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Summary: This brief is designed to help you take down the concept of prosperity, either as a value or as a criterion on the negative side of the resolution.
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This brief is designed to help you take down the concept of prosperity, either as a value or as a criterion on the negative side of the resolution. Competitors will most likely use a variety of definitions of prosperity but for clarification in this brief, prosperity is “a successful, flourishing, or thriving condition” applied to an individual nation or a collective group of nations. Prosperity of a nation may be talked about in multiple aspects. Some points of application may include economics, foreign aid, health, security, freedom, and living standards. The argument for prosperity revolves around the idea that when countries work together to solve problems and search for solutions, it results in prosperity for all of those countries. Your job as the affirmative is to take down that argument through the following applications.
This brief consists of multiple applications of when counties worked together through globalism and it hurt prosperity. Each of the examples has to do with a different aspect within the overall idea of prosperity. Rather than arguing against the concept of prosperity as whole, you are better off arguing that the negative side of the resolution is unable to achieve it (therefore, making your value/criterion superior). These applications include:
- Globalism hurts prosperity of small nations (Foreign Aid)
- Globalism prioritizes the prosperity of large and wealthy nations (Power within the United Nations)
- Globalism prioritizes global prosperity at the expense of an individual nations prosperity (United Nations Spending)
- Globalism leads to compromises of national interest in the name of global prosperity (Paris Protocols)
When bringing up these arguments make sure to clearly emphasize the link between the examples and how they contribute to a nations prosperity (or lack thereof). You can also use the evidence to refute applications brought up surrounding the specific issues within the applications. In order to be prosperous, a nation must value interests that are unique and will benefit its citizens interests. Specifically, if a nation is contributing to other nations prosperity at the lack of their own, they are doing something wrong. Overall, you need to convince the judge that globalism is doing more harm to the prosperity of individual nations than good; these examples should get you there.
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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.