Ten Oppositional Preparation Suggestions
- There is no such thing as "not being able to prep" as an opposition.
- First, examine the nature of the resolution.
- If the topic is straight-up (this House would reform the welfare state), build a case
around the opposite
- If the topic is metaphorical (this House would reinvent the wheel), develop general
arguments against it.
- Think: why reinvent something that already works?
- There are better ways of doing it.
. . . but it might be too costly.
- There are cheaper ways of doing it.
. . . but the quality might suffer.
- There are faster ways of doing it.
. . . but the long-term consequences may be problematic.
- Remember: the wheel remains general in opposition prep.
- You are trying to create general arguments to modify when you actually hear the government
- Organize your general arguments into clear divisions:
- Social, Political, Religious, Historical, etc.
Follow them up with clear examples.
- Have these arguments drafted on an extra piece of flow paper.
- As you hear the government case, adopt the arguments that work and disregard the ones
- Never forget: your primary responsibility is to refute the government.
- Do not become shackled to arguments created during prep time.
- If they apply to government arguments, apply them directly to case.
- If they don't apply to case but do support your side, save them and - if you have
time, offer them as off-case oppositional arguments.
- If their definitions, values and criterion are plausible, do not try to assert new
- It wastes time best spent attacking case.
- It makes you look foolish
- It may be perceived as a way to avoid on-case argument.
- If government arguments seem too far out, perhaps they are.
- Use "points of information" to feel the other side out.
- If arguments / definitions / values / criterion are unfair / unethical, then provide
counters to them.
- Remember: you have status quo on your side, use it to your advantage.