[eDebate] crab and lobster bisque with fennel and leeks or how i learned that switch side debate is barely so.

Andy Ellis andy.edebate
Wed Jul 18 15:13:58 CDT 2007

Thought 1
So on the first episode of hells kitchen that showed this week, the final
challenge in one competition came down to a lobster bisque showdown...both
sides had a bisque, the red team chef didnt know a ton about bisque but she
knew what made a good soup, the blue team chef is a fish expert and he made
an extrordinarily fancy bisque with techincaly proficient but specilized
flavors. Red team wins. Chef does like technical cheffery, he likes food and
rich flavor.

Thought 2
The topics upon which the majority of switch side theory was based upon are
different than the topics now.It seems like root branch topics have become
the norm and replaced more mono directed topics... But we still develop the
same theory...yet the topics seem at odds with switch side theory given
todays resolutions, and in many ways swicth side comes to mean you must
defend the state, you must defend supreme court action, you must
constructivly engage, but very little beyond that. The branches are an
innovation that prevents people from having to do much switch siding. Say
for example i really do not belive in school desgregation, under current
topics i can choose an aff i like better and escape the need for switching
sides. Say i dont think palestine should exist, i dont have to defend
interaction with it on the aff...some defenders of these topics may say,
well the question is "should we construcivly engage" or "should the supreme
court overturn stuff" and that the branches are not important, but if thats
the case it feeds my argument that switch side as we currently define it
builds in a ton of ways to not switch sides, and to skirt the controversey.

thought 3
Technical stuff that some people like are ways to skirt having to switch
sides, you get a built in sstrat for each area, and dont have to really
press those argumenst through the switch side process but with one of them
on the aff....

thought 4...its not that there is no side switching its that the theory and
the practice differ and balancing ground is just another word for not
engaging the controversy....in a truly switch side manor.

though 5...in theory debating bot sides of prison reform would be great,
current topic simply dont make that as much of a necisity as topics such as

RESOLVED: "That the federal government should implement a program which
guarantees employment opportunities for all United States citizens in the
labor force."

RESOLVED: "That the further development of nuclear weapons should be
prohibited by international agreement."

RESOLVED: "That the requirement of membership in a labor organization as a
condition of employment should be illegal."

RESOLVED: "That executive control of United States foreign policy should be
significantly curtailed.

RESOLVED:"That all United States military intervention into the internal
affairs of any foreign nation or nations in the Western Hemisphere should be

RESOLVED: "That the United States should reduce substantially its military
commitments to NATO member states.
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