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Intermediate Text — Using Disadvantages to Win the Debate

Debating Disadvantages on the Negative

This section follows the affirmative answers section because until you understand how to answer a disadvantage on the affirmative, you will not be able to effectively debate it on the negative.

Have an overview.  You should prepare a written out overview that explains the basic thesis of your disadvantage, with a particular focus on the links and impacts.  You-should make arguments related to the following in your overview:

Time-frame. You should come up with reasons that the disadvantage will happen before the affirmative case advantages.

Probability. You should some up with reasons why the disadvantage is more likely to happen than the affirmative advantage. You should focus on the relative strengths of your links and internal links relative to the affirmative’s advantage internal links and solvency when making probability arguments.

Impact. You should argue that the disadvantage impact is greater than the affirmative’s advantage impact. It is also useful to read some evidence that says that your disadvantage impact causes their case impact.  For example, if the affirmative case you are debating has a racism advantage, you could argue that an economic decline (if you are arguing the spending disadvantage) causes racism.  For this reason, it is good to have a variety of different impacts to your disadvantage.

Have a large list of links.  It is always good to read a large list of lin

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