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This article is about applying the resolution to real life. When the judge receives your arguments, how will he compare them to what he has already seen and experienced? When he’s writing his ballot, the judge will tell himself a story about why one side deserves the vote. This article gives you the tools to ensure that in that story, your side is the hero, not the villain.
This resolution sounds a little bit like a question you’d get on an economics test. Trade is a complex issue that could fill thousands of words, and you lucky debaters have to condense it into 13 minutes of speaking time (not counting cross-ex). You don’t have time to compare statistics on all the world’s trade deals of the last 50 years. Even if you did, few judges would be able to follow along.
When it comes to trade, it’s hard not to overload yourself. Resist the temptation. Your best bet is to give the judge something familiar and relatable. Tell simple stories with obvious impacts. Applications can feel like heavy lifting, but if you use them well, your path to victory will be a walk in the park.
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Shaylea is an NCFCA Lincoln-Douglas debater entering her 3rd year of competition. She ranked 17th in Lincoln-Douglas at the NCFCA 2017 National Championship in St. Paul, Minnesota. She’s enthusiastic about Lincoln-Douglas debate as a tool to enhance students’ understanding of the philosophies that shape our world.