Summary: This negative case is built around the value of quality of life.
Released: Filed Under: NCFCA Lincoln-Douglas
About "It's a Quality Life (NEG)"
When I first heard the resolution for this year, one essential question came to mind: for whom? When we’re debating philosophies as large and complex as nationalism and globalism, it’s easy to get so caught up in the big picture that we forget to focus on the most vital question; namely, who are we trying to benefit through the establishment of either value framework? If we choose to value globalism over nationalism, or vice versa, who is benefitting? Whose interests do we have in mind? This case seeks to focus the debate on the people in order to clarify the context of the debate. With a resolution as broad as this one, it’s vital to establish that kind of context.
To that end, this negative case is built around the value of quality of life. The key issue with which this case deals is how we can build a world that promotes the greatest quality of life for the most people in every nation across the globe. This includes the protection of human rights, a prosperous economic situation, and a stable political system. By narrowing the focus of the debate to more tangible, personal issues, this case makes the resolution more relatable to the judge and puts forth globalism as a more practical, down-to-earth approach.
In order to successfully run this case, it’s important to keep the focus on how every issue affects the lives of everyday people. In your response to the affirmative case, keep this perspective and use it to your advantage. It would also be wise to do further research and find more specific applications that clearly tie globalism to domestic benefits for the people that you can bring up in your rebuttal. If you can keep the debate on your turf, this case should be a great step toward success in your negative rounds!
Note: This case was built as part of an exercise at the Olympic Debate Camp where I coached the LD students. After a lecture on case-building, my class worked together, under my supervision, to build a basic affirmative and negative case. I did the research and filled in the rhetoric, but I wanted to give a shout-out to my awesome students for their part in building this case! You’re published now, team!
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