Released: Filed Under: Stoa Policy
About "Foreign Aid - Bad"
This is a generic brief that argues generally against foreign aid. It can be used against AFF cases where you don’t have specific evidence against their plan, and the plan somehow increases foreign aid. For example, it talks about how the money supposedly given toward aiding other countries often ends up wasted, it increases bureaucracies, which makes it hard for wealth-generating activities to flourish. Aid also floods the market (i.e. sending shirts or food to Africa), which then pushes the local businesses into bankruptcy. Not only that, but aid increases the recipient country’s dependence on aid, forcing them to have no choice but to continue receiving aid. It also creates disincentives for recipient governments to ever fix their economic or political structures, which is when real economic growth would happen. But why bother, if they are getting free money from the West?
This brief also goes through and refutes several arguments in support of foreign aid. For example, it refutes the common assumption that aid alleviates poverty, listing examples of times that countries move out of poverty without the help of foreign aid (like China), and examples of countries that receive aid that have only gotten worse (Liberia, and other parts of Africa). It also refutes the argument that aid brings peace to the recipient nations, listing examples such as Haiti and Somalia—both of whom received billions of dollars in aid and both ended up in chaos and under U.S. military occupation.
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Rebecca Sumner has debated Policy for three years and has qualified for NITOC two years in a row. Both times, the qualification came within three tournaments. This past year she and her partner placed second, third, and first at the three regular-season tournaments they went to.