Take your ball and go home
Thu Feb 22 12:50:33 CST 2001
Interesting Ks: (1)The anti-(some)K crowd is classist; 2) Here are a bunch
of Ks that are good that no one is attacking (those that impact policy
K debaters are certainly better at the spin.
Not wanting ot join them, SB
On Thu, 22 Feb 2001, Aaron Klemz wrote:
> I think that one of the most amusing parts of this kritik thread that has
> sprawled out all over the listserve is the "get thee out of OUR policy
> forum" argument that's popping up. What a hoot. You say that debate is a
> game, and when you lose rounds you tell the people who won the ballot to get
> out of "your" BEACH-FRONT COMMUNITY.
> "This is what happens to deadbeats, Evans."
> Now, not everyone is quite so contradictory in this thread, but nonetheless
> I find the insistance on a "pure" form of policy making to be rather funny.
> I think one of the most dramatic flaws in the way "policy making" happens in
> the "real world" is the lack of rumination on the philosophical bases for
> policy change. We have an exceptionally unexamined foreign policy
> (especially military) policy that relies on what many serious scholars
> believe to be an unreflective view of the state behavior (realism). You
> don't have to be a nihilist to think that some discussion of the "hidden"
> assumptions of the authors you cite might have some import on the policy
> making process.
> Hey, not everyone in this activity is a lawyer-in-training or a
> congress_man_ (intentional) in the works. Some of us like the study of
> argument (hence, the location of many debate teams in Communication
> departments.) Some of us like to import other theories from diverse fields
> (literary criticism [Spanos], film criticism [Trinh Minh-Ha], rhetorical
> criticism [Nakayama, among others]) and test their "fit" in the context of
> debate about policy.
> In the end, the currency and strength of any argument, including the dreaded
> "kritik" or "performative" argument can be seen in their competitive success
> and the number of teams that utilize these arguments. Judges, in the end,
> decide what arguments are "acceptable" and "unacceptable."
> If you can't beat em, join em, that's what I said. And I _like_ it, too.
> Aaron Klemz
> Illinois State U.
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