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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2016 3:03 am 
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For my affirmative case, I'm rewriting a sourcebook case, and the only support for the final contention is the analogy that we value the jewels inside the safe, not the safe that protects them. I despise using analogies in debate, especially in my case where I have unlimited time to consider what to include. The analogy makes the right point, but I'd like to find a different way to express it. Does anyone know a better option?

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I always used a bulletproof vest vs. police officer analogy. The bulletproof vest is important, but only because we value how it protects the life of the police officer inside of it. It's the same thought, just expressed differently.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2016 10:49 pm 
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Effervescent wrote:
I always used a bulletproof vest vs. police officer analogy. The bulletproof vest is important, but only because we value how it protects the life of the police officer inside of it. It's the same thought, just expressed differently.

Thanks, but I meant something that's not an analogy. Perhaps a historical example, quote, or evidence.

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Personally, I love using analogies in LD and think they're an excellent way to make a point. But they should definitely be supplemented with something more solid. I've used the safe-and-jewels analogy many times myself, as well as other variants like the officer-and-bullet-proof-vest. What real-world or historical example you use really depends on what specific point you're trying to make with the analogy. If you're talking about national security vs. rights (as I assume you are under this rez), then I'd recommend this quote from Eisenhower:
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The problem in defense is knowing how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without. Dwight D. Eisenhower
This quote well-expresses the idea that the protected is more important than the protector.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2016 2:43 am 
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LD Chick wrote:
Thanks, but I meant something that's not an analogy. Perhaps a historical example, quote, or evidence.


What is the analogy representing?

Our former LD coach is very good. She coached several students to Nationals. She always hated analogies, too. She wasn't opposed to them being used entirely, but she said that an analogy should only be used to make a complex idea more palatable. Maybe, in your case, this is the appropriate time to use an analogy.

If you're looking to support your point, not explain it, then I would definitely suggest actual evidence. But I need to know the point you're making before I could give you any specific suggestions. :)

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2016 3:54 am 
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The way the analogy is used is to say individual privacy is more important than national security because privacy and all other rights are the end goal of national security.
BenVincent wrote:
Personally, I love using analogies in LD and think they're an excellent way to make a point. But they should definitely be supplemented with something more solid. I've used the safe-and-jewels analogy many times myself, as well as other variants like the officer-and-bullet-proof-vest. What real-world or historical example you use really depends on what specific point you're trying to make with the analogy. If you're talking about national security vs. rights (as I assume you are under this rez), then I'd recommend this quote from Eisenhower:
Quote:
The problem in defense is knowing how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without. Dwight D. Eisenhower
This quote well-expresses the idea that the protected is more important than the protector.

Ah, thank you!! That quote and some rhetoric will help flesh out the point a lot more.

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