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Summary: This case prioritizes nationalism as the only way to ensure all opinions are respected.
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About "Minority Opinion (AFF)"
A common perception of nationalism is that it’s anti-diversity. People think of Hitler or Trump and conclude that nationalists only want to protect their own kind. This case turns that perception on its head. It argues that the best way to preserve different cultures is by allowing countries to abide by their cultural beliefs, even if those beliefs represent the minority of the globe.
It makes this argument by viewing nationalism as exercising national sovereignty, while globalism is viewed as infringement upon that sovereignty. Furthermore, it uses its definitions to put the resolution into a policy perspective. The value is Minority Opinion. Basically, protecting a nation’s sovereignty allows it to exercise its opinion even when most of the world disagrees with it.
Now, many NEGs will object to the idea that valuing globalism means taking away national sovereignty. This means that most of your battle will be fought defending your definitions. The resolutional analysis is based on the definitions, so it’s important that your definitions stand.
If you can hold your ground on this framework, you’ve got an easy win. This case frames the conflict in a way that makes nationalism obviously reasonable. Global cooperation is good, but countries should get to choose when and how they participate in it. Who would want to argue with that? Furthermore, it makes globalism look obviously unreasonable. International powers-that-be stripping smaller nations of their cultures? How could anyone advocate for that?
The application of globalism disrespecting minority opinion is hard hitting. However, NEG might argue that it’s an extreme example. Use your framework to explain how globalism inherently leads to this kind of abuse. Prioritizing nationalism is the only way to ensure all opinions are respected.
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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.