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QPQ Kritik For Policy
Posted by Michael Antonucci on September 10, 2016

A number of policy teams have been reading their affs as different version of a "quid pro quo" - exchange of one thing for another with the PRC. We have a kritik of that!  It is posted here as a standalone critique - BUT it also works as a net benefit to a counterplan.  You can just counterplan to do the aff as NOT a quid pro quo. Example: Greenhill SK Says: The United States federal government should substantially increase its diplomatic engagement with the People's Republic of China by offering to withdraw United States military presence from the Korean Peninsula in exchange for the People's Republic of China's support for a peaceful unification of the Korean Peninsula. You can say: The United States federal government should substantially increase its diplomatic engagement with the People's Republic of China by withdrawing United States military presence from the Korean Peninsula.  The United States should ask the People's Republic of China's support for a peaceful unification of the Korean Peninsula. (NOTE: This CP/K combo works especially well when they don't have a really good defense of linking the two issues.)

Neg Position vs. North Broward MR
Posted by Michael Antonucci on September 9, 2016

North Broward is an up and coming young team from an up and coming debate power center. They were recently invited to the Michigan Round Robin for Juniors. I have a lot of thoughts on their aff, as well as strategies against K affs.  Interested master subscribers should inquire. In the interim, here's a strategy based on their use of the term "genealogy" in their advocacy text: "North Broward affirms a genealogy of the resolution that reveals the fissures in the linear teleological universals of diplomatic engagement between the USFG and PRC. " This counterplan pics out of the term.  Since many teams use it, it's going to have considerably broader application.

Public Forum – Probable Cause Wave 2
Posted by Michael Antonucci on September 9, 2016

Given the unusual nature of the current Public Forum topic, we've been releasing in waves. Today, we released the second wave on the Probable Cause topic, as assembled by Mr. Michael Koo, TOC Champion and current student at Hopkins.  It should be fully compatible with the first. We will also synthesize the file for Master Subscribers within a few days. Thanks for reading! 2013-09-steadman-police

PUBLIC FORUM CASE TEMPLATE
Posted by Michael Antonucci on September 8, 2016

Welcome back to Planet Debate for the 2016-17 season! We're excited to have our subscribers back on board to the completely redesigned website.

In addition to our files, we're designing some new software applications for subscribers. Our current project is a template that's specifically engineered for the needs of Public Forum debate.

Public Forum is not policy. It shouldn't have to use the products designed for policy and LD. Specifically, Public Forum places a high premium on complete availability of all source material. Our vision is a two tiered footnoting process for both Pro and Con cases.

Planet Debate Public Forum cases will thus have a first layer of footnotes, which will take you to a more extended paragraph, or what LD and policy debaters think of as cards. An additional click will take you to the complete source material. Each source article will be separated by a distinct header.

This system will certainly help you organize your material. Just as importantly, it will help you avoid the "stall." Many Public Forum debaters stall for prep by continually asking for your sources. Organizing them within a single document helps to avoid this process altogether.

Please send your feedback to let us know what you think! We want to participate in the design of a real industry standard for Public Forum debate materials.