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  KNDI 2011Edelman Kritik K LabAdam Pease Edelman Kritik  Edelman Kritik ............................................................................................................................................................1 Edelman Kritik ...................................................................................................................................1 1NC Shell 1/5 ..............................................................................................................................................................3 1NC Shell 1/5 .......................................................................................................................................3 1NC Shell 2/5 ..............................................................................................................................................................4 1NC Shell 2/5 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.......................................................................................................................................7 ***ESSENTIAL BLOCKS*** ...................................................................................................................................8 ***ESSENTIAL BLOCKS*** ..........................................................................................................8 .....................................................................................................................................................................................8 ...............................................................................................................................................................8 2NC Impact Framing / Root Cause .............................................................................................................................9 2NC Impact Framing / Root Cause ..................................................................................................9 A/T: Permutation .......................................................................................................................................................12 A/T: Permutation ..............................................................................................................................12 A/T: Framework ........................................................................................................................................................15 A/T: Framework ...............................................................................................................................15 A/T: Nihilism ............................................................................................................................................................16 A/T: Nihilism .....................................................................................................................................16 A/T: Essentialism .....................................................................................................................................................17 A/T: Essentialism .............................................................................................................................17 ***ALTERNATIVE*** ...........................................................................................................................................18 ***ALTERNATIVE*** ...................................................................................................................18 Alternative = Sinthomosexuality ..............................................................................................................................19 Alternative = Sinthomosexuality .....................................................................................................19 Alternative = Unintelligibility ...................................................................................................................................20 Alternative = Unintelligibility ..........................................................................................................20 Alt Solvency ..............................................................................................................................................................22 Alt Solvency .......................................................................................................................................22 1  KNDI 2011Edelman Kritik K LabAdam Pease ***LINKS*** ...........................................................................................................................................................25 ***LINKS*** ....................................................................................................................................25 Link – Generic ..........................................................................................................................................................26 Link – Generic ...................................................................................................................................26 Link – Space Exploration ..........................................................................................................................................27 Link – Space Exploration .................................................................................................................27 Link – Temporality ...................................................................................................................................................28 Link – Temporality ...........................................................................................................................28 Link – Identity Categories .........................................................................................................................................29 Link – Identity Categories ...............................................................................................................29 Link – Queer Alliance / Incorporation ......................................................................................................................30 Link – Queer Alliance / Incorporation ...........................................................................................30 Link – Filling the lack ...............................................................................................................................................31 Link – Filling the lack ......................................................................................................................31 Aff: Permutation ........................................................................................................................................................32 Aff: Permutation ...............................................................................................................................32 ***AFF ANSWERS*** ...........................................................................................................................................35 ***AFF ANSWERS*** ....................................................................................................................35 Aff: Alt Solvency (or lack thereof) ...........................................................................................................................36 Aff: Alt Solvency (or lack thereof) ..................................................................................................36 Aff: Pedophilia Turn .................................................................................................................................................37 Aff: Pedophilia Turn ........................................................................................................................37 Aff: Natality Turn .....................................................................................................................................................39 Aff: Natality Turn .............................................................................................................................39 Aff: Cede the Political ..............................................................................................................................................40 Aff: Cede the Political .....................................................................................................................40 2  KNDI 2011Edelman Kritik K LabAdam Pease 1NC Shell 1/5 Notions of preserving some sort of future for our species valorize reproductive, heterogenitalsex, while subordinating queer sex to nothing more than “meaningless acrobatics.” Thisimpregnates heterosexuality with the future of signification, necessitating violence againstqueerness.Edelman 2004 (Lee Edelman, Prof. English at Tufts University, “No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive,”2004, pp. 11-13) Charged, after all, with the