[eDebate] Reparations = Bad Neg ground?

nicholas brady nicholas.brady89
Thu Apr 17 01:36:14 CDT 2008

Like i said.... i have very little knowledge on this in depth. Something
tells me since reparations have not happened there are probably reasons that
it hasn't happened. These reasons are not even conservative-centric (as if
being too conservative should be a problem in switch-side debating), you
could always outleft them with good ole fashioned things like statism (i
think that would especially work for "give the land back" affs), marxism,
etc, etc, etc. Like i said, i'll leave the specifics to Andy. I say keep an
open mind until the topic paper comes out.

On Thu, Apr 17, 2008 at 2:28 AM, Jonathan Karlin <jonathanrkarlin at gmail.com>

> There is a difference between arguing national service bad and arguing
> reparations bad. Same goes for defending the WOT. (There are
> legitimate scholars and political theorists who defend the war on
> terror, and argue torture is good)  I think there is a legitimate AFF
> bias with a reparations topic, especially in light of a left leaning
> community.
> On Thu, Apr 17, 2008 at 2:14 AM, nicholas brady
> <nicholas.brady89 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > The complaint stated before i think is the complaint that can be said of
> > topic. For instance in high school for the last two years we debated
> civil
> > liberties good and national service good.... even though there is
> horrible
> > generic ground for why national service is bad, mostly you go against
> > affirmatives like "lets help the poor" and for the civil liberties topic
> we
> > went against affirmatives like "we should stop torture". So is the neg
> > ground "povery good" or "torture good"? Well for some douchebags yes,
> but
> > for the vast amount of the community the answer is no. I am no expert on
> > this topic so i will allow more qualified people like Andy and others to
> > answer this question more specifically, but I think its wrong to reject
> this
> > topic simply because the ground ur defining for the negative has to be
> > "racism good". I don't know what affirmatives u listen to, but mostly
> > affirmatives try to solve for some harm that is wrong... something like
> > "death bad", "war bad", "nuclear war bad", "extinction bad", "racism
> bad",
> > "sexism bad", etc, etc, etc. This is not unique to a reparations topic,
> so
> > lets not dillute this topic down to "racism bad" v. "racism good". To
> me,
> > your argument seems very much like a cop out and a refusal to think
> deeply
> > about the topic.
> >
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Nicholas Brady
BSU Community Service Chair
Founder of the Alpha Wolf Party
"Why I die for all my beliefs?
I gotta look at my kids, I'd rather smile than cry when they sleep.
Thats why."
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