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Summary: Most people want to believe in their country. Patriotism is powerful, and this brief shows how globalism is patriotic.
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About "Globalism Is Patriotic"
A wise debate coach once told me that the essence of persuasion is “showing the judge that they already believe in what you’re saying.” Most people want to believe in their country; patriotism is powerful. So, when you can show your judge that their country already agrees with your side, that’s pretty persuasive.
It’s easy to assume that this is where nationalism has the advantage. In fact, some use nationalism and patriotism as synonyms. To the untrained ear, valuing the globe can sound like devaluing your nation.
However, that fear is far from the truth. To show your judges how globalism and patriotism go hand in hand, you need look no further than to the development of US foreign policy over the 20th century. As this brief will explain, in the aftermath of WWI, the US came to the realization that furthering our interests would require collaboration with other nations. In fact, we discovered, such collaboration was far more effective than independent action; many national interests are internationally compatible.
The US adopted a globalist outlook in the post-war period, and from then on we lead the world through mass creation of international alliances. We followed and defended these alliances throughout the cold war and to the end of the 20th century. Cooperating on common goals is the American way. Our national identity is a globalist one.
The best way to understand a narrative is to learn it narratively. As such, I’ve organized this brief chronologically. First, you’ll learn how we dabbled in globalism through Red Cross initiatives to alleviate suffering caused by WWI and the Armenian genocide. After WWII, Roosevelt’s rhetoric and our actions made globalism our express political philosophy. As we moved into the Cold, we held to that viewpoint, forging alliances and negotiating agreements even with our enemies. The cause of peace and protection of human rights was a global goal, requiring a global game plan. When terrorist groups brought attacks to our people, the international community that we founded came to our defense. To this day, we have everything to gain from acting globally, and nothing to lose.
Before you dive into this brief, I’d like to offer a note of caution for the debater. You’ll need to make sure you’re extremely familiar with the history behind these examples. Many of your judges are old enough to have lived through them, or at least through their consequences. They will know if you get the story wrong. In round, make sure your presentation communicates that you’re not trying to teach them something new. Instead, show that drawing on knowledge and experiences they already have. With this, as well as always, you need to talk TO the judge, not AT them.
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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.