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Summary: There is good reason why morality should be the main goal of this resolution. This case shows how.
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About "Morality (NEG)"
This article was written by Season 18 author Ethan Tong.
This case tackles this resolution on principle rather than results. It discusses the worldview implications of valuing nationalism or globalism through the last two contentions. The most important part of globalism, according to this case, is that it recognizes morality or immorality regardless of country or origin.
In case of conflict of value, the debater should seek to argue from a value level. There is good reason why morality should be the main goal of this resolution. Because the value is so imperative in order to conduct a paradigm-focused debate, this value should be carried throughout as the crux of the round, if argued.
An interesting point to note from this resolution is that it does not specify an actor, but rather a transcendent truth. It doesn’t say “nationalism ought to be valued above globalism in the United States,” but rather assumes that there is an overarching principle which can be applied to any and every country. If the opposing debater attempts to say that the U.S. should stick to their own principles, the debater should ask if Iran should do the same. The resolution does not narrow this down to the U.S. only.
It is important to understand the value of morality. Nationalism doesn’t necessarily ignore morality per se, but it can be argued to ignore one of the fundamental assumptions of morality: that there is absolute truth. If the judge can be convinced that Nationalism denies absolute truth, morality is undermined by the affirmative side of the resolution.
The repetition at the conclusion is on purpose, because it serves to remind the judge of the premise behind the negative case—that, regardless of country, an injustice is an injustice.
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