[eDebate] A Message to the Debate Community

Josh jbhdb8
Mon Apr 7 19:53:23 CDT 2008

So, let me get this straight, the NDT hierarchy and cabal "protected" the
"old guard" at CEDA when people freaked out about Towson who won the
tournament.  Towson also cleared at the NDT...must have been a conspiracy,


On Mon, Apr 7, 2008 at 8:45 PM, <scottelliott at grandecom.net> wrote:

> Sounds like you have a problem with the elitism of the NDT, and not with
> My recollection at CEDA Nats '08 was there were plenty of small school
> students
> and coaches rooting for Towson, the upsets were a breath of fresh air.
> That the
> "old guard" rallied to protec their precious NDT is an indictment of the
> elitists, not of the debate community writ large.
> Working for some form of inclusion or "respect" from the NDT will not
> solve the
> problem of elitism within policy debate. All it would mean is that Towson
> gets
> co-opted at the "elite" token school, thereby allowing the elitists to
> point to
> their token and say, "see, we are inclusive...." It will be interesting to
> see
> iin the next few years how Towson will be "used" like a prison punk to
> demonstrate that policy debate has broken down its barriers for inclusion,
> just
> as a few tokens of female particpation are currently used.
> I think Marxist theory may be a better explantion of what is going on.
> Scott
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