Summary: This case is built with a value traditionally associated with globalism in order to promote nationalism: International Cooperation.
Released: Filed Under: NCFCA Lincoln-Douglas
About "International Cooperation"
One of the best ways to strengthen your position in a debate is to use the strengths of your opponent’s position against them. By demonstrating how arguments typically associated with the opposing viewpoint actually support your own, you substantially bolster your own arguments and set up your case for success.
In order to achieve that goal, this affirmative case is built around using a value traditionally associated with globalism in order to promote nationalism. The value for this case is “international cooperation.” Of course, this sounds at first like it would be a strength of globalism. Yet this affirmative approach argues just the opposite. In essence, this affirmative case contends that nationalism is the only way to promote vibrant international cooperation by building such cooperation on the proper foundations and motivations. By exploring the motives behind a nation’s actions, this case demonstrates that a vibrant national identity is key to effective cooperation between nations.
When running this case, it’s important to keep the focus on the long-term, big picture impact of the values. Because nationalism and globalism are such far-reaching philosophies, it’s not enough to observe their immediate impact. In order to evaluate these principles correctly, it’s essential that we consider how our choices will impact every future generation. With this in mind, be sure to evaluate every negative argument from this same perspective. How will our choices today affect the world around us in the decades and centuries to come? When argued properly, this question should lead the judge to the answer of nationalism.
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