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***The problem with too many cap K debaters is that they're lazy. The same goes for affs that answer them. "I see that your card talks about free market growth? Isn't that different from capitalism?" No one ever asks those kinds of questions, and both sides get away with it. Likewise, just because a card says "capital" doesn't mean that it's talking about "capitalism".


This file includes three separate sections that are all fully blocked out to the teeth straight through until the 2NR. There's a states counterplan, a corporatism/corporate domination kritik, and a capitalism kritik. Included within the file are some of my favorite uniqueness cards about how corporations are actually decreasing in the status quo, so it's easy to run this as a disadvantage.


This also includes some of the only affirmative answers in existence to this argument, so in the random event that someone else has bought this, you'll be able to put up a fighting chance.


As with all of my files, I'll able to offer strategic advice to those who buy this file. Honestly, though, this file is so prepped out that I'd say even a person who had never explored it before could do a decent job of defending it.




What can I say? This is a standard states counterplan. The thesis is that distributism contains the value of subsidiarity, the idea that higher levels of organization exist to aid the lower levels. It is unjust for the higher levels to usurp the power of the lower levels because this divorces policies from the people that they affect. Imagine the difference between the impersonal bureaucrat in the federal government and the local city counselor.


It is important to note that subsidiarity is different from federalism. Subsidiarity is about always having the most local level possible act, while federalism is the balance between the federal and state governments (technically, this also means that subsidiarity actually calls for city and even families to act first).





This is my favorite section of the file. Only one team that I’ve ever faced had “proper†answers to this (that was only because I had previously beaten them on this, and even then their answers weren’t very good), and the impacts are extremely diverse. Note that the 1NC does not currently have any impact. If looking for one that fits with the liberty turning case arguments, one of the Adams 10 cards has warrants for multiple extinction scenarios while also claiming corporate slavery as an impact. The aff will most likely drop that warrant in the 2AC, and if that happens, you’re set.


I would dare say that this is better used as a disadvantage than a K, if only for the theoretical justifications. It saves a lot of time to not have to answer perms, framework, and other theory arguments. Corporate domination is going down? Douglas 12 and a litany of other uniqueness cards make that argument (the UN declared 2012 the year of the cooperative, so that’s a thing now). If this is made into a disadvantage, then the only issue will be link uniqueness, but that may not be an issue depending on the topic and the particular link used. As an aside, this could easily be turned into a counterplan, considering the actor, but I like to leave open the option of a floating PIK.


What’s that? Corporations cause nuclear proliferation? Why yes, Masters 9 does say that (favorite card if only for its unexpectedness). EVERYONE will try to argue that this is a cap K, but press them on it. Why are corporations uniquely key to capitalism? Weren’t they a creation of the US government in the mid-1900s? Capitalism has existed since the industrial revolution in the 1800s, long before corporations came into being. Sure, Amy 7 argues that capitalism today is corporate, but they don’t have that card. Even if they do, leverage the aforementioned arguments against them.


In explaining the impacts and how co-ops avoid them, explain that co-ops aren’t as greedy as corporations. Corporations exist to make profit for shareholders, and more often than not, those shareholders are far away from the actual workings of the corporation (refer to the subsidiarity point in the states notes above). Contrast that with a co-op, where the workers are part owners of the business. They won’t exploit themselves because the reason that they got into the business in the first place was for their own benefit. As such, co-ops are much more likely to be sustainable and not as prone to corporate, short-term greed.





After the 2AC, ask the aff to define capitalism. They’ll either stutter for some time (don’t let them take too long), or they’ll give an answer like “an economic system where an individual has the right to private property/capitalâ€. What’s the problem with this definition? So. Many. Things. Begin with “individualâ€. Was Nazi Germany a capitalist system? The Jews, gypsies, and other undesirables weren’t allowed to own private property, but they weren’t considered citizens, so the government was upholding capitalism. What about a situation from the state of nature, where it just so happens that a single person is able to accumulate 90% of all capital? As a result, everyone else has to rely on this one person for 90% of their livelihood, and that includes future generations who do not currently have a say in the situation. If this is the system that capitalism is, capitalism is jacked up.


Distributism captures the goods of capitalism (working for a profit) without its vices (focus on profit). It’s supposed to strike that strange balance between the two extremes of forced, state labor and extreme individualism.




