It would be great if this is the case now, but I find that humorous based on my experience from 2004-2009. There was a strong conservative bias at play in many debate rounds (free markets good/policies requiring govt intervention bad, foreign aid bad, not to mention immigration year). IE rounds were even more skewed. All I had to do with an extemp topic about North Korea or Iran was present a simplified neo-con perspective on the situation without much analysis and generally that resulted in high rankings. And of course apologetics is explicitly bound by orthodoxy.
Ginger Josh wrote:
Yeah, I'll admit that there were some rounds that I won simply because I appealed to a judge's bias better than my opponent did. There were exceptions, but parent judges often brought their conservative bias with them to the round.
Oh, there's definitely conservative bias, don't get me wrong. There's some sort of political bias, liberal or conservative, in pretty much every debate league I've ever heard of. My point is that the article acts like NCFCA's goal is to brainwash kids into being more conservative, or at least to make kids reach predetermined conclusions. I'm saying NCFCA makes a special effort not
to do that in the resolutions they choose.
On a side note, I'd mention that while there is conservative judging bias, it's not very extreme and it doesn't come into play in the vast majority of TP cases. Most cases have nothing in them that would invoke bias. Furthermore, I've won plenty of rounds against FTA cases without much trouble, and I basically argued that free markets were bad. I also defeated a counter-plan once by arguing that it would hurt people by cutting funding to the Affordable Care Act (and both parent judges voted for me, I might add). And I did fairly well with a case to remove TNWs from Turkey, which is advocated almost exclusively by liberals. That same year, lots of my friends ran cases to expand foreign aid and did fantastic, while most cases to cut foreign aid were disastrous. So maybe the league has changed, but I don't notice that
That said, I have noticed some cases that unfortunately incite bias (Abolish Hate Crimes laws and MDT with Israel come readily to mind).
As for extemp, I never noticed any political bias in it, but I wasn't ever that into it, so I can't really say. Keep in mind, however, that neo-con foreign policy (and especially free trade) are pretty much mainstream nowadays, so it's only natural that you'd argue for it more often than not.
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