: “Carpenter v. US” (AFF) (2/18/2019)- Carpenter v. United States has become an increasingly popular application on the Negative, and sees a great likelihood of becoming a staple Negative application as the season continues. Though this may seem like an airtight example of protecting privacy, a closer examination shows us more than a few problems with this application.
- Stoa Lincoln-Douglas Release #26: “Attorney Client Privilege” (OPP) (2/11/2019)- Attorney client privilege (ACP) sounds like a very complex and hard to understand application, but on its face its a very simple application, with a very simple goal. But as we know, simple arguments will often have simple responses. As we will discuss those responses.
- Stoa Lincoln-Douglas Release #25: “Emotions Make Poor Legislators” (NEG) (2/4/2019)- Micah then discusses we sometimes must make difficult decisions to save lives. The following brief examines this argument in detail. There are two steps that debaters ought to take when faced with emotionally charged examples like the one used here.
- Stoa Lincoln-Douglas Release #24: “Danielle Van Dam” (OPP) (1/28/2019)- Danielle Van Dam is an interesting application that serves as an emotional and impactful example. Affirmative will use this example to prove at least two things, we will discuss what those are later… but first let’s dive into what the context of the application is and what it is saying about the round.
- Stoa Lincoln-Douglas Release #23: “Defending Search Warrants” (OPP) (1/21/2019)- Depending on the specifics of the case, search warrant applications can be used on either side of the resolution. Therefore, it can be frustrating when debaters attempt to claim that search warrant applications are non-resolutional.
- Stoa Lincoln-Douglas Release #22: “Warrants” (OPP) (1/14/2019)- This brief will, for the most part, focus around one main idea: search warrants are, and have always been, a means by which privacy is protected, not violated.
- Stoa Lincoln-Douglas Release #21: “Dark Web” (OPP) (1/7/2019)- Some Affirmatives for this resolution use fear to their advantage by referencing some of the scary things that happen when privacy gets out of hand. A lesser-known but powerful application of this is the dark web argument.
- Stoa Lincoln-Douglas Release #20: “Goal” (NEG) (12/17/2018)- This case is built around a pretty simple premise: if you must choose between an inherently valuable principle and a means of attaining an inherently valuable principle, choose the principle itself.
- Stoa Lincoln-Douglas Release #19: “Justice” (AFF) (12/10/2018)- This case is special because the definitions are operationally defined. Reason being is because of this season I’ve seen that flexible, understandable, and reasonable definitions have helped me a lot in rounds attain the judge’s understanding.
- Stoa Lincoln-Douglas Release #18: “Individual Rights” (NEG) (12/3/2018)- This Negative case give the value of individual rights, arguing that Rights are essential to existence. And every society must have a viable governing body that protects their rights.
- Stoa Lincoln-Douglas Release #17: “Privacy is Dead” (AFF) (11/26/2018)- Most LD cases negotiate a delicate balance between the two ideals in the resolution, affirming the worth of both while positing the superiority of one. Dispensing with that convention, this case constitutes an unexpectedly uninhibited assault on privacy.
- Stoa Lincoln-Douglas Release #16: “Miranda Rights” (NEG) (11/19/2018)- This case leverages rights-oriented impacts without devolving into the circularity of defining privacy as a right.
- Stoa Lincoln-Douglas Release #15: “Protection” (AFF) (11/12/2018)- To sum up the case, the value is protection, particularly the protection of the innocent. The contentions focus on the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments, and on the limitations of rights. This case also explores US laws as applications.
- Stoa Lincoln-Douglas Release #14: “Liberty” (NEG) (11/5/2018)- In order to successfully address this resolution, the negative debater must show that truth, no matter how valuable, does not justify violation of fundamental rights. This download is a negative case that gives debaters the tools to do so.
- Stoa Lincoln-Douglas Release #13: “Justice For All” (AFF) (10/29/2018)- This affirmative case hopes to convince the judge that it is unjust for criminals to walk free because we couldn't use evidence against them. And, if you really think about it, that isn’t too much of a stretch. It’s a little odd that we let felons off the hook even though we know that punishment is deserved.
- Stoa Lincoln-Douglas Release #12: “Corruption” (NEG) (10/22/2018)- This case says that privacy is more than just “something we should have because it feels good”, it is instead a necessity to protect ourselves from corruption. It may be easy to be swept up in deontology, and non-practical, abstract ideas, but remember: this does affect things far beyond just our privacy.
- Stoa Lincoln-Douglas Release #11: “Public Safety” (AFF) (10/15/2018)- Your value is a buffer. If negative tries to run some abstract ideology such as protection of rights or justice, your response is simple: Subjective. The strength in public safety is that it’s objective and clear. Judges know what they’re voting for when they vote affirmative.
- Stoa Lincoln-Douglas Release #10: “Human Rights” (NEG) (10/8/2018)- This case has a certain point of view when it comes to criminal procedure. That it is the important picture. I’ll be first referencing how to take this case and understand it, and then addressing special strategies that will help when using this case.
- Stoa Lincoln-Douglas Release #09: “Probable Cause” (AFF) (10/1/2018)- Each and every day, law enforcement across America and around the world protects our security (this case's value) using one incredibly important concept: probable cause (this case's criterion).
- Stoa Lincoln-Douglas Release #08: “Innocent Until Proven Guilty” (NEG) (9/24/2018)- This negative case provides reasoning and applications for a value centered around the phrase, "Innocent until proven guilty". The case argues that the valuing of truth-seeking over privacy is an impedance to our autonomy.
- Stoa Lincoln-Douglas Release #07: “Social Contract” (AFF) (9/17/2018)- The key to persuasion (and this is true in any Lincoln-Douglas debate resolution) is to make your side seem like the emotional—yet reasonable—choice, and to shift the rhetorical debate to make your opponent’s side seem unimportant. This affirmative case does just that.
- Stoa Lincoln-Douglas Release #06: “Human Rights” (NEG) (9/10/2018)- This download is the first Negative case for Stoa Lincoln-Douglas debaters! It gives definitions, application and contentions formatted into a case that provides the value of human rights.
- Stoa Lincoln-Douglas Release #05: “Justice” (AFF) (9/3/2018)- This download is the first Affirmative case for the Stoa 19 Season! The value for this case is justice. It argues truth-seeking gets justice and privacy NEVER gets justice and therefore truth-seeking is better at getting justice than privacy.
- Stoa Lincoln-Douglas Release #04: “Applications” (INFO) (8/27/2018)- This informational article covers different court issues and the dealings of criminal procedure to give an idea and foundation of where to start when writing cases for this year's Stoa Lincoln-Douglas resolution.
- Stoa Lincoln-Douglas Release #03: “Philosophies of the Resolution” (INFO) (8/20/2018)- This informational article gives some insight on the philosophical aspects behind this year's Stoa Lincoln-Douglas resolution. To debate this year’s resolution, you must understand transcendent principles, not just precedent.
- Stoa Lincoln-Douglas Release #02: “Resolution Strategies” (INFO) (8/13/2018)- This lesson examines both sides of the resolution by examining relevant information and unique first-thoughts. While also giving some helpful tips to improve strategy.
- Stoa Lincoln-Douglas Release #01: “Resolution Overview” (INFO) (8/6/2018)- This lesson starts by defining and explaining criminal procedure, privacy, and truth-seeking. From there, it examines some potential values and criterions behind the sides of the resolution.
- Preseason: Lincoln-Douglas Debate (6/10/2018)- 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.
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