[eDebate] Re-OPEn THE bebATe abOUT swITch SiDe Debate
Thu Apr 13 16:23:56 CDT 2006
THE CAPITAL LETTERS DO SEEM TO SHOUT! WHAT IS SWITCH-SIDE DEBATE AND WHEN DID THE DEBATE OVER IT STOP?
Wow, capital letters cause flem as well.
Wanted to chime in on one argument--the USFG (Agent-Lock) argument.
Arguing for a non-USFG agent (even possible on a Courts topic, see the 91-92 resolution) is not an argument for affirmative flexibility. It is an argument that the norm for affirmative action is presumed to be the same body year after year, a body that we really aren't part of, and a body that incribes a legislative end-point for change.
Certainly we have seen that the aff does not have to defend a traditional notion of the USFG to be successful. In fact, to shout, AFFIRMATIVE FLEX IS INEVITABLE, no matter what the topic. Creative debaters will go affirmative--this ensures flexibility.
So, in a world of inevitable flexibility, the "agent-lock" problem (always using the USFG) is more of a pedagogy argument. What do we all learn and teach as the "middle of the road," "the safe bet," "the topical approach," "straight-up debate," every year? The answer to that question is the reason to give a non-USFG agent a shot.
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