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Summary: This case is about how countries should work out their differences through diplomacy, saving war as a last resort.
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About "Life (NEG)"
This article was written by Season 18 authors Micah Chapman and Mark Csoros.
It’s high noon in a small Texas town. Two rough-and-tough cowboys get into a scuffle at the local saloon. They decide to settle their differences in the most gentlemanly way possible: a draw. They stand facing each other, fingers ready to grab their gun and shoot down their opponent at any second. If one makes any move toward their gun, the other will see it as a threat and shoot him down.
There’s a reason we don’t use western-inspired draws to settle arguments any more: it nearly always ends in one person losing their life. Instead, we work out our differences through conversation, saving violence as a last resort. That’s what this case is about. Here are some tips when running this case:
- Win the value. Pretty much no other value can precede life, as it is necessary for anything else to be achieved. If you win the value of life, the rest will come easy. If life is the end goal, then sacrificing (often needlessly) that life, as the affirmative does, will prove this resolution false.
- Use other examples. If possible, use examples such as the current situation with North Korea/China, or the current situation with Iran. Examples are very effective, yet not necessary for this case to succeed. Any example of effective preemptive attacks on the affirmative can be negated by the idea of the case, saying that more lives could have feasibly been saved through a diplomatic solution.
- Use the “Morally Justified” definition to your advantage. Because it is such a specific definition, you can way every example/argument that the affirmative brings up against those six criteria.
Remember to focus on how every argument impacts back to the moral justification of an action, not just whether or not that action led to increased national security. Good luck!
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