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June 27, 2013 / compassioninpolitics

What is uniqueness? What is a plan inclusive counterplan?

The status quo hasn’t triggered the disad (link or impact) or is moving away from the disad (link or impact). Its mostly “the disad isn’t happening in the status quo.” Most of the time disad shells contain what is known as link uniqueness (say 60 to 65% if the time–versus impact uniqueness). Sometimes it contains both, but most negs save that for the block to save time. Or see if they can get away without reading any. There are occassions where 1 card does both. For instance an economy disad with a spending link–the economy is fine now or the economy is growing now OR the Congress is holding the line on spending. [You will sometimes find times when uniqueness & the link are all in one card–but this is rare–probably less than 10% or even 5%.] Some would say that uniqueness is like inherency for your disad. Conceptually they do sorta the same thing.

Note: sometimes the difference between the link and uniqueness is very nuanced. For instance “balanced spending” or “reserved spending” versus “new emergency spending” Does that distinction make a difference? Would it be perceived differently? Well, thats a debate.

This can interact primarily with:
• affirmative advantages
• impact turns
So for instance, if the aff wins that the economy is decreasing now–its theoretically more viable for them to solve for it (assuming they are making that argument in their aff) than it is for them to cause a further decline. There are lots of assumptions here–but thats how debate judges these types of impacts. You can point out the flaws in this type of logic or suggest a different framework makes more sense in an individual situation. Some people also make the argument that the uniqueness debate is a wash….so it doesn’t “control the direction of the link”

This concept of using uniqueness to think about links or impacts is kind of important…I hope someone else takes it on.

PIC = Plan inclusive counterplan
Thats a counterplan that does most of the affirmative, but does 1 part differently or excludes one part. They use that part that they exclude or change as the link to their disads. (they will also use these same arguments to answer the permutation).


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