Summary: This case does not have contentions. For some case types, contentions aren’t necessary. All the information that is normally in contentions is contained within the value and criterion links.
Released: Filed Under: NSDA Lincoln-Douglas
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This article was written by Season 12 author Caleb DeLon.
This case does not have contentions. For some case types, contentions aren’t necessary. All the information that is normally in contentions is contained within the value and criterion links.
This case presents a meta-framework, and always keep this in mind. When the Negative brings up examples, you don’t have to refute them. If you can, that’s great—but if the Negative analysis is accurate, simply cross-apply your meta-framework against the example. That’s all the refutation you need!
The criterion serves to narrow the round, in a sense. An Affirmative running this case does not have to prove that wealthy nations are obligated to provide development assistance. On the contrary, those areas should be avoided. In fact, the Affirmative does not even have to support assistance to preserve life! The Affirmative can simply say,
“Wealthy nations may have other moral obligations, including development assistance. However, in this round I have already proved the resolution true by demonstrating that wealthy nations have the moral obligation to preserve life through the provision of basic needs.”
The resolution is proved true if the Affirmative can establish just one obligation.
*Note: This case was published in 2009 when NCFCA debaters were tasked with a similar resolution, “Resolved: Governments have a moral obligation to assist other nations in need.” Wording was adjusted to reflect the current NSDA resolution.
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