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Proposition: David Montag (Binghamton University) vs. Opposition: Sakasai Sora (Shorin Global)

Judge: Susan Worst (Wood River High School)

Resolution: This house believes that the borders of nation-states should not prevent the movement of refugees.

  • David Montag
    David Montag
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    Sakasai Sora
    Sakasai Sora
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    Posted at April 24, 2017 03:33:26PM EST by David Montag

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    Posted at April 25, 2017 07:53:57AM EST by Joe Leeson-Schatz

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    Posted at April 26, 2017 06:46:08PM EST by David Montag

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    Posted at April 27, 2017 01:33:16PM EST by Sakasai Sora

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    Posted at April 28, 2017 02:08:02PM EST by David Montag

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    Submitted at April 30, 2017 01:44:02PM EST by Susan Worst

    Category David Montag Sakasai Sora
    Use of evidence: 3 3
    Delivery skill: 4 3.7
    Coherence of arguments: 3.8 3.9
    Responsiveness to opponent: 3.5 3.9
    Identification of key points: 3.6 4.3
    Comments: You have some good arguments here.

    You should use other examples besides just the US, particularly because the US isn't likely to be the country overrun with refugees if borders cease to restrict the movement of refugees, since refugees aren't located so that they can walk across the border into the US. Europe and other countries in the Middle East seem much more germane to this resolution.

    Your argument that a refusal to help refugees and accept them into our country plays into ISIS's narrative about the west being anti-Islam is a powerful one. It would be even stronger if you provide evidence of the impact of a stronger ISIS as a result of this

    You fundamentally needed to answer why individual refugees are the best actors to decide where they go as they flee their home countries. Your opponent says that potential host governments are best able to answer that question. There's definitely an argument to be made that the person whose life is in danger has the most at stake and should therefore be able to do whatever is necessary to save their own life, and then let the governments figure logistics out once the emergency is past.
    You observe--correctly--that your opponent is using only US examples in making his case. You don't really give me an impact for that, though, or say why that matters in the debate. You need to tell why that makes a difference in the debate.

    You also don't really answer the propaganda war argument. If your opponent had provided stronger impacts for this, I probably would have voted PROP despite the framework.

    The decision is for the Opposition: Sakasai Sora

    Reason for Decision:

    This is a difficult round to judge. I would have liked for both debaters to engage more with their opponent's arguments. On one side I have the propaganda war that the West is losing, leading to increased recruitment success on the part of ISIS, and on the other I have the argument that governments must have some control over the process so that they can insure that there are enough resources to actually help refugees.

    Neither of these is really answered satisfactorily by the other side.

    I end up voting OPP on framework. PROP never addresses the argument that he has to prove that the refugees themselves are best equipped to make the decision as to where they should go. You can either prove that they are the best actor, or argue that this is not a good standard. Since you did neither, I vote OPP.

    Close round and good effort on both sides.


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