Matthew McFadden Paradigm

Last changed 2/5 10:41A PDT

matt mcfadden
ucla - 2020 - economics major
matt.mcfadden.99@gmail.com - email chain - please put me on it


predispositions – if you accurately describe your evidence as phenomenal, i will reward you with extra speaks in proportion to how good your cards are. if you oversell your sub-par cards, i will be thoroughly disappointed. not to say debating is in any way less significant, but if you have research of superb quality, it makes the debate much easier for you. regardless of my biases, please just go for what you are prepared to execute and have the research on.

if you are understandably in a hurry, there are really only 2 things you need to take from this –

1 – do what you're good at
2 – do LINE BY LINE
"i vote on dropped arguments that i don't believe" -ian beier

for ld – please spare me the kant.



topicality – love it. please read a good amount of cards. if you've done the research to support a well-articulated t argument, i will be overjoyed to judge the debate. although i generally default to competing interpretations, after thinking about it, reasonability is compelling if the 2ar accurately articulates why the neg interpretation is unpredictable and overly burdensome for affirmatives, which outweighs 2nr offense – this is especially persuasive if you have aff-specific cards in relation to the topic literature or legal question of the resolution. negatives that 1 – do thorough impact calculus external to ‘they explode limits – limits are good’ and 2 – give overwhelmingly extensive lists of the absurd affs their interp justifies are crucial. limits is an internal link to the topic-specific expertise the resolutional question is designed to impart.


theory – can be tedious to resolve, but i'm intrigued. 1ar's do not extend this enough. 2ar's that do the impact comparison, turns case analysis, and offense/defense framing on theory as if it were a da are very enjoyable. if theory arguments aren't well-articulated and are overly blippy, i am fine with simply dismissing them.

must disclose judge prefs theory – no, thank you. i am not sympathetic.


kritiks – the most intricate debates or the most mediocre debates – i mean this sincerely. if you are good at making a real argument, yes please. specific link work with intricate turns case analysis and examples relating to the aff win debates. reading a new phenomenal critical theory card will make my day - ie if you have done the research to support your argument, let's go. the more generic your k is, the less inclined i am to vote for you. if you are a team that goes for the k like a disad (techy, line-by-line, interacts with the case) i'll be happy to judge the debate; the inverse is true as well.


cp – wonderful.

counterplans with long texts – my favorite.


pics – they're the best. HOWEVER – they should be substantively different than the aff and have a solvency advocate.

process cp's – you're probably cheating.

states cp – teams overestimate the impact of their solvency deficits and underestimate the efficacy of theory as an answer. aff – please go for theory.

judge kick – i'm ideologically sympathetic but will not default to it.


da – yes, please.

well-researched link evidence works wonders. taking a minute of the 2nr to detail turns case analysis puts you in a great position.

if you don't have a da, you don't have a da. 1% risk calculus won't make your link for you.


impact turn – please go for these if your evidence is recent and of high quality. doing thorough comparison between the data and qualifications of your cards versus theirs is how these debates are won.
"people should impact turn.... everything" -ian beier


neg v. k affs – if you're neg and don't win these debates, you're the exception. these are the hardest 2nr's, so i'm willing to grant some leeway.

presumption – make this argument.

framework – yes. compare your impacts at the internal link level and do intricate turns case analysis. i enjoy institutional engagement arguments vs identity affs and truth testing/fairness against more abstract affs.

the k – though i think it is an admirable strategy, unless you have hyper-specific evidence about the aff or its mechanism, you are highly susceptible to the perm.


k affs – good luck.


aff v. the k – you have an aff; that's all you have to defend.

affs lose to the k when they don't answer offense that is embedded in link arguments, lose the framework debate, letting them get away with broad and absurd generalizations, and going for too much.


execution – evidence quality doesn't replace the necessity of good debating. but i really do love good evidence.

zero risk – it’s not possible strictly in the sense of ‘zero risk’, because there is inherently a possibility of all events but it is possible to diminish the risk of an advantage or da to such a degree that it is not sufficiently significant to overcome from the noise of the status quo. i think the new fettweis card is pretty devastating impact defense. lots of neg da's are utterly ridiculous.

