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It may not be perfect, but we have showed that it is effective nonetheless. ) Therefore, the simple answer for the negative team is to propose an alternative. In this case, for example, the negative team could argue in favour of economic sanctions, diplomatic pressure, the continued prosecution of war criminals in supra-national tribunals, or some other alternative, or some specified combination of these alternatives. This strategy allows the negative team to criticise military intervention, but to be proactive about the possible alternatives.
Triggers can help us to identify that burden of proof, both in terms of what we need to prove, and to what degree we need to prove it. TRIGGERS FOR WHAT YOUR TEAM NEEDS TO PROVE ‘Should’ Most of us have some idea of what it means if we ‘should’ do something. However, let’s examine this is in more detail. Suppose that somebody said, “We should shoot the unemployed because taxpayers could stop paying their welfare benefits”. ) are appalled at that argument; even though it might be practical, it is wrong because it is not moral.
Which definition is closer to the ‘real’ issue (otherwise known as the ‘plain meaning’) of the topic? Where there is an exclusive right of definition, the affirmative team has the right to define the topic. ‘Exclusive’ does not mean ‘absolute’; the right is qualified by very similar questions to those above: 1. Is the affirmative’s definition reasonable? 2. Is the affirmative’s definition reasonably close to the plain meaning of the words of the topic? As long as the adjudicator is satisfied that the answer to each question is ‘yes’, the affirmative team’s definition is the definition for the debate; it may not be legitimately challenged by the negative team.
Debating by Simon Quinn