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Topicality - HSS 2014

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Topicality – Hoya Spartan Scholars – 2014
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The Topic Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its non- military exploration and/or development of the Earth’s oceans . [ ]
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Thoughts 1. The central Topicality debates about the topic will likely revolve around the meaning of “exploration”, “development”, and “non-military”. There are arguments relating to other words, for sure, but they are mostly clear-cut and should become settled early in the year. 2. This is a broad topic and the Affirmative will likely be allowed substantial latitude in their approach to ocean activity. Many of the best definitions of “exploration” simply say that it is “not development” (which is also topical) and there are few strong exclusive definitions of “development” in the context of oceans. 3. Given the breadth of the mechanism, I encourage Neg-minded teams to attempt to narrow the topic via some inclusive -style requirement. Instead of arguing that “sending deep sea probes to the Marianas Trench is not ‘exploration’”, which may be a hard sell, the Neg could argue that topical plans must explicitly mandate data collection, for example, and prepare arguments against that mechanism. “T-Data Collection” may not be the strongest argument, in the end, but this change in thinking from T as an explicit/direct limiter to a requirement that establishes predictable ground (and thus functionally limits what Affs are consistently winnable) is something Neg teams should consider on this topic. 4. The strongest T argument related to “non-military” is the strict interpretation that topical Affs must utilize only civilian assets and that using military equipment/ships in a non-combat role is still “military”. This is useful against a variety of cases, including Icebreakers and Search and Rescue (both of which will be popular). The evidence in this file is a good start for the argument, but should be substantially improved through further research throughout the summer. 5. “Subsets” is included as a violation. When equally debated, it is not a strong argument. However, it is a useful argument to practice when learning the technical aspects of debating T, so I included it in this file. Enjoy! Casey Harrigan Director of Debate Michigan State University [email protected]
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*** NON-MILITARY
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Non-Military – Assets – 1NC Military activity is determine by structures ---they’re military [exploration/development] in a non-combat role Brown 12 – Sylvia Brown, DPhil from the University of London, “Youths in Non-Military Roles in an Armed Opposition Group on the Burmese-Thai Border”, Thesis submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, a) Definition of key terms The term ‘youth’ is understood in this study to be a socially constructed emic term which, like all social constructions, is not static, but continually re-defined by society based on the social context of the time.
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  • Winter '16
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  • Armed forces, Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean

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