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September 1, 2012 / compassioninpolitics

How to be project teams in policy debate

Using the techniques described above…..you should also try to explain why your argument (be it topicality, framework, etc…) is better for their movement or their ultimate impact.

Often this amounts to:
1. agreements on language key to group discussion & movement change (aka topicality)
2. standards beat subjectivity for minorities
3. optional: empirical examples how minorities have used the system against itself by “using the standard” (ie having rules doesn’t hurt minorities, and actually helps them)

On a side note:
1. Empirical examples of minorities being successful in debate. History is on your side.
2. Naval gazing bad. You can run Herman Hesses’ the Glass bead game which is an indict of the academy for navel gazing. (this is a novel which should be available at many libraries). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Glass_Bead_Game
3. Minorities can be successful at difficult activities with adequate coaching or help….Olympics is an empirical examples
4. These arguments are covertly racist. They perpetuate myths of biological stereotypes–that minorities can’t do debate.
5. Another argument is called “stealing the stage”–you could implicate that in coersion–which isn’t good for people of any race. (This argument is grounded in the implied social contract of the tournament brochure and the HS debate topic process). Be warry–they probably have cards which say the social contract is racist or they may indict the topic process. Not sure how democracy could be racist in an of itself.
6. Talk about your privledge or the ways in which priviledge have effected you negatively. This is often part of their argument.
7. You could also make the argument that stories perpetuate racism & stereotypes. Not sure what this will get you. There is evidence on Lexis/Nexis in the law review section that makes this argument. (obviously there is tension between #6 and #7).

I think I would equate this aff with the worst kinds of affirmative action. One which provides–ongoing stiffling of achievement and auto-success to others.

I haven’t read it, but there is a short story about this argument called Harris Bergeron, which can be effectively deployed. You might have to say things like freedom & capitalism good to justify it or to impact it more. But I think you could simply use the idea of attempting to achieve excellence. [url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrison_Bergeron”%5Dhttp://en.wikipedia….rrison_Bergeron[/url]

Think of alternatives to solving the problem–there are tons.

You could also defend conservatism/elitism/power versus their idealism.

Warning: some of the strategies advocated above are contradictory with each other. Follow your own best judgement there.

** Both of the story recommendations are metaphors or allegories of the problem you are talking about

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