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  1. I'd like to write a kritikal affirmative for next month's LD topic (Resolved: In the United States, private ownership of handguns ought to be banned) using some psychoanalysis and/or feminist theory to talk about the phallic implications of gun ownership and arguing that guns need to be banned in order to reject patriarchal symbolism and the culture of implicit misogyny that it cultivates. I've found some good cards talking about the relation of gun ownership to male sexuality and linking gun culture to sexual violence, but I'm having trouble extending this to the "they ought to be absolutely banned" argument. As I'm not exactly immersed in K lit myself, I'm wondering if anyone has ideas for where I should look for cards on the cultural/discursive impacts of such an advocacy.
  2. I'm thinking I might argue moral conventionalism - if there are no objective standards for morality beyond those set by societal consensus, it seems possible to argue that individuals can't or shouldn't determine justice for themselves. Maybe a jury can nullify in certain cases, but without the pretext that they have a moral right or obligation to do so?
  3. I saw this, actually, but it didn't seem to make that much sense in context. Maybe I'm missing something, but I've seen it mentioned as an attack on counterplans, and if anything that paradigm seems to be beneficial for CPs. Thanks for the help, though.
  4. So it functions as a defense against resolutional counterplans, then? Something along the lines of, "drop the plan, use the counterplan, resolution is still upheld, Aff wins"?
  5. It might be interesting to look into theories of local vs. programmatic autonomy - Meyers, I think, with some other theorists making the distinction as well. Basically, it's the idea that the freedom to make specific choices is different from true autonomy in the broader sense. Arguably, medical autonomy refers to the latter due to the role it can play in an individual's life, and you can say that adolescents don't have programmatic autonomy as they lack an autonomously formulated life plan or cogent set of values. I wonder if it might be possible to run "autonomy false" or something with a determinism case - using the concept of autonomy implicitly supports the idea that we somehow stand outside the rules, and thus upholds the arrogance of humanity, maybe? Seems like a pretty tenuous link, but could be fun if you could get a judge to buy it.
  6. What's the Hypothesis Testing argument/paradigm? I've seen it referenced in a few threads, but I'm unclear on what the reasoning. A teammate suggested that it might mean that due to extenuating factors in a society it's impossible to know for sure whether the plan or counterplan would have better impact, so you perm. I'm not sure if that's the real meaning or just his speculation, though.
  7. your username makes me sad :(

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