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This case takes the conventional understanding of free versus fair trade and turns it on its head. We typically see fair trade portrayed as extending a helping hand towards the poor, ensuring responsible production. Buying fair trade coffee almost feels like donating to charity.
It’s the power of charity that this case attempts to harness. It speaks straight to the idealist, those who want to make the world a better place. You’re trying to show them that voting negative will only help them achieve that dream.
If you haven’t guessed yet, the value of this case is Charity. The argument is that fair trade does a horrible job of alleviating poverty. If we want to help those who need it most, we need to equip them to prosper independently.
The contentions are very evidence heavy. The idea is to overload the affirmative with so many critiques of fair trade that they spend all their time on your arguments and forget theirs. If executed correctly, this case can give you massive offensive power.
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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.