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Case Name: Ellul Critique
Exact Plan Text: That the USFG should substantially increase its economic engagement toward Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela.
Weâ€™re going to Affirm the resolution but argue that engagement requires a transformation of a current state of affairs in relationships. Following Jaques Ellulâ€™s Christian Anarchy argument, we argue transformation means the kind of thing called for when Jesus turn water into wine at the marriage of Cana. The current state of affairs is dominated by what Ellul would call La Techinique (or just Technique). He defines Technique as
â€œthe totality of methods rationally arrived at and having absolute efficiency (for a given stage of development) in every field of human activity.â€ In short, itâ€™s â€œthe establishment.â€ (Personal comment: it goes beyond â€œthings technicalâ€ or machines. Itâ€™s really an attitude or a â€œway of being.â€) Weâ€™re going to â€œHeideggerizeâ€ it a bit as well by relying on his work in Part 1 of Being and Time by arguing at technique as way of being is a set of embodied practices (and thatâ€™s how it takes over people).
Harm Areas (with explanation):
Technique dominates every aspect of our lives
Technique Dehumanizes through
Privileging calculative thinking/experts bad
Turns world into standing reserve (including language)
Creates politicization paradox: everything has to be politicized but this creates the end of politics b/c it will be overrun by Technique/politics becomes an illusion
-No politics b/c no one responsible
-Participation becomes a myth
2013/2014 Chicago Debate League
Affirmative Case Previewing, p.2
Solvency Mechanisms: Individual responsibility/circumventing technique
Return of politics/elimination of politicization/no politics paradox
Restores humanity through authentic understanding of engagement
1AC Cite List:
Jacques Ellul Books
The Technological Society, The Political Illusion, Propaganda.
Ellul Article in JSTOR: Ideas of Technology. The Technological Order. In Technology and Culture 1962.
Martin Heidegger book: Being and Time.(1962) Macquarrie and Robinson Tr.
Heidegger book: (1975). The Basic Problems of Phenomenology. Albert Hofstadter Tr.
Heidegger book Basic Writings (2008) : (esp. chapter on Way to Language; Question Concerning Technology. )
Henry David Thoreau: Civil Disobedience.