Released: Filed Under: NCFCA Lincoln-Douglas
About "National Sovereignty"
The issue of ethics and war is a complex issue. Many different ethicists have different definitions of ethics, and among each of those definitions there are even more interpretations. Because ethicists rarely agree on what is ethical, this case all but takes the debate round out of a discussion of ethics.
You can think about it like steps; basically, this case takes an ethical dilemma (the choice between action and inaction) and says that the lesser of two evils is the ethical decision. If you are in a situation where you have only two choices, the least unethical decision is the ethical decision. It’s like steps. On a staircase, you have your first step, and THEN your second step, and in order to reach the second step you have to pass the first.
What this case does is take the debate round and says, in cases of war, your national sovereignty (your nations right to control its own government) is at risk. Because of this, preventive war is BETTER than allowing your nation to lose its sovereignty, because a sovereign nation is an absolute necessary prerequisite to any form of government action. Basically, this case says that if your government is not sovereign, it cannot make any ethical, or unethical decision. Because of that, the defense of national sovereignty is ethical. From there, this case takes the act of preventive war and says ‘ideally, preventive war defends national sovereignty, and is therefore ethical.’
A good place to address this case is that it does not define ethics. It stipulates that the defense of national sovereignty, because it is necessary, is ethical. All the negative has to do is address this assumption, and stipulate an ACTUAL definition. Beyond that, the case is based on the assumption that preventive war is used to defend national sovereignty, if the neg can disprove either of these assumptions, the case has very little ground in the debate.
Overall, this resolution is a complex issue, so what this case attempts to do is simplify it through two assumptions and builds the case from there. While it does simplify the resolution, if those assumptions are disproved, the case has almost no basis in the round. The affirmative who runs this case has to be prepared to back up the assertions, and also be prepared to defend them, rather than having a debate on the actual argumentation of either side. This case puts the affirmative on the defensive from the beginning, so the affirmative has to be prepared to defend every and all of the assertions that they make.
- Download the document with the button above. Study this release and get to know it well. File and print as necessary to prepare for your upcoming competition.
- This download is exclusively for Monument Members. Any use outside this membership is a violation of U.S. Copyright Law and violators will be prosecuted.
- As always, double check all claims, warrants, hyperlinks and the current news in case any changes have occurred that will affect your competition.
- Do you have questions about this download? Tap in your comment at the bottom of the page. The author, the site owner, or another member will most likely reply.
Permission & Usage
Click Here for complete information on permissions. All Membership content and Library Archives are proprietary intellectual content, so please respect our copyrights. Simply put, if you are not a Monument Member or a Library Access Owner you may not use it or share its content. If one partner of a debate team is a member and the other is not, the one who is a Monument Member must be the controller of the logins, downloads and incorporation of the Monument Membership material. Sharing logins is strictly prohibited, the only exception being from immediate family members within a single household.
Aaron Clendenen is a NCFCA LD student with two years of experience. He has accomplished much in his short time in NCFCA, including (but not limited to), placing 7th at regionals (Region II) and receiving third place LD speaker at the Medford tournament.