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Summary: This case aims to show how nationalism is more important than globalism due to the simple idea of patriotism, that citizens love and defend their country.
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About "Patriotism (AFF)"
Every year, when the new LD resolution comes out, I ask myself the same question: “Why do I personally believe X should be valued above Y?” This year, I asked, “Why do I personally think that nationalism should be valued above globalism?” And with the affirmative position, “Why do I believe that we should prioritize our nation over other nations?”
One of my answers is patriotism.
This case aims to show how nationalism is more important than globalism due to the simple idea of patriotism – that citizens love and defend their country. It argues that patriotism is the highest value because it is the blood that keeps nations alive, and that upholding patriotism demands that we value nationalism above globalism. The philosophical definition of patriotism by a top expert on the subject adds credibility to the case. Rather than merely a simple value link, an entire contention is devoted to explaining the value, complete with both hypothetical and real examples.
To further show how patriotism is necessary for society and how only nationalism can uphold it, the contentions reference the applications of Ukraine, the United Nations, and Brexit. These examples illustrate patriotism as essential for society and reveal that valuing nationalism over globalism is the only way to be patriotic.
The most obvious argument that could be run against this case is one of circularity — that patriotism and nationalism represent the same thing. However, the attitude vs. behavior argument presented in the case is designed to directly preempt and counter this idea. Stick with it to the bitter end. Don’t let Neg classify nationalism as merely a “belief”; it is defined as a “policy,” and a policy is certainly not a belief. Always believe strongly in your case and what it argues.
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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.