Summary: This case argues that governments are moral entities that can make decisions with definitive moral consequences.
Released: Filed Under: Stoa Lincoln-Douglas
About "Oxygen Mask Self-defense"
Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at this case. First, we’re arguing that governments are moral entities. They can make decisions with definitive moral consequences. A government leaving us to die is an atrocity, and they are morally obligated to keep us safe. Bear in mind how aggressive this position is: it’s not simply saying that self-defense is acceptable, but that it is mandatory. Stick to your guns and don’t compromise this position.
When your opponent tries to counter with a broad value like human rights, identify if they believe governments should ever prioritize their citizens. If your opponent just advocates that governments protect all rights generically, then point out how problematic this is: it would be like paying a bodyguard to protect you and then watching him ditch you for someone else. In CX, ask if your opponent believes a nation’s own citizens deserve priority. If he says yes, then you can accept the value and point out that it is essentially the same as yours. Values like national security, domestic safety, etc., are no different from yours. You don’t need to win a wording quibble to get a logical advantage. Instead, point out how preemptive warfare prioritizes citizens through self-defense. The contention will win you the round.
A good number of your opponents will accept your value and simply say that preemptive warfare inhibits self-defense. It’s a coherent argument and one you must challenge.
But this is where subpoint magic kicks in. You illustrate three ways that preemptive warfare protects a nation. It’s the most balanced response to an imminent threat, inaction is downright irresponsible, and it’s the only option that sends a signal to other bullies on the playground. These are unique ways that preemptive warfare is self-defense, and since self-defense is morally justified, you prove the resolution true.
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