Theory File _ Alternative Agent Fiat Bad

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Theory File – Alternative Agent Fiat Bad A. Interpretation The aff/neg may not fiat the actions of an actor not specified in the resolution. B. Violation The aff/neg fiats the actions of ___________, which is not the actor specified in the resolution. C. Standards 1. Ground skew If the negative can fiat the actions of whatever actor it wants, then there becomes no way for the affirmative to generate offense because the negative can fiat a solution to any disadvantage the affirmative argues. Strait and Wallace write, “Imagine you are running an affirmative which gives condoms and educational assistance in order to solve an HIV/AIDs advantage. What substantive answer would you have to a counterplan that had all people infected with HIV become celibate? Or suppose your plan was designed to solve a genocide. The counterplan to have the culpable government cease killing people probably solves your affirmaive better than you could ever hope to with the plan. These counterplans are intuitively unfair, making it impossible for the affirmative to generate offense.” Without an ability to get key impacts in the round, the round is inherently skewed unfairly in the favor of the negative debater.
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