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Summary: This brief explains that if justice is the best standard, then values such as peace, human rights, purpose of government and protection of citizens become secondary.
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About "Justice (OPP)"
Ahh, justice. The ultimate standard of morality, what is right and wrong. It’s a firmly embedded American value, and when run correctly, can be very persuasive. However, justice on the negative isn’t an American value, it’s a global standard. And this brief explains how you can combat that idea of justice.
- Justice is subjective
- Deciding and enforcing law and justice ultimately falls to individual nations
- Justice is best achieved through individual nations
- Justice must be determined on a case-by-case basis
- Striving for justice can result in greater harm
First of all, justice is a subjective value. Basically, you’re given a list of questions on justice that your opponent won’t be able to answer. Hence, subjective. They don’t even know how to uphold their own standard.
The responsibility for setting up rule of law in nations, and for enforcing those laws, is the responsibility if each individual nation. Ask the judge how happy they would be if America’s sovereignty was violated by the international community for the sake of some foreign idea of justice that could directly harm American rights, sovereignty, and security. Chances are they won’t like it.
Achieving justice through individual nations is simply the idea of nations upholding their own sovereignty and rule of law – which can be easily achieved under nationalism.
To argue that justice is determined on a case-by-case basis, you need to be careful that you don’t make it sound too wishy-washy. Justice can be a great standard, but it becomes to ambiguous when taken to the universal realm. The ideas of national sovereignty, coupled with the context of the situation, require it to be judged more case-by-case than by a universal standard – especially since virtually no one agrees to said standard, making it completely ineffective.
If justice is the best standard, then values such as peace, human rights, purpose of government and protection of citizens become secondary. Give a few examples of what that can look like, and you’ll have the judge cringing at the damage ‘justice’ can actually cause.
Good luck, and happy debating!
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Taylor Belyeu is a high school senior entering her seventh year of speech and debate. She has competed in both styles of debate, as well as Apologetics, Impromptu, Extemp, Persuasive and Informative speaking, and has qualified to the Regional level in all categories. She has also qualified to nationals three years in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, and two years in Apologetics.