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When in conflict, personal freedom should be valued over economic security. *HELP*

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Started: 2/25/2015 Category: Politics
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wildpeltrunner

Con

Hey. So I don't really care about winning, I'm doing this project for school tomorrow so would appreciate any points for either side. Thanks.
Andrew_Mcdoodles

Pro

Today, I will be affirming the following resolution, When in conflict, personal freedom should be valued over economic security.

First of all, I would like to set a definition.
Personal freedom is the freedom of the person in going and coming, equality before the courts, security of private property, freedom of opinion and its expression, and freedom of conscience subject to the rights of others and of the public. This definition is provided by Merriam Webster.

My first contention is the illusion of economic security and the decrease in welfare for the citizens. When you value economic security over personal freedom, it does not help the standard of living, and decreases it by forcing citizens to work. A current example is the crisis in Qatar. In order for Qatar to build the FIFA World Cup and establish economic stability, the government began disregarding personal freedom. They are using "slave migrant workers" in order to quickly construct the city. Human Rights Watch said in January 2013 that without major reforms, the tens of thousands of migrant workers building infrastructure for the 2022 FIFA World Cup would face exploitation and misery. Migrant workers often live in cramped, unsanitary conditions, and many workers complain of excessive working hours and unpaid wages. The UK newspaper The Guardian reported that between June 4 and August 8, 44 Nepalese workers died there, many from cardiac arrest and workplace accidents. A French professional soccer player, Zahir Belounis, remained trapped in Qatar for more than two years because the team that employed him would not provide an exit visa. Belounis returned home to France in November, six months after Human Rights Watch first raised his case. Many other expatriates remain trapped in Qatar as a result of the exit visa requirement, including three former employees of Al Jazeera Children"s Channel. These eliminations of personal freedom has caused an uproar globally as Qatar continues to struggle to provide economic security. However, we can all see that the "economic security" is an illusion, and infringing on personal freedom is actually not better than economic security. Instead, valuing economic security has actually increased the troubles in Qatar, causing organizations to investigate the forced labor and stop several operations. Qatar is now under question by FIFA if they are actually capable of hosting the 2022 world cup, and if FIFA decides they are not, Qatar's forced labor would be for nothing.

My second contention is the abuse of power when economic security is valued over personal freedom, especially during conflict. In WW2, Germany decided to take personal freedom away from a certain group of people in order to save their economy from collapsing. This caused Germany to take people from other countries, and obviously resulted in a horrible decision. According to the Jewish Virtual Library, the largest number of foreign laborers in the area of the Reich was registered in August 1944 at 7,615,970. Among these were about 1.9 million prisoners of war and 5.7 million civilians. Of the 7.6 million, 2.8 million were from the Soviet Union, 1.7 million from Poland, and 1.3 million from France. Altogether, during World War II, up to 13.5 million men, women, and children were brought to the Reich and forced to labor. Allowing countries to disregard personal freedom during times of conflict in order to stabilize their economy is a horrible decision, because it results in horrible consequences, with citizens from other countries being kidnapped and forced to work for another, as shown in the example above.

For all of the reasons above, please vote for the negation.

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Debate Round No. 1
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