Masked Midnight wrote:
"Without a resolution, affirmative can make arbitrary arguments but the only arguments useful to negative are those that contradict affirmative's arguments. To limit negative, but not affirmative, is imbalanced. If you vote negative on topicality, then the only arguments useful to affirmative are those that negative has a reason beforehand to prepare to contradict. To limit affirmative and negative by the same resolution is balanced. Balance is better than imbalance because debate is, by purpose, an opportunity to compete via educated counterarguments on both sides."
Here's a solid RTP T that Jordan posted earlier.
That's an impact to topicality in general, not a reason to prefer a specific interpretation over other interpretations. Which are you looking for, Jonathan?
Most RTPs are really just variations of "Interpretation X allows XYZ ridiculous thing, so prefer Interpretation Y, which doesn't." For example, Russia year, I wrote a t-press that used the brightline of "Russia Must Exist": "if Russia were to vanish from the face of the globe, and you could still implement the plan, then it's not policy towards Russia." The main RTP was that, in the absence of this interpretation, all sorts of crazy things were acceptable. You could nuke China with the intent of influencing Russia's foreign policy, and that was arguably topical. Since that's absurd, the argument went, we should prefer the Russia-must-exist interpretation/brightline.
A converse example might be the guys Environment year arguing that only reforms to NEPA (the National Environmental Policy Act) were topical; we attacked this on similar grounds (it created absurdities), only the absurdity it created was that obviously-environmental things like pollution regulations weren't
You can also have other self-contained RTPs, like "grammatical accuracy". The grammar of the resolution has been discussed in other threads
, if you're interested in that. COG has in-depth grammar defenses of both interpretations you listed.
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