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June 27, 2013 / compassioninpolitics

What is the Pink Tide Disadvantage

The following is my response to a novice asking what the Pink Tide disad is on a forum Cross-x thread.

Echoing off what Jashanpal points out above:
Its either leftism in Latin American politics is good or leftism bad.

Here is wikipedias definition of Pink Tide.

Figure that out and you should be golden.

1) My guess is the leftism is growing
2) Aff causes a shift to the right due to economic concerns
3) Leftism key to overtaking dictators
or
4) Leftism key to economic democracy

Now might be the key time because of upcoming elections in Latin America or because of changes in globalization (aka speed & internet, etc…).

There was an Economic Democracy disad run in the practice debate at Emory.

It wasn’t as much political as cultural.

I would also point out you probably have other disads which make the same impact claims, but just in a slightly different way….so that might be another place you could find cards/impacts/etc…

Although I’m not sure the ways in which you can use the specificity of Pink Tide to get out of some of the left good/bad debate.

Can you provide more context? Also, I would suggest asking a lab leader or re-reading the disad shell.

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  1. compassioninpolitics / Jun 27 2013 5:59 pm

    Three key strategic points:
    1. Although I’m not sure the ways in which you can use the specificity of Pink Tide to get out of some of the left good/bad debate. I’m thinking it could actually play a key role if you are able to make those arguments. I would roll with political science cards to potentially answer this back (more research based)–especially if they call into question the assumptions of the impacts the other side might be claiming–after making specific impact turns. But given the lack of access to the evidence–these are difficult calls to make.
    2. After looking at the Wikipedia entry in more detail….it may be about ongoing consolidation across a number of latin American countries, so there is a wider regional impact claim to be made….as well as a number of claims that seem to make this good disad. This integration based argument could also be developed into the nuance integration versus non-integration (good/bad)…..instead of Pink Tide good/bad…..or leftist politics/policies/rulers good/bad.
    Although if I was running the disad I would consider the viability of all of the above.
    3. Finally think about the way this interacts with typical affirmative impact claims. What would happen to the affs impacts or scenarios in a world in which the disad impacts happen???? You may be able to leverage these in order to more effectively make the argument that the disad turns the case.

    Can you provide more context? Also, I would suggest asking a lab leader or re-reading the disad shell.

    My guess is this argument would jive well with a “have them reform themselves” counterplan. The solvency viability of this may be challenged by at least two factors. US key to technology or the relations good arguments or something else.

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