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November 28, 2016 / compassioninpolitics

How do you answer extinction good?

How do you answer extinction good in policy debate?


This is a three part series.  I recommend reading, bookmarking, reflecting on this with your self and teammates.  I would write a frontline in case you hit this argument.  I’ve given you lots of good arguments on how to answer this argument, but its up to you to figure out whats best and what will work best in the context of your debate rounds.

The Meat and Potatoes:

Often the key argument is something about overpopulation and/or the environment.


If its overpopulation, you probably have stuff about that.


Also, you can make long term versus short term distinctions.  Their cards are probably predicting decades and decades down the line.


They are functionally advocating suicide.  You could make the argument that thats bad. (I would be wary on this one)


Also, its coercive, which is ethically problematic for other reasons.  The other people would likely vote to continue their lives, because they’ve done so every day of their lives for the past 0 to 100 years.  History is on our side.


You probably want to talk about how:

1) Economic growth is key to saving the environment.

2) Technology is key to saving the environment.

3) Malthusian arguments are always wrong.  Find methodological critiques of Malthusian/overpopulation logic.


Your argument is that economic growth and technology ultimately decrease scarcity rather than increase it.


You can also make the argument that the environment is resilient.  That is, it will bounce back.


There’s a dude, called Simon who has critiqued the Malthusians again and again.  Also, libertarian authors often critique malthusians.


So, if you have tech good and econ growth good (or answers to de-dev, capitalism, malthus, overpopulation, rights malthus, or ted trainer, you should have answers to this argument).


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  1. compassioninpolitics / Dec 30 2016 8:43 pm

    I would suggest:

    This is part of a series–this includes 4 articles–at the bottom of the list:

    I highly recommend people learning this debate and actually cutting cards. Its a great way to grow your skills in that department.

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