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Summary: This value-centric case is probably your most aggressive negative option. Run this if you’re prepared to lean into it.
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About "War and Peace"
War is morally heinous, terrifying, and lethal – and almost everyone accepts that premise prima facie. Capitalizing on beliefs your judge likely harbors already empowers this case to run incendiary rhetoric, leverage enduring moral values, evoke judge sympathy, and refer to potent historical applications emphasizing war’s deleterious impact on humanity.
This value-centric case is probably your most aggressive negative option. Run this if you’re prepared to lean into it. Don’t apologize for it: your point is that conflict mitigation is the critical imperative of a nuclear-armed human race, and no other value or policy concern should eclipse our desire to preserve sacred human lives.
The listed value is peace, but you could easily switch to life or an anti-value of war. This version uses peace because it’s a middle ground between life (the link between life & war is less direct and ambiguous) and anti-values (which can be confusing). With minor rhetorical tweaks, however, you can embrace either alternative.
The case contains three value links to emphasize the crucial status of the value. Time = importance, and spending time on the value highlights it to the judge. Winning the value is critical for you. Fight on the hedgerows and beaches.
While the value is the most strategically important component of your case, the contentions contain a verbal firestorm. They’re terrifying because they walk the judge through war as a policy decision; you’re offering the judge a window into a demagogue or dictator’s head, helping them conceptualize the process by which heinous rulers justify conflict or genocide. It isn’t your fault that – at the heart of their malice and wickedness – nationalism lies festering. You’re supposed to be the enlightened happy warrior regretfully explaining a horrifying human failure, and chiding future humans to avoid the mistakes of the past.
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Following an illustrious debate career in the NCFCA, Chris enrolled at Grove City College in the Fall of 2016, where he currently holds a fellowship to study philosophy. He coaches for and competes on the Grove City Parliamentary Debate Team, for which he secured a national speaking title in March 2017. In his spare time, he enjoys playing gigs as a member of the GCC string quartet.