Sometimes, arguments in a debate round are like fireworks on the fourth of July.
Everyone’s lighting off their little bottle rockets, roman candles, and maybe even some small mortars. None of these fireworks are really memorable, they only become memorable if they hit someone or if something important happens around one.
But sometimes there’s an argument in the debate round that is so lethal that it completely decimates all of the other ones. No one can ignore this argument. That argument is like the illegal mortar that’s 10 times bigger than all the others.
(Skip to 3:20 for the huge mortar).
You may have vague memories of all the other ones, but you’ll certainly remember how loud and beautiful this argument is.
So if you’ve made a powerful argument, how do you let the judge know that it is important enough to win you the round?
This phrase: This argument alone outweighs all the [negative/affirmative] arguments.
It’s that simple.
When you use this phrase, be sure to explain to the judge WHY this argument outweighs all their arguments (don’t make empty claims).
Let the judge know which firework is boss.
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