[eDebate] Problem solved: Lets just vote for IPR
Mon Apr 10 22:10:58 CDT 2006
Forget the Roe controversy. I think the IPR topic is the best bet for a few
-There is a clear direction established in the topic paper (reduction of IP
protection), which is a clear deviation from status quo policy. There are
good arguments on both sides, supported by a wealth of literature.
-The courts topic could include any number of unknown court cases - it is
very unclear what this topic will end up looking like. By contrast, IPR can
be limited to a few specific areas: genetics/biotech, pharmaceuticals,
software, music, patent laws, etc. Even if these areas are broad, the
generic negative arguments would be applicable to most of these cases (biz
con - companies want their patents protected, IP is key to innovations by
preserving profit motives, kritiks of IPR, etc.) The problem with extremely
broad areas like "Overturn a court decision" is that we may end up with a
topic that is an amalgamation of what people assume are good affirmatives
but that have little in common with each other. See the Europe topic for a
-People are unlikely to feel ideologically offended by defending IPR (unlike
pressuring China, or Roe, or whatever). There is good critical ground on
both sides of this resolution, if that's your thing. It's even supported by
the topic literature, which is a lot cooler than having to constantly run
topicality on critical affs that run away from the topic. It's a topic even
Jackie Massey could love.
-Seriously, courts disads? Lame. But even if you love the courts, that can
be incorporated into the IPR topic.
Everyone should read Clint's topic paper, it does an excellent job of
outlining some of the harms areas for this topic, and (even better), it
outlines several solvency mechanisms that are supported by literature.
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