Posted 13 April 2017 - 09:52 AM
So "perm- do the alternative then the Affirmative" is severance. There's an assumption made that the plan will happen in a guaranteed and immediate fashion due to the nature of fiat. The Negative could argue that this is not necessarily true in order to try to justify the permutation.
I think it's unfair to do that because the Affirmative can always just say "embrace their ideology, but then vote Aff" as a way to get around criticism.
The "vis versa" would be "perm - do the Affirmative then the alternative" - this isn't severance, but it is intrinsic. By separating the two, the Affirmative adds an element of delay which didn't exist before, which is unfair because it always pushes off criticism to the future and isn't as predictable.
This cross-ex is taking too long.
Kafka 25 (Franz, Novelist, Translated by David Wyllie, "The Trial", 1925) //Snowball
K. was informed by telephone that there would be a small hearing concerning his case the following Sunday. He was made aware that these cross examinations would follow one another regularly, perhaps not every week but quite frequently. On the one hand it was in everyone’s interest to bring proceedings quickly to their conclusion, but on the other hand every aspect of the examinations had to be carried out thoroughly without lasting too long because of the associated stress. For these reasons, it had been decided to hold a series of brief examinations following on one after another. Sunday had been chosen as the day for the hearings so that K. would not be disturbed in his professional work. It was assumed that he would be in agreement with this, but if he wished for another date then, as far as possible, he would be accommodated. Cross-examinations could even be held in the night, for instance, but K. would probably not be fresh enough at that time. Anyway, as long as K. made no objection, the hearing would be left on Sundays. It was a matter of course that he would have to appear without fail, there was probably no need to point this out to him. He would be given the number of the building where he was to present himself, which was in a street in a suburb well away from the city centre which K. had never been to before.