Released: Filed Under: Stoa Lincoln-Douglas
About "Innocent Until Proven Guilty"
I don’t know about you, but I can never seem to act like myself when someone is looking over my shoulder. I put on a face when I know someone’s taking my picture. I slow waaaaay down in my car when I know there’s a police officer. The knowledge that I’m being watched changes everything about the way I act. I feel less free to be myself when I’m being closely observed.
Therein lies my take on the resolution. The valuing of truth-seeking over privacy is an impedance to our autonomy (my value). The reason we as humans value our privacy so highly is that it is what makes us free. And to deny us our privacy is to treat us as though we were not free. This is why I believe we need to truly return to the mindset of Innocent Until PROVEN Guilty (my criterion). We will examine the impacts of both sides of the resolution from the perspective of our autonomy.
The support for my negative stance stems from the revelations made by whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013 regarding the National Security Agency’s dragnet spying on innocent Americans. We will examine the long-term impact of the truth-seeking of the government on our autonomy as people.
My main goal with this case is to take a step back and look at the principles that we see in action in the resolution. Everybody has a moral code and things that they value. My purpose here is to take stock of the resolution and how both sides interact with the values that we’ve held since the inception of our nation.
As always, remember to keep things simple. This case is pretty idealistic and argues more from principle than from application. If you can tie everything back to the importance of our right to autonomy, you’ll thrive with this case.
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Steven is a debater who likes philosophy, linguistics, caffeine, speaker points, the Oxford Comma, and memes. He is also a black belt in karate, and enjoys teaching and learning in general. He specializes in music, puns, and sarcasm.