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It depends on what you mean by "worth it". Yes, every team should be prepared to face off against a capitalism kritik (seeing as how the very resolution says "invest"), but it's about whether you know how to use the nuances of your specific argument in your favor. If you plan on being successful while running the cap K, you'll need to delve into the literature further than anyone else. This has the benefit of setting up all of your neg strategies, but it means that it won't be a walk in the park for you either.

 

Think of it like this. Everyone will be expecting the cap K, so they'll have generic answers to it. Your job would be to frame your specific version so that none of those answers matter. This may be difficult to do, but it's basically the only way to have any chance.

 

Ultimately, it's up to you whether or not you want to be successful with the K.

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thanks, i was going to probably going to anyway. do you have any good sources i should look into? also your signature helped me make an executive decision.

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thanks, i was going to probably going to anyway. do you have any good sources i should look into? also your signature helped me make an executive decision.

 

You're very welcome :). Anyways, it depends primarily upon what flavor of the cap K you want to run. Teams will most likely be prepped against the standard Marxism style, so that's probably something you want to avoid, strategically. You may want to investigate "distributism", an economic theory rooted in Catholic writings from the turn of the previous century (around 1900). It questions both capitalism and socialism in favor of having the means of production equally distributed. The advantage is that there's a fair amount of literature in favor of but very little against it. Authors are cited on Wikipedia, but G. K. Chesterton is one influential one.

 

Another flavor that I'm currently investigating is from Erich Fromm, a psychoanalyst who wrote much on the excesses and sins of capitalism in a chiefly psychological (if you call Freud's work that) way.

 

Those are just two that I'm currently researching, but there are a lot more out there that you may prefer. One last note, though, stay away from Zizek. Good luck!

 

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Think of it like this. Everyone will be expecting the cap K, so they'll have generic answers to it. Your job would be to frame your specific version so that none of those answers matter. This may be difficult to do, but it's basically the only way to have any chance.

 

Everyone is always already prepped for the cap k, yet it still wins rounds. Just because arguments against it exist doesn't mean you should avoid any particular type of argument. My advice, go with the flavor of cap k that you're most comfortable with, get good with it, and be able to answer generics well because, guess what, you'll hear them all the time. People having generics is the last thing you should worry about because you should be ready for them and you should know their generic arguments and cards so well that you can out-maneuver them. I mean, have twists ready with your argument, but you shouldn't worry about people knowing your argument. The greatest feeling is when someone says "I know you're going to read X" and then you say "So?" and then beat them because them knowing the predictable argument doesn't matter unless they have inventive answers or can simply out debate you on an argument you should be a boss at once you get to know it.

 

If you're more comfortable with your knowledge of Marxism-esque cap k's, read them. If you feel more comfortable with psychoanalytic cap k's, read those. Some of the best debaters don't necessarily do anything unique, they just get good at the common predictable things, read them, and are knowledgeable enough with them that they kick ass.

 

tl;dr, you don't have to be wormy with arguments to win with them.

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