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Summary: When a war has already, in essence, begun, action must be taken to minimize the devastation of the conflict. That’s what this case is built on.
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About "Life as a Moral Imperative (AFF)"
In Patrick Henry’s famous “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech, he said these words:
“Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace — but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle?”
When a war has already, in essence, begun, action must be taken to minimize the devastation of the conflict. That’s what this case is built on. When the government has strong, undeniable evidence of an impending attack, they have no other morally upstanding choice but to attack first. Whenever the government has the chance to minimize casualties, they have a moral obligation to do so.
Here are a few simple tips when running this case:
- Win the definition. This case is largely contingent upon it. Without it, preemptive warfare can be seen as risky and irresponsible. Make sure you remind the judge that an attack only applies to this resolution if it is initiated on the basis of incontrovertible evidence of an enemy attack.
- Win the value. Pretty much every value is only important because it protects life or increases the quality of it. If you can establish that life is the end goal, then of course the government should do whatever it can to protect that life.
- Remember, there can be no reward without risk. Neg may try to make this case sound risky, saying that there’s no way you can know if preemption will work. However, focus on the morality of the issue. Say that even if it fails, the government has the moral imperative to try anyways, because life is the end goal.
This case is simple, easy to run, and impacts back to the judges easily. Use these few tips and it should be a good debate. Good luck!
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Micah Chapman is a homeschooler from Keller, TX, who is going into his 7th year of competition. He has participated in all 3 forms of debate, and many various speech events. He has had 1st and 2nd place finishes at various tournaments, and placed 3rd in Parli at NITOC 2016. This last NITOC he received 1st place in Cold Reading.