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Summary: When we view the resolution through an economic lens, the success of free trade proves globalism superior.
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About "Free Trade Disappointments"
Free trade contributes to a globalized economy. It encourages countries to pool resources and cooperate to meet common economic goals, and it discourages countries from isolating their economy or excluding other nations in their trade. Because of this, a common negative strategy is to link this concept to globalism. The basic argument is that free trade is the philosophy of globalism applied to economics. Thus, when we view the resolution through an economic lens, the success of free trade proves globalism superior.
This brief equips you to debunk the myth of free trade’s success. It begins with some background on what free trade is and its scope in today’s policy. Negative should have already explained this, but in case you feel the judge needs further explanation, these cards should cover the basics.
The evidence then discusses how free trade has played out in recent years. It includes some statistics and a chart, as well as commentary. From this data, you can explain how while it is true that free trade has helped lift foreigners out of poverty, it has done so at the white working class’s expense. The section of cards following explains why free trade led to this. Overall, the first half of the brief will help you explain what globalism means for the average US middle class family, and why it’s bad news.
The second half of the brief is a bit more complicated. It follows some of the commentary written by economist Ian Fletcher on free trade’s failure. Fletcher has written extensively on this topic, both in articles and in his own book. His explanations provide an in depth understanding of the economic theory behind free trade, and why that theory doesn’t work.
Understanding this issue on a theoretical level is vital to securing a win for the affirmative side. Negative will likely present examples or illustrations of free trade’s success. With a strong understanding of economic theory, you can debunk those examples no matter how familiar (or not) you are with the particular events being discussed.
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Shaylea is an NCFCA Lincoln-Douglas debater entering her 3rd year of competition. She ranked 17th in Lincoln-Douglas at the NCFCA 2017 National Championship in St. Paul, Minnesota. She’s enthusiastic about Lincoln-Douglas debate as a tool to enhance students’ understanding of the philosophies that shape our world.