Summary: You should never ignore a possible threat. This case ensures that you don’t.
Released: Filed Under: Stoa Lincoln-Douglas
About "Value of Tyranny (AFF)"
If you’ve ever watched the classic TV series Perry Mason, chances are, you have caught yourself saying this phrase out loud. For those of you who have yet to enjoy it, I’ll paint you a picture of the basics. Perry Mason is a seemingly unbeatable defense attorney with an incredible mind for detail and logic. What makes the show so brilliant is Perry’s astounding ability to catch the culprit whom you least suspect. Usually the antagonist is the sweet lady that you thought would never be capable of a crime or the disabled brother to the victim who greedily wanted the insurance money. Regardless of who it happens to be, you never see it coming. What might at first seem like an innocent person ends up as someone guilty of intolerable evil. The same goes for this year’s LD topic.
You should never ignore a possible threat. This case ensures that you don’t.
If you are a newer LDer, you can break open a hypothetical bottle of sparkling cider and celebrate, because you are about to learn some new value theory. In this affirmative case, I run something called an “anti-value.” For those of you familiar with values, you can guess what this term means. A value is something you want to achieve or treasure. An anti-value is something you want to stay away from, or exterminate. It’s as if you were saying, “Vote for me, and you can get rid of this bad thing!” Today, I give you the anti-value of tyranny. I defend it with two anti-value links that fit with the resolution.
As far as the applications go, I give you two interesting examples: The Battle of Trenton and the Normandy Invasions. Both can jump-start your own research of the resolution, but you can certainly use them as a solid starting point. When you run The Battle of Trenton, remind the judge of the impact. Our nation was losing the Revolutionary War, and if we did not use this preemption, we very well could have stayed subject to Great Britain. Another cool thing about this application is that there were very few lives lost. It was still warfare, but it was more peaceful. The Normandy Invasion is a whole different story, but it still has significant impact. Taking back the beaches turned the tables on Germany’s power, and helped the U.S. and its allies defeat the Germans. Do not forget to remind the judge of that impact.
Before you begin, remember this: make your case a priority. Your case should be the most prominent issue in the round. All your arguments should in some way, reference your case. You can take time to make your case perfect. Spend time on it, and make it yours.
Side note on anti-values. Never run an anti-value unless there isn’t a positive way to communicate your ideas. If you are running an anti-value of death, try using a value of life. If you are running the anti-value of evil, try running the value of good. If there isn’t a positive way to run your thesis, an anti value is justified. For example, some anti-values would be, tyranny, corruption, genocide, slavery, etc. Tyranny doesn’t have a direct opposite. You can’t really run a value of Good Leaders – that sounds tacky and childish.
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