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Summary: This affirmative case is focused on the preservation of those objectives through nationalism.
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About "Self-preservation (AFF)"
A healthy nation and government will protect and represent the rights and values of its citizens. This affirmative case is focused on the preservation of those objectives through nationalism. The value is self-preservation which preserves the rights and values of a nation’s citizens. Any action a government takes should be done in the interest of self-preservation.
The criterion, or way that value will be achieved and protected, is Sovereignty. Your position is to argue that when a country is sovereign (independent and in control of its own affairs) it leads to self-preservation. The goals and priorities of one country may not be the same goals and priorities of another. A nation’s sovereignty enables it to make decisions that best preserve the rights of the its citizens.
The resolutional analysis explains that the choice between Nationalism and Globalism implies prioritization of one above the other. As the affirmative, it will be your job to defend the prioritization of nationalism. Sovereignty preserves a nation and the affirmative case seeks to prove that nationalism best protects the principle of sovereignty. The first contention explains how every nation is different, holding interests that are unique rather than collective. Nationalism protects sovereignty because it views the interests of one nation, separate from the others. This separation allows countries to operate independently, prioritizing national interest.
The second contention explains the dangers that come along with prioritizing global interests over the interests of a specific nation. When a country has an obligation to global interests over its own, it can be put into a position to act against what’s best for its preservation. The case concludes explaining how good foreign policy can only come from strong nations. Before focusing on a global agenda, a nation must first meet the needs of its own citizens. Nationalism is what protects a nation’s sovereignty, best preserving the rights and interests of its citizens.
The best way to refute this case is to point out the possible dangers of sovereignty. Argue that nations can negatively exercise their sovereignty, leading to human rights abuses and corruption. Another point of refutation is that, focusing on a nation’s interests alone, ignores global issues that may impact that country. Global problems should be met with global solutions.
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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.