Released: Filed Under: Stoa Lincoln-Douglas
About "Human Rights"
The key to winning as negative this year is to focus on truth-seeking as limitless and pervasive. Affirmatives will try to paint themselves as the good guys, simply trying to hunt down the criminals and do the right thing. You need to paint a picture of terrifying government surveillance, one where government intrusion permeates every aspect of your life. All in the name of “truth.”
The value is important. It’s made to attack utilitarian values like public safety, societal welfare, quality of life, and such. If your opponent runs a value like human dignity or justice, then you can feel free to accept it. All that matters is that the judge isn’t evaluating this based on a theory of effectiveness.
Under the first contention, your opponent is likely to miss the point entirely and argue that truth-seeking has protections in place that prevent limitless surveillance.
Exactly. And where do we put those guardrails? We place them where they allow us to protect privacy. The truth is, if our government valued truth-seeking over individual privacy in the majority of cases, they’d allow the NSA and police officers to monitor everyone, all the time. But they don’t. Because there would be riots in the streets in the name of privacy.
The second contention shows us how our government protects privacy. Attorney-client privilege is an essential hallmark of the legal system. Without it, no one would ever trust their attorney, because there wouldn’t be a legal right preventing someone from coercing the truth out of that attorney.
A key to beating affirmative applications is finding the limits. For example, if they use search warrants, where do we limit truth-seeking in that instance? With individual privacy. A true embrace of the resolution would allow officers of the law to enter into your house without a warrant and discover the truth.
For nearly every example of truth-seeking, its limits are placed to protect your privacy.
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Drew competed in Stoa, NCFCA, and NSDA for four years total at over 40 tournaments with consistent success, winning tournament champion at the 2018 NITOC and placing #1 overall nationally on speechranks. Now, he coaches students and clubs across the nation online and in-person. Drew is committed to the activity of speech and debate and believes in the transformative power of forensics competition.