cx – if their cards are awful, or their da is incoherent, pointing it out is fun. being strategic in the rhetorical method you use to get the other team to say what you want, then referencing their answers in speeches to warrant arguments is persuasive and gets you additional speaks if what they said is truly applicable.
"be snarky if you want" -grace kuang

judges/people i admire - dheidt, tallungan, khirn, tyler peltekci, dan bannister, grace kuang, spurlock, matt munday, tucker carlson, forslund, scott brown.

prep – being efficient will make me happier with you – ie have the 1nr emailed out before 2nc cross-ex is over.

bad args – 'racism/sexism good' args are obviously non-starters. i won't immediately dismiss 'death good' but if this is really the position you're in, you have more immediate problems than my judging preferences.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VLD R6 Quarry Lane SK Harvard-Westlake AG Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VLD R6 Harvard-Westlake LP Northwood VA Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VLD R5 Harvard-Westlake HS Harker KM Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VLD R5 Immaculate Heart MC Harvard-Westlake AD Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VLD R4 Los Altos PD Harvard-Westlake VC Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VLD R4 Dougherty Valley DS Harvard-Westlake NR Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VLD R3 Loyola BC Harvard-Westlake MP Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VLD R3 Bellarmine College Prep AR Harvard-Westlake JN Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VLD R2 Beckman SG Harker SS Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VLD R2 Episcopal School of Dallas ZH Harvard-Westlake SK Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VLD R1 Northwood SA Newark Science SBa Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VLD R1 OCSA Independent NA Canyon Crest CW Neg
Peninsula Invitational 1/12/2019 O CX Octo Polytechnic HO Stockdale HS Aff Aff on a 2-1
Peninsula Invitational 1/12/2019 O CX R6 Dougherty Valley RQ Notre Dame AB Neg
Peninsula Invitational 1/12/2019 O CX R5 Notre Dame NP Stockdale HS Neg
Peninsula Invitational 1/12/2019 O CX R4 Harker TM Notre Dame GN Neg
Peninsula Invitational 1/12/2019 O CX R2 Notre Dame SO Stockdale BI Neg
Alta Silver and Black Invitational 2018 11/29/2018 LD Octo Harvard-Westlake LP Marlborough GN Aff Aff on a 2-1
Alta Silver and Black Invitational 2018 11/29/2018 LD Octo Marlborough SD Harvard-Westlake BW Neg Neg on a 2-1
Alta Silver and Black Invitational 2018 11/29/2018 LD Double Presentation MS Quarry Lane VG Neg Aff on a 2-1
Alta Silver and Black Invitational 2018 11/29/2018 LD Double Harvard-Westlake NR Marlborough JS Aff Aff on a 3-0
Alta Silver and Black Invitational 2018 11/29/2018 LD R6 Timberline SM Kent Denver AB Neg
Alta Silver and Black Invitational 2018 11/29/2018 LD R6 Harvard-Westlake SM Marlborough GN Aff
Alta Silver and Black Invitational 2018 11/29/2018 LD R5 Harvard-Westlake BW Presentation MS Neg
Alta Silver and Black Invitational 2018 11/29/2018 LD R5 Mountain View RH BASIS Mesa AC Neg
Alta Silver and Black Invitational 2018 11/29/2018 LD R3 Quarry Lane VG Timberline MF Aff
Alta Silver and Black Invitational 2018 11/29/2018 LD R3 Kent Denver KM Interlake MW Neg
Alta Silver and Black Invitational 2018 11/29/2018 LD R1 Green Canyon JM Pinnacle KA Neg
Alta Silver and Black Invitational 2018 11/29/2018 LD R1 Marlborough AJ Mission San Jose AB Aff
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin 11/1/2018 VLD Semifi Harvard-Westlake JN Immaculate Heart MC Aff Aff on a 3-0
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin 11/1/2018 VLD Quarte Stanford OHS AT Immaculate Heart MC Neg Neg on a 3-0
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin 11/1/2018 VCX Quarte OES CT CK McClatchy FS Aff Aff on a 3-0
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin 11/1/2018 VCX Octos OES CT Polytechnic ND Neg Aff on a 2-1