task of assuring   “that we being dead yet live ,” the Child , as if by nature (more precisely, as the promise of a natural transcendence of the limits of nature itself), excludes the very pathosfrom which the narrator of The Children of Men recoils when comes upon the –  nonreproductive “pleasuresof the mind and senses .” For the “pathetic” quality he projectively locates in nongenerative sexualenjoyment – enjoyment that he views in the absence of futurity as empty, substitutive, pathological – exposes the fetishistic figurations of the Child that the narrator pits against it as legible in terms of identicalto those for which enjoyment without “hope of posterity” so peremptorily dismissed” legible, that is, asnothing more than “pathetic and crumbling defences shored up against our ruins.” How better to characterizethe narrative project of Children of Men itself, which ends, as anyone not born yesterday surely expects formthe start, with the renewal of our barren and dying race through the miracle of birth? After all, as Walter Wangerin Jr., reviewing the book for the New York Times, approvingly noted in a sentence delicately poised between description and performance of the novel’s pro-creative ideology: “If there is a baby, there is afuture, there is redemption.” If, however, there is no baby and in consequence, no future, then the blamemust fall on the fatal lure of  sterile, narcissistic enjoyments understood as inherently destructive of meaning and therefore as responsible for the undoing of social organization, collective reality, and,inevitably, life itself.Given   that   the author of The Children of Men, like the parents of mankind’s children, succumbs socompletely to the narcissism –  all pervasive, self-congratulatory, and strategically misrecognized – thatanimates pronatalism, why should we be the least bit surprised when her narrator , facing the futurelessfuture, laments , with what we must call as straight face, that “ sex totally divorced from procreation has tobecome almost meaninglessly acrobatic ”? Which is , of course , to say no more than that sexual practicewill continue to allegorize the vicissitudes of meaning so long as the specifically heterosexual alibi of reproductive necessity obscures the drive beyond meaning driving the machinery of sexualmeaningfulness : so long, that is, as the biological fact of heterosexual procreation bestows the imprimatur of meaning-production on heterogenital relations. For the Child, whose mere possibility is enough to spiritaway the naked truth of heterosexual sex – impregnating heterosexuality , as it were, with the future of signification by conferring upon it the cultural burden of signifying futurity –  figures our identificationwith an always about-to-be-realized identity . It thus denies the constant threat to the social order of meaning inherent to the structure of Symbolic desire that commits us to pursuing fulfillment by way of ameaning unable, as meaning, either to fulfill us or, in turn, to be fulfilled because unable to close the gap inidentity, the division incised by the signifier, that “meaning,” despite itself, means Heteronormativity instills a fundamental fear of impurity in society; this amplifies systemicviolence against queerness and places our species on a trajectory towards omnicide.Sedwick    1990 (Eve Sedgwick, Professor of English CUNY, “Epistemology of the Closet,” 1990, pp. 127-130.) From at least the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorray, scenarios of same-sex desire would seem to have had a privileged , though by no means an exclusive, r  elation in Western culture to scenarios of bothgenocide and omnicide . That sodomy , the name by which homosexual acts are known even today to the lawof half of the United States and to the Supreme Court of all of them, should already be inscribed with the 3  KNDI 2011Edelman Kritik K LabAdam Peasename of a site of mass extermination is the appropriate trace of a double history . In the first place there isa history of the mortal suppression, legal or subjudicial, of gay acts and gay people, through   burning,hounding, physical and chemical castration, concentration camps, bashing- -the array of sanctionedfatalities that Louis Crompton records under the name of gay genocide, and whose supposed eugenic motive becomes only the more colorable with the emergence of a distinct, naturalized minority identity in thenineteenth century. In the second place, though, there is the inveterate topos of associating gay acts or  1NC Shell 2/5  persons with fatalities vastly broader than their own extent: if it is ambiguous whether every denizen of theobliterated Sodom was a sodomite, clearly not every Roman of the late Empire can have been so, despiteGibbon's connecting the eclipse of the whole people to the habits of a few. Following both Gibbon and theBible, moreover, with an impetus borrowed from Darwin, one of the few areas of agreement among modernMarxist, Nazi, and liberal capitalist ideologies is that there is a peculiarly close, though never preciselydefined, affinity between same-sex desire and some historical condition of moribundity, called decadence, to which not individuals or minorities but whole civilizations are subject. Bloodletting on a scale moremassive by orders of magnitude than any gay minority presence in the culture is the cure, if cure therebe, to the mortal illness of decadence.If a fantasy trajectory, utopian in its own terms, toward gay genocide has been endemic in Westernculture from its srcins, then, it may also have been true that the trajectory toward gay genocide wasnever clearly distinguishable from a broader, apocalyptic trajectory toward something approachingomnicide . The deadlock of the past century between minoritizing and universalizing understandings of homo/heterosexual definition can only have deepened this fatal bond in the heterosexist *imaginaire*. In our culture as in *Billy Bud*, the phobic narrative trajectory toward imagining a time *after thehomosexual* is finally inseparable from that toward imagining a time *after the human *; in the wake of the homosexual, the wake incessantly produced since first there *were* homosexuals, every human relationis pulled into its shining representational furrow.Fragments of visions of a time *after the homosexual* are, of course, currently in dizzying circulation in our culture [book published in 1990 -Alec]. One of the many dangerous ways that AIDS discourse seems toratify and amplify preinscribed homophobic mythologies is in its pseudo-evolutionary presentation of male homosexuality as a stage doomed to extinction (read, a phase the species is going through) on theenormous scale of whole populations.26 The lineaments of openly genocidal malice behind this fantasyappear only occasionally in the respectable media, though they can be glimpsed even there behind the poker-face mask of our national experiment in laissez-faire medicine. A better, if still deodorized, whiff of thatmalice comes from the famous pronouncement of Pat Robertson: AIDS is God's way of weeding hisgarden. The saccharine lustre this dictum gives to its vision of devastation, and the ruthless prurience withwhich it misattributes its own agency, cover a more fundamental contradiction: that, to rationalizecomplacent glee at a spectacle of what is imagined as genocide, a proto-Darwinian process of naturalselection is being invoked--in the context of a Christian fundamentalism that is not only antievolutionist butrecklessly oriented toward universal apocalypse. A similar phenomenon, also too terrible to be noted as amere irony, is how evenly our culture's phobia about HIV-positive blood is kept pace with by its rage forkeeping that dangerous blood in broad, continuous circulation. This is evidenced in projects for universaltesting, and in the needle-sharing implicit in William Buckley's now ineradicable fantasy of tattooing HIV- positive persons. But most immediately and pervasively it is evidenced in the literal bloodbaths that seemto make the point of the AIDS-related resurgence in violent bashings of gays--which, unlike the gunviolence otherwise ubiquitous in this culture, are characteristically done with two-by-fours , baseball bats,and fists, in the most literal-minded conceivable form of body-fluid contact.It might be worth making explicit that the use of evolutionary thinking in the current wave of utopian/genocidal fantasy is, whatever else it may be, crazy [sic]. Unless one believes, first of all, that same-sex object-choice across history and across cultures is *one thing* with *one cause*, and, second, that its onecause is direct transmission through a nonrecessive genetic path--which would be, to put it gently, counter-intuitive-- there is no warrant for imagining that gay populations, even of men, in post-AIDS generationswill be in the slightest degree diminished. Exactly *to the degree* that AIDS is a gay disease, it's atragedy confined to our generation; the long-term demographic depredations of the disease will fall, to 4
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