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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

Intermediate Text — Straight-Turning Disadvantages

Straight-turning Disadvantages There are two different ways to turn a disadvantage. A disadvantage can either be link-turned or impact-turned. You CANNOT do both. If you do both, you are double-turning yourself. Straight link turning If you want to link turn a disadvantage, you need to win three arguments:  a link take out, a link turn, and a link non-uniqueness argument.  In the spending example, you need to win that you

Debating Disadvantages

Introduction A disadvantage is a negative argument that proves that the affirmative plan is undesirable.  It is really one of the simplest ideas in debate – it is an argument about a negative consequence that will result from adopting the affirmative plan. For example, the affirmative plan may save lives.  The disadvantage proves that the affirmative plan may hurt the economy, triggering poverty and death. Debate is not the first