creating new oppression that people would then be justified in responding to with violence. The argument that communist revolutions can create a functional dictatorship of the proletariat could lead to violence committed by counter revolutionaries who seek to reverse the revolution. Empirically, revolution doesn’t end all oppression within a country. Oftentimes oppression is just shifted on to a different population within a country which justifies further revolution. Final Thoughts Whatever route you choose to go with your arguments remember two things about nationals. First, the better prepared debater will usually win so make sure you’ve blocked out your cases extremely well. Second, don’t forget to enjoy it. Many debaters dream of just making it to NSDA. If you’re lucky enough to compete at the national tournament remember that you’ve already done something impressive. Cheer on your friends if you don’t advance and embrace the special community that you are a part of. Good luck to you all! References
Topic Analysis by Daniel Shatzkin June 2019 Champion Briefs46 Bentley, J. H., Ziegler, H. F., & Streets-Salter, H. (2016). Traditions & encounters: A brief global history. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education. Buchanan, Allen, 8-21-2017, "Revolution (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy), Merriam Webster Online, no date "Definition of OPPRESSION," No Publication, Palmer, R., Colton, J., & Kramer, L. (2007). A History of the Modern World since 1815.
Topic Analysis by Shankar Krishnan June 2019 Champion Briefs47 Topic Analysis by Shankar Krishnan Resolved: Violent revolution is a just response to political oppression. This topic analysis derives its structure heavily from my (Shankar Krishnan’s) NSDA topic analysis of the past.1. Background of Targeted KillingIn this section I shall briefly go into the history of violent revolutions that form the core of the topic. 1.1 Historical “Violent” revolution Violent revolutions have been part and parcel of the world’s history and have occurred many times to yield positive and negative results. The first key example that comes to mind and will resonate in the minds of judges the most is the American revolution, where America fought back against perceived British political oppression to yield what in history is considered a positive result: modern American democracy. Another example is the French revolution, which initially resulted in Robespierre’s Reign of Terror, generally considered a negative result. 2. The Affirmative As this topic is for the NSDA national tournament, as in the past, I will only outline one affirmative position, as I always believed in becoming very familiar with explaining one core idea
Topic Analysis by Shankar Krishnan June 2019 Champion Briefs48 to traditional and parent judges. These positions would have enough flexibility that debaters could go more technical with them but are not intended for primarily technical debates.