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin 11/1/2018 VCX Double Classical TT St. Vincent De Paul BP Neg Neg on a 3-0
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin 11/1/2018 VCX Rd6 Peninsula PS Harker KH Neg
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin 11/1/2018 VCX Rd5 Interlake FY Liberal Arts and Science CU Neg
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin 11/1/2018 VCX Rd4 Peninsula MQ Niles West FW Neg
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin 11/1/2018 VCX Rd3 Peninsula PY Downtown Magnets AM Aff
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin 11/1/2018 VCX Rd2 Peninsula AL Jesuit CP AK Aff
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin 11/1/2018 VCX Rd1 Niles West BB CK McClatchy RP Aff
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/3/2018 VCX Double Monta Vista PS Oakland Tech PB Aff Aff on a 2-1
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/3/2018 VCX R6 Kent Denver KK Brophy CP GS Neg
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/3/2018 VCX R3 Northwood Independent HG McQueen CS Aff
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/3/2018 VCX R1 Peninsula BW Wayzata MC Neg
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 LD Quar Northwood VA Immaculate Heart DD Neg Aff on a 2-1
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 OCX Quar McQueen RR Northwood GL Neg Aff on a 2-1
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 OCX Octo Harker SB Notre Dame PD Aff Aff on a 3-0
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 OCX R6 Notre Dame UY Alliance Stern Math and Science CL Aff
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 OCX R5 Notre Dame PS McQueen RC Aff
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 OCX R4 Notre Dame KS McQueen RR Neg
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 OCX R3 Classical Independent TT Notre Dame MK Aff
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 OCX R2 Northwood GL Notre Dame SE Aff
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 OCX R1 Notre Dame PD Downtown Magnets PW Neg
The Harvard Westlake Debates 1/11/2018 VLD 1/4 Greenhill SK Chaminade CP RA Neg Neg on a 2-1
The Harvard Westlake Debates 1/11/2018 VLD 1/16 Chaminade CP RA Santa Monica RE Aff Aff on a 3-0
The Harvard Westlake Debates 1/11/2018 VLD 1/16 Brentwood JD Greenhill SK Neg Neg on a 3-0
The Harvard Westlake Debates 1/11/2018 VLD 1/32 Greenhill MR San Marino ED Neg Neg on a 2-1
The Harvard Westlake Debates 1/11/2018 VLD 1/64 La Reina AC Greenhill MR Neg Neg on a 3-0
The Harvard Westlake Debates 1/11/2018 VLD R1 Brentwood DW San Marino VL Neg
The Harvard Westlake Debates 1/11/2018 VLD R1 La Reina AC San Marino BK Aff
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin 11/2/2017 VCX Octos Peninsula AS CK McClatchy LP Neg Neg on a 3-0
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin 11/2/2017 VCX Double McQueen RR College Prep CM Aff Neg on a 2-1
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin 11/2/2017 VCX Rd6 Rowland Hall-St Mark SP S. Eugene H. S LS Neg
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin 11/2/2017 VCX Rd5 Harker LB Rowland Hall-St Mark DA Neg
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin 11/2/2017 VCX Rd4 Rowland Hall-St Mark HM Harker HK Neg
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin 11/2/2017 VCX Rd3 St. Vincent De Paul HC Salt Lake City West NL Neg
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin 11/2/2017 VCX Rd2 Liberal Arts and Science CU Peninsula JL Aff
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin 11/2/2017 VCX Rd1 Harker YS Peninsula LS Neg
Damien JV Novice Scrimmage 10/8/2016 NOV R3 Notre Dame HS SO Damien LH Neg
Damien JV Novice Scrimmage 10/8/2016 JV R1 Notre Dame HS PoMi Damien MPP Aff
The Damien Debates 11/14/2015 OPol Novice Notre Dame HP La Reina DS Neg Neg on a 2-1
The Damien Debates 11/14/2015 OPol R3 La Reina DS Loyola TC Neg
The Damien Debates 11/14/2015 NPol Semis Notre Dame HP La Reina DS Neg Neg on a 2-1