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File Name: Distributism

File Submitter: Phantom707

File Submitted: 03 May 2013

File Category: Critiques

Resolution: Transportation


***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


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