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Intermediate Text — Kicking Disadvantages

“Kicking” a Disadvantage

Sometimes during a debate you will want to “kick” – not go for – one of your disadvantages.  To do this, you need to effectively “kick” it.

It is very important that your properly kick a disadvantage.  If you do not, the affirmative team may easily extend a turn.

For example, imagine that you present that initial spending disadvantage that I have been discussing and that the affirmative responds with the following five arguments:

1. No link – we don’t spend money

2. Turn – we save money

3. Non-unique – the government will spend more money in the future

4. No internal link —  economic recession doesn’t cause depression

5. No impact – Economic depression doesn’t cause war

You can easily kick this disadvantage by conceding either number 4 or 5 (or both).  It wouldn’t matter if the affirmative saved money if a recession doesn’t cause a depression or if a depression doesn’t cause a war.

If you do not kick the disadvantage in the 2NC or the 1NR, and you do not go for it, the 1AR can simply extend numbers 1-3 to then straight-turn the disadvantage.  In the 1AR they do not have to extend all of their original 2AC arguments and in the 2NR it is too late to go back and do that for them.  Similarly, if you do not kick the disadvantage in the 2NR, the 2AR could make the same choice to only extend numbers 1-3.

It is also important to note that the affirmative is not limited to strai

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