Summary: This case is simple and logically clean. We should distribute resources so as to alleviate suffering most, and we should believe the resolution is true only if it actually helps us do this.
Released: Filed Under: NSDA Lincoln-Douglas
This case is simple and logically clean. We should distribute resources so as to alleviate suffering most, and we should believe the resolution is true only if it actually helps us do this. The resolutional analysis and value framework allow savvy negatives to dodge affirmatives’ ethical framework arguments by end-running them. The affirmative probably devised a complex theory for why a moral obligation exists. Your response should be parsimonious: no matter how great the affirmative’s theory sounds, it fails to generate the greatest benefit for those actually impoverished, who don’t care at all about your philosophy textbooks.
Lean into this case with persuasive rhetoric about suffering and poverty, and expand on the rational argument with applications about suffering unique to wealthy nations.
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