Anarchism Kritik Shell

BHS Debate 2002-2003

Anarchism Kritik Shell
The affirmative is passing a plan. This plan must go through Congress, as Congress is the law-making body of our nation. By passing this plan through Congress, they perpetuate our government. This violates anarchy.

A. Liberty Factor –
Liberty is intrinsically linked to anarchy – Lester 2000 Anarchy means ‘no rule’ in the sense of no imposed control by the state. In a sense, there are ‘anarchic holes’ wherever the state does not interfere with voluntary activity, but only full anarchy is anarchy – though minarchy, or minimal statism (which is the opposite of anarchy) might come quite close. In a society where people interact without imposing costs on each other (that is, where liberty exists), no one can be ruled. Anarchy is thus linked to interpersonal liberty. To the extent that we have liberty, we approach anarchy; to the extent that we lack liberty, we approach totalitarianism. Philosopher Hanna Arendt shows that totalitarianism destroys human dignity in her text THE ORIGINS OF TOTALITARIANISM…her statement is as follows… It is necessary for totalitarianism to destroy every trace of what we commonly call human dignity. For respect of human dignity implies the recognition of my fellow men or our fellow nations as subjects. What totalitarian ideologies therefore aim at is not the transformation of the outside world or the revolutionizing transmutation of society, but the transformation of human nature itself. As has been shown, anarchy provides for greater liberty. This prevents such nightmarish situations as an Orwellian Nightmare and Solzenitzsyn’s depiction of the Stalinist Gulag.

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Anarchism Kritik Shell

BHS Debate 2002-2003

B. Economics Factor –
Nobel Laureate Economist Milton Friedman conclusively expresses the negative position in FREE TO CHOOSE, as follows… The System blames all problems on external influences beyond its control and takes credit for any and all favorable occurrences. It thereby continues to promote the myth that the private economy is unstable, while its behavior continues to document the reality that government is today the major source of economic instability. In his landmark philosophical work, ANARCHISM, George Woodcock answers the question of whether or not anarchism can provide a better economy than statism. His statement is as follows… The injustices and economic crises of capitalism proceed, not from overproduction, but from underconsumption, and from the diversion of labor into unproductive tasks. If all the energy misdirected into bureaucratic and military activities were diverted to socially useful tasks, then there would be no problem in providing plenty for all.

C. Mass Murder Factor –
Objectivist philosopher Ayn Rand distinctly drives home the negative’s argument by showing that all statist systems are qualitatively the same – they all lead to mass murder. Here is Rand – “A statist system is based on the government’s unlimited power, which means on the rule of brute force. The differences among statist systems are only a matter of time and degree; the principle is the same. Under statism, the government is not a policeman, but a legalized criminal that holds the power to use physical force in any manner and for any purpose it pleases against legally disarmed, defenseless victims. Nothing can ever justify so monstrously evil a theory. Nothing can justify the horror, the brutality, the plunder, the destruction, the starvation, the slave-labor camps, the torture chambers, the wholesale slaughter of statist dictatorships.” This may sound extreme, and you may be saying to yourself “this kid’s insane! We’ll never get that bad! Let me explain…without reform now, 300 years or so down the road, our government will be a dictatorship, as the president and the federal government gain more and more power. The only way to stop these things is to stop our current state of government NOW! And thus, we offer the following…
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Anarchism Kritik Shell

BHS Debate 2002-2003

D. Resolutional Alternative –
It is the conviction of the negative team that instead of perpetuating our statist government, we should reform and proceed with an anarchist society. This has been shown to be a more acceptable society, as it provides for greater liberty and a more stable economy, while eliminating the possibility of a mass murder of the populace that has been shown to be a direct result of a statist government.

E. Voting Issue –
By passing the affirmative plan, our statist system of government is continued. This is arbitrary for two reasons, as shown above. The first is Liberty. If you value liberty and dignity, you must reject the affirmative plan. Even if the liberty statement falls, you must reject the affirmative plan because anarchy provides for a greater economy than a statist system. This is especially pivotal as we are in a recession. Our despicable statist government caused our recession. A negative ballot is necessitated for these reasons.

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