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November 2, 2012 / compassioninpolitics

Answering performative contradictions or double binds on the negative

If you’re negative–its a little easier to get away with such things–theoretically.
1) No abuse, we will only go for one in the 2NR. And, we will always be anti-the resolution–thats what we will advocate in the 2NR.
2) Deny the double-bind (insert logic–figure out a distinction between the two arguments and whats being advocated).
3) Our alternative solves–the ideological conflict (this especially works if you are planning on going for the K–if you are planning on going for the DA–it may be more difficult to swing)
4) If-then logic (this could turn into an advocacy of dispositionality or conditionality–including dynamic advocacies are better than static ones for better debate, strategy, and education)
5) It hurts us more. Its a time tradeoff reading impacts both ways. If there is a contradiction….its their obligation to strategically concede part. (or otherwise explain there is no impact to the contradiction). They have the right to cross apply–that checks back any abuse.

You might search your jump drive & hard drive for performative contradiction (aka perf con) answers. This frontline should be in every K file and every theory file. It isn’t, but should be, for handy use.

You probably also want to engage specific answers–if they have multiple reasons why perf cons are bad, unfair, or destroy advocacy or debate.

Personally, I think this type of strategy tends to erode advocacy, which is rather odd, because the whole point of a K is holding the other team responsible for their advocacy.

Explaining the if-then logic in a coherent way is kinda key.

Some people also read paradoxes/contradictions good….but I would advise against this, because it can get you in a bad position on the permutation debate (ie spinning the perm as a contradiction of two ideologies)


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