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Summary: This is a pre-value-centric case that depicts nationalism as a moral imperative by framing the debate around the obligations unique to governmental bodies.
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This is a pre-value-centric case that depicts nationalism as a moral imperative by framing the debate around the obligations unique to governmental bodies. The definitions work as a paired set, conceiving of nationalism and globalism as prioritization schemes – triage for governmental obligations. Given this framework, the resolution poses a simple question: should a government prioritize the wellbeing of their nation or their world? This unbiased definitional frame is key to the case. Following that, the resolutional analysis clarifies that the resolutional actor is government; it’s a clean, easy-to-win argument that citizens lack the resources and influence to make substantive decisions about nationalism and globalism.
Next up, the case runs a buffer value of Moral Rightness. The key here is deploying the value as a catch-all defensive move that kills almost any opposing value with a reason to prefer amounting effectively to: being moral matters more than any other objective.
The rest of the case is straightforward: given that nationalism and globalism refer, respectively, to prioritizing a government’s nation or a nation’s world, a government actor – the only plausible agent of the resolution – is morally obligated to choose nationalism, because that’s government’s job.
This case is powerful for three reasons:
1) It’s simple and easy to understand; even neophyte community judges can intuitively comprehend the argument. There should be almost no confusion in rebuttals.
2) It allows the affirmative to cleanly dodge some of nationalism’s less pleasant interpretations by clarifying that the resolution pertains exclusively to government, not private actors, citizens, or civic organizations (you don’t have to talk about the KKK).
3) It’s persuasive. Judges will want to side with the guy (or girl) who steps up to the lectern and says: make a decision because it’s morally right. Moreover, it seems fairly intuitive that a government should – when pressed – prioritize their citizens over non-citizens. Lean into this persuasive force and let it work for you. This is an unambiguous, moral case that judges will want to support because it feels right.
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