Advanced Opposition Strategy

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Presented at an MIDP Workshop on the 16th of March and CFS IIU Malaysia. I thought it went rather well.

Text of Advanced Opposition Strategy

  • 1. Opposition StrategyBeat Govt CaseBuild Good Opp Case Opp Win

2. Opposition has theresponders advantage. 3. HOW WILLTIHS DEBATEBE JUDGED? 4. Set criteria for debate team who wins is team who can show.. this debate is about .. standard for change is .. this is NOT about .. Sometimes will need to negotiate with Govteam. Dont set unreasonable criteria. 5. Manage expectations what is our role in this debate? present a better solution to the problem show you why their solution makes things worse show you the status quo is better than their solution show you more harms than benefits from theirposition show you more positive values in our positioncompared to theirs 6. BEAT THE CASE INFRONT OFYOU 7. Their CaseApproachYour CaseConfusing Make them takeClear and simple,larger burdenswin by being moreunderstandableToo SoftBroaden/deepenClear strongproblem, show not approach. Mightaddressing problem. have to go hard, butComparable to SQ. not alwaysnecessaryToo HardCelebrate. Attack Clear middleattack attack.approach. Win bybeing sane.Just nice Dont do any of the above. 8. EVERY OPPCASE IS REACTIVE 9. Have principle opposition Oppose principle. From principle have case. Build strong but fluid arguments Build case from principle statement, Opposed to governments bailing out companies Gov should help people directly, not sustain poorcompanies (poor company, not entire industry) No bailouts, but give welfare to people, retraining,move to different industries (only if industry dying,not just company) More efficient, easier, less waste 10. Have a philosophical contention Isolation vs Engagement Top-down vs Bottom-up Carrots vs Sticks Big Govt vs Small Govt 11. Competing Philosophies, notjust Solutions Isolation vs Engagement Top-down vs Bottom-up Carrots vs Sticks Big Govt vs Small Govt .. 12. Apple vs Android ? Closed vs Open . 13. WIN CONTEXT,WIN THE DEBATE 14. Where/When/Who this debaterelevant? How to change leader of regime where Most of the people are educated and wellinformed, rich natural resources? Discontent young population, have jobs butdecreasing quality of life. Getting impatient. ? Leadership craves international recognition. Wantsto be leader for the region ? 15. Make problem fit solution fitproblem How to change leader of regime where Most of the people are educated and wellinformed, rich natural resources? Discontent young population, have jobs butdecreasing quality of life. Getting impatient. ? Leadership craves international recognition. Wantsto be leader for the region ? 16. GAMEPLAN 17. POIS Attack from DAY 1 Make govt increase burden self take positions,will they also do this and that and her? Ask for data to back up claims Dont ASK for clarification. Clarify. 18. Pressure on DPM Burden to clarify and defend case and yourarguments create a hole in the middle. Makeclear demand on DPM to react. Use stock rebuttals slippery slope, backlashto make many quick attacks. Put pressure on model or lack of it. 19. Pressure on GWhip Attack DPMs matter or defense. DLO is verystrategic, decide which line of argumentationto continue. e.g. Poor defense of stock backlash can beexpanded into larger line of attack Want to be able to accuse Whip of saving theday at the end, so give whip things to clarify,but also make clear arguments Whip mustrespond to. Highlight LO arguments dropped 20. OPP WHIP Must coordinate with reply. Else reply will berepetitive. Attack more than build. Always. Way too latefor you to build. 21. Anything else? 22. Slideshare.net/loganimal demonstration