Released: Filed Under: NCFCA Lincoln-Douglas
People strive to be prosperous. The bettering of oneself is a key motivation behind every action human beings undertake. It is the idea of increasing one’s prosperity that encourages individuals to engage in exchange with other individuals and governments to engage in exchange with other governments.
In this negative case, you will make the argument that prosperity is best achieved (on a personal and a national level) through fair trade and a free market system. The value is prosperity and it is your job to defend the ethical and economic principles that prosperity achieves. This argument is made through two contentions: first, fair trade hinders prosperity and second, free trade promotes prosperity. The first contention explains how fair trade has hurt the prosperity of producers in developing countries. The second contention argues that free trade has led to prosperity of both the producers and consumers of market interactions. The ultimate goal of this case it to prove that free trade does a better job than fair trade at increasing the prosperity of individuals both within developing nations and all across the globe.
In refutation to this case, there are two arguments that can be brought up. First, you can argue that fair trade actually does increase prosperity for producers. In a free market system that is filled with changes in demand and supply, fair trade provides stability to farmers that rely on a certain income to get by. Fair Trade systems both promote higher standards of living and protect farmers from the changes of the free market. Second, you can argue that LD is a philosophical debate and therefore, the actual policies of fair trade and free trade are less important to the round than the principles and ideas surrounding the two philosophies. When the judge makes their decision, they should vote based on which side of the resolution holds more inherent value, not which side makes for better legislation.
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Sydney competed in NCFCA for 5 years in both speech events and LD style debate. She regularly advanced to out-rounds and iron-manned nationals in 2017. Sydney is currently majoring in Philosophy and English at Grove City College and is an active member of the debate team on campus. She loves debate because it teaches how to both communicate well and understand multiple perspectives and philosophies.