for those of u who think the hege debate (either hege good or hege bad) is just about getting a bunch of cards and walking into a round u couldnt be more wrong
the hege debate is probably the most simple most structured debates that has developed over the last couple of years...if u do just run the arg with a pile of cards ull get smacked on teh impact turn debate
the first thing that you need is to know the evidence and very well while having alot of good evidence is needed a person who gets up and reads kagan '7 card and just has all the arguments from that card could win a hege good
the other big part of the hege debate is structure...
a big hege team wants to always be the most structured team on hege
the core issues are usually (in order from most important to least)
1) uniquenss 2) alternative 3) the impacts
most people focus to much on the impacts even though they are the least important...
1) uniquenss--this is basically hege decline inevitable/not inev, or hege sustainable/unsustainable...if u win the uniqueness debate the other teams impacts become inevitable meaning you only look to yours
2) alternative--a hege good debater needs to know (or create in round) what the alternative is to us unipolarity/hegemony...whether its chinese hegemony, multipolarity (i.e. offshore balancing, big three, ect), isolationism, selective engagement, apolarity. this is because alot of good hege bad debaters will try to spike out of ur hege good arguments by having a wierd alt 2 hege that solves ur arguments. ur impacts have to directly answer there alternative to hege
a hege good debater needs to win that there alternative to hege isnt necessarily good just taht its inevitable and better than us hege
3) impacts--self explanitory...the most powerful type of impacts are the short term ones (i.e. transition wars) rather than the long term impacts (i.e. great power wars, econ, thayer, khalilzad) because if u loose uniqueness but win ur short term impacts outwiegh there long term impacts than you can still win teh debate