Released: Filed Under: NCFCA Lincoln-Douglas
This case wins or loses on the framework. Here’s how you argue that effectively.
Ethics either outweighs or subsumes any value your opponent presents. In other words, you can demonstrate that either ethics is more important than your opponent’s value (if your opponent’s value is pragmatic) or ethics encompasses your opponent’s value (if your opponent’s value is moral). The two-value links establish a robust basis for preferring ethics. Do not neglect the impact that valuing ethics highest means prioritizing whatever is more ethical.
The resolutional analysis defends an unorthodox yet eminently justifiable position: The resolution juxtaposes regulation with no regulation. When free trade is defined as no restrictions, fair trade necessarily must involve restrictions because (a) debate requires a conflict between the terms and (b) the resolutional wording requires a conflict between the terms. Furthermore, the resolution defines the resolution in the context of a government actor and the only viable mode of prioritization for the government to perform in trade is regulating. Once you’ve proven those elements, the “fairness” component of fair trade indicates that the government regulation has a particular purpose of enforcing fairness—justified logically and intuitively.
You’ve now constructed the following premises:
- Ethics is the highest goal (so vote for the most ethical option).
- Free trade is unrestricted (and as a result contains no ethical boundaries).
- Fair trade is restricted for the purpose of ethics.
The only conclusion is to vote AFF.
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Joel consistently won tournaments or advanced deep into elimination rounds in NCFCA speech and Lincoln-Douglas debate. As a collegiate forensics competitor, he has enjoyed similar success with parliamentary debate and mock trial. Currently, Joel studies philosophy at Wheaton College and coaches debate for multiple organizations.