For those working on the Homeland Security piece, let's use this post as an open thread as we put together the article. I'd like to begin by working out two tentative thesis statements for the piece: first, an esoteric thesis that states what we'd like the readers to "read between the lines," and second, an exoteric thesis that states what the article, when read literally and unironically, should say. This terminology is itself ironic, as it was developed by Leo Strauss, the godfather of neoconservatism.
My own belief is that we should:
1) make it abundantly obvious the piece is meant to be read ironically (rather than trying to pull a Sokal-esque "hoax"), and
2) direct the bulk of the venom toward the "terrorist" debate coaches who enable and encourage the "extremism" of discourse in policy debate.
Here's a first stab at an "esoteric" thesis: As academics continually confront the right wing "liberalism enables terrorism" meme, the events surrounding the 1954 debate topic might be instructive in demonstrating the importance of free and vigorous inquiry in both debate and academia. Whatcha think?