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December 7, 2012 / compassioninpolitics

Another summary of my approach to negative strategy

Analytic arguments:
1. I think people underestimate the power of the true analytic argument. The affirmative almost inevitably drops these or mishandles these.

2. Also, they are super-quick, hard to predict (or harder than evidence to predict), and usually they don’t have a frontline ready to answer them.

3. This is particularly true on ethics & K debates. Because those debates don’t have to do with factual increases or decreases in a certain trend.
Plus, given that the causal claims made in Ks are somewhat suspect (ie the categorical root cause claims)–I think you might get leeway. And at the very least having something to mitigate their alternative is pretty important.

4. Plus ethics debates have terrible warrants to begin with–so your argument versus their assertion should almost always be better. Plus you can draw on historical or core arguments in the literature and sometimes save yourself time.

In terms of negative–heres a pretty systemic approach:

I’ll try to summarize it–but read it none-the-less:
1. Categorize topic by type (what part of the topic its from, how it operates or solves)
2. Create strategies by aff type (and potentially impact somewhat)
3. Generic solvency dump (DoT can’t solve–ideally sector specific–but not necessarily). I haven’t judged any HS debates on this topic.
I don’t know how this topic is shaping up. The nice thing about the generic-ish one….is you can throw in mini-da and mini-ks on the case. And sometimes these can function as case turns.

The four or five most useful arguments in the Negative arsenal:
1. Counterplan + DA (this ideally has DA turns the case + decent case mitigation–particularly where the counterplan is weakest in solving)
2. Kritic + alternative (actually plus framework + perm theory objections with voter)
3. Generic negative takeouts & turns. (these generally function linearly–and the aff often doesn’t have much to say except “not specific” and sometimes “non-unique”). The problem, however is most solvency cards are long….but short on warrants. Particularly defenses of the agency & defenses of the mechanism (which is often the same thing).
4. DA turns the case. Never don’t make this argument in the block. You should always have one of these–assuming you intend to go for the
5. I think about every case argument in terms of can this be spun as offense or nearly offense…… well as a) case impact b] external impact. In fact, I think about every impact on every debate as how does this relate to our impact? how does this relate to their impact? To take it a step further, you should probably be asking also–as you get further in the process of creating a case hit (or when you are prepping before the round).

DA alone or even DA in case is a hard sell. Why? Because the aff always has built inevitability claims–that are generally pretty specific. Most of the time in light of the neg evidence they are predictive and sometimes or rather most of the time systemic.

Also never forget the Ban the status quo counterplan to generate uniqueness for your positions (ie “stop transportation spending” or “ban the DoT”). The nice thing about both is its consistent with your K position in general (ie anti-government in nature–at a minimum its a regulation on government expansion)

I’ve left out counterplan + critique in the list of 5 as a strategy. If you want to roll that way….more power to you. It only seems to really make sense in front of policy judges. Plus, it has a limited # of round uses overall. Its still pretty useful–assuming it jives with your overall strategy.

Going for more than counterplan + 2 DAs + case in the 2NR… kind of a pain. That assumes they had decent answers (aka offense). An extra position is fine…which means 3 to 4 sheets of paper basically… case debate (which is usually a minimum of 2 sheets).


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