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Summary: This case seeks the judge's vote for globalism because of what we do not value: Xenophobia.
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About "Anti Value of Xenophobia (NEG)"
Nearly all Lincoln-Douglas cases are built around the idea that we should choose a side of the resolution because of something we value. We should choose punishment because punishment is just (value of justice); we should choose national security because it keeps us safe (value of safety); we should use Monument Publishing’s LD cases because they’re awesome (value of awesomeness); etc., etc. Most cases in Lincoln-Douglas debate use this framework.
This case, however, isn’t “most cases.”
Instead of asking the judge to vote for globalism because of what we do value, this case seeks the judge’s vote for globalism because of what we do not value: Xenophobia. Or, in other words, the fear of people from other nations. This case aims to convince the judge that preventing xenophobia should be our most important goal, and that valuing globalism is the way to destroy xenophobia.
Instead of presenting a value, we present an Anti-Value, or an entity we should strive to avoid. With an anti-value of xenophobia, the case shows with three contentions how xenophobia is a serious threat to society and that globalism is the only way to overcome it. Nationalism, on the other hand, is merely an excuse to avoid the problem.
Read the introduction slowly to show the seriousness of the issue, that xenophobia poses a threat to today’s society. The most common arguments against this case will probably center on the Anti-Value. Affirmatives might accuse the Negative of not specifying what he/she is valuing as an alternative to xenophobia. Aff could also try to reject xenophobia altogether by claiming it is not the biggest issue in the debate round. To defend these arguments, rely on the explanations under the value and the first contention. Stick with your logic and continue to reinforce it as needed throughout the round.
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Tobias started competing in Lincoln-Douglas debate with NCFCA in 2014, earning 1st place at the New London, CT (SHINE) qualifier, 2nd place speaker at Regionals, and qualifying to Nationals twice. He’s passionate about debate, but also has a hobby of amateur radio, giving him the pleasure of talking with people from all over the world.