Distributism 7

Notes 8

File 9

Distributism 10

States 12

Corporatism 13

Capitalism 14

Counterplan 15

Shells 16

Generic 17

Domestic 18

Lawsuit 19

Treaties 20

Solvency 21

International Perception 22

Treaties 24

Lawsuit 25

Nullification 27

Overviews 28

2NC/1NR – Generic 29

2NC/1NR – Domestic 30

2NC/1NR – Lawsuit 31

2NR – General 32

2NR – Domestic 33

A2: Perms 34

Do Both 35

Do the Counterplan 36

Extensions 38

A2: Theory 41

50 State Fiat Good 42

A2: Specific 44

Federalism 45

Rollback 47

Links to Politics 48

State Politics DA 49

Links to Kritik 50

Kritik 51

Shells 52

Generic Link 53

Corporatism 54

Corporatism (One Card) 55

Capitalism 56

Solvency 57

Taxes 58

Rejection 60

Economy 63

Spillover 65

Block Overviews 66

Generic Link 67

Corporatism 68

Capitalism 69

Turns/Outweighs Case 71

2NR Overviews 72

Generic Link 73

Corporatism 74

Capitalism 75

Turns/Outweighs Case 76

Perms 77

Floating PIK 78

2NR Corporatism 79

2NR Capitalism 80

A2: Perms 81

Do Both – Corporatism 82

Do Both – Capitalism 83

Do the Alternative 85

Double Bind 86

Timeframe 87

All Other Instances 88

Non-mutually Exclusive Parts of the Alt 89

Krishna 90

Juxtaposition Perm 91

A2: Cede the Political 92

Corporatism 93

Capitalism 94

A2: Framework 95

Corporatism 96

Capitalism 98

Offensive 101

Extensions 104

2NR Offensive 109

If the Aff Doesn’t Read 110

Satellites 112

Both 113

Security 114

Process 115

Subsidiarity 116

Capitalism 117

Psychoanalysis 118

Disadvantage 122

Uniqueness 123

Cooperatives 124

Capitalism 127

Corporations 129

Politics 130

Capitalism 131

Corporatism 132

Impacts 133

Capitalism 134

Corporations 142

Cooperatives 160

Distributism 163

Subsidiarity 169

Links 172

Generic 173

Securitization 174

Crisis Politics 176

International Peace Missions 178

Agents 181

Federal Government 182

State Action 183

Supreme Court 186

Obama 187

War Powers 189

Restrictions 190

Advantages 192

Economy 193

Hegemony 199

Competitiveness 201

Environment 202

Drugs 203

Social Issues 204

Latin America 208

Cuba 209

Venezuela 211

Treaties 213

Generic 214

Arms Trade 215

International Criminal Court 218

Other 219

Financial Incentives 220

Reduce Restrictions 222

Patents 224

Hip Hop 226

Education 228

Internal 231

D – Cooperative 232

Co – Distributed Generation 234

Co – Demand 235

C - Monopoly 236

D – Individuals 237

Corp – Law of the Sea 238

Answers To 239

Capitalism 240

Good 241

Inevitable 244

Transition Wars 246

Space 248

Environment 250

Libertarianism 253

Theory 255

Floating PIKs Bad 256

Vague Alternatives Bad – Corporatism 257

Utopian Fiat 258

Distributism 262

Socialism Bad 263

Thomas E. Woods, Jr. 266

Distributism Bad 268

Agrarianism 270

Catholic 271

Distributism is Capitalism 272

Anarchy 273

David Deavel 274

Cooperatives 277

Cooperatives Bad 278

Cooperatives are Corporations 282

Democracy Bad 283

Corporations 284

Good/Limited 285

Neoliberalism 286

Other 287

Corporatism Alt Links to Kritik 288

Statistics 289

Speciesism 291

Occupy 292

***Affirmative*** 293

Cooperatives 294

Failure 295

Capitalism 296

Distributism 297

Property Rights 298

Agrarianism 300

Utopian 303

Vague Alts 305

Catholic 306

Link 309

Socialism 311

Anarchy 312

Wage Slavery 314

Fascism 315

Other 317

Solvency 318

Capitalism 319

Good 320

Profit Motive 321

Other 324

Corporations 326

Good 327

Neoliberalism 329

Subsidiarity 330

Link 331

Federalism 332

Other 333

Politics 334

Lawsuit 335

Supreme Court 336

Perms 338

What's New in Version 2.0   See changelog


  • 1.0 - Original file
  • 2.0 - Lots of updates. Over 100 pages have been added. There's a new satellite K section and a handful of topic specific (Latin America) corporation links. Most updates have been about aff answers and neg answers to those aff answers.

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How does the link work on the corporatism k?

There are a number of different links, but the general idea is that the aff's plan supports corporations. For instance, if one of the aff's advantages is hegemony, there are cards about how heg is a means to make new markets for corporations, either through the opening up of subjugated nations or through the military-corporate industrial complex.


If you're talking about the generic link, Carney 10, it's supposed to be framed as how corporations always benefit from a big government. The aff's plan uses the federal government, so the plan is empowering the government to do something. As a result of that, business leaders are confident that the government is strong and, therefore, stable, allowing corporations to plan accordingly. A second warrant is that corporate leaders always try to influence politicians for special privileges, and those politicians will respond by including things like rider bills onto the plan in order to support corporations.

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