Marshall Thompson Paradigm

Last changed 8/15 6:11P CDT

Paradigm Updated 8/2/2018

Email: marshall@victorybriefs.com

Background

I graduated from Walt Whitman high-school in 2011. I have been coaching debate fairly regularly since then and currently direct curriculum at VBI. My debaters have consistently gotten to late elims at major national tournaments including TOC.

In my non-debate life I am pursuing a PhD in Philosophy at Florida State University. My primary area of focus is in ethics and the nature of persons. I work in the analytic philosophical tradition with a focus on the work of Elizabeth Anscombe.

Conflicts

I am conflicted from Harrison HS, Hunter College and Cambridge Rindge Latin.

5-Min Before Round Paradigm (how i'm different from the average judge)

1. I am more interventionist than most circuit judges. I am willing to do work to not vote on extremely silly arguments. Arguments I have admitted to doing work to avoid voting on include:

- Drop the debater because they read dates after their card names, rather than numbering the cards with the same author name.

- Prefer aff offense on any given layer, extended as saying aff always win weighing.

- 'I meet' I did not read that argument, I extemped it.

- They forgot to say 'I meet' on theory, even though they did indeed extend a plan text.

That said, I am probably more willing than most judges to deviate from mere community convention when it comes to argumentation. For example, I am quite receptive to arguments that the affirmative should get intrinsicness perms and that philosophical frameworks frame theory offense.

2. I am worse at flowing than perhaps any other circuit judge. I'm extremely dyslexic/dysgraphic and my flows tend to be extremely poor even when typing them. However, I can follow the vast majority of rounds, even fairly technical rounds, pretty well in my head. So, you can still be technical however it will be important to spend more time in the 2ar and 2nr doing big picture analysis and comparison than it is for most circuit judges (and for most judges it is more important than students seem to realize).

3. You should win the round because you can beat your opponent's arguments, not because your opponent cannot make arguments. This means if you read super complex Ks against a novice your speaks will suffer a lot. In general, if you structure the debate in a way that you should have known your opponent could not engage you speaks will be capped at 26.

4. I hold positions to a higher standard of clarity and explanation than most judges. I not only need to understand your position when you first read it (and I have no problem admitting when I do not), but the explanation has to be good enough that I think it is reasonable for a reasonably well-informed high-school student to understand the argument. Thus, if you say 'Morality’s directives can only be categorically binding if they are constitutive of agency, as otherwise they are escapable' that is not an adequate explanation of the argument. The only reason I know what that means, is because I know the actual argument that it's a placeholder for. Similarly, if you say 'prefer competing interpretations because it prevents a race to the bottom and reasonability is arbitrary' I will not fill in for you the many missing internal links and extrapolation needed for that to mean something.

5. You can answer preemptive arguments after they are extended and applied. You don't need to answer them in the first speech. E.g. you can answer AC spikes in the 2nr, or NC spikes in the 2ar.

6. Preptime ends when you remove the flash drive from your computer, or when you hit send on the email. Compiling speech docs is on time.

7. Some debaters are unclear when they spread. Others are just going too fast for the complexity of the arguments. If you are unclear I will say 'clear'. If you are going too fast for how complex your argument is I will either say 'slow' or 'AURGHBLUGGGGG' in a distraught tone.

8. [Update midway through apple valley] I have found that I functionally cap negative speaks at 28.5 if you go for more than two distinct levels of offense in the 2nr. I think collapsing is a non-negotiable component of good debating which speaker points are designed to reflect.

Broader Paradigmatic Considerations: Things I believe but will still do my best to decide on the flow

Theory/T Beliefs

A) The Aff should be topical.

B) Many LD resolutions are generics, and many 'plans' don't prove generics true.

C) There is no good argument for the RVI.

D) Theoretical advantages should not replace substantive argumentation. E.g. this FW is super educational should not be able to be a warrant for your ethical theory (note that many Role of the Ballots have this same problem).

E) Framework argument can, and should be, applied to theory debates. If util is false, than deterrence is probably not a good reason to drop the debater on theory.

F) Ad hoc interpretations are bad.

G) Most theory is not drop the debater. The sensible conclusion is normally drop the argument or something else.

H) Something being difficult to answer does not make it unfair. Similarly, proving a theoretical assumption of the aff is false, does not prove the aff did something unfair in making that theoretical claim.

K Beliefs

A)The Aff should be topical.

B) K arguments that talk about what the debater should have done I tend to think about as theory shells. Ks that talk about what the government should have done I tend to think about as a dis ad + a counterplan.

C) Reasons the affirmative ethical theory is bad, is normally not a reason the affirmative loses. Just a reason we should assess the resolution under a different ethical theory. Obviously this is not universal nor incontestable.

D) If your K can result in the action of the aff then you need to say so in the NC. The K solves the aff offense by resulting in the aff is new if made in the 2nr.

Policy Beliefs

A) Condo is fine in most situations as are intrisicness perms (though you cannot fiat into the future, only within the timeframe suggested by the resolution).

B) Uniqueness arguments are probabilistic, not absolute. For example, suppose a republican win in the house and senate will certainly lead to extinction, and a democratic win in either will certainly prevent that extinction. Now imagine two cases. First, the neg wins republican win is likely now (about 60%) and a link that increases the republican chance of winning (moving democrat chances down to 40%). Here the aff has increased the chance of extinction by 20%. However, suppose that the aff reads cards on uniqueness showing a republican win is actually more likely (so the chance of dem's win starts at 40%). Still if the link evidence is the same strength (and so move the dem's chances to 20%) the impact is still the same (affirming increases the chance of extinction by 20%).

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/2/2018 VLD Finals Greenhill AM St. Andrew's Episcopal IB Neg Neg on a 3-0
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/2/2018 VLD Quarte Greenhill BZ St. Andrew's Episcopal IB Neg Neg on a 3-0
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/2/2018 VLD Octos Lake Travis BL Greenhill AM Aff Neg on a 2-1
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/2/2018 VLD Double Greenhill MR Lake Highland Prep JW Aff Aff on a 3-0
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/2/2018 VLD R6 Lincoln East SB Lexington KY Neg
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/2/2018 VLD R5 Pinnacle KA Loyola AO Neg
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/2/2018 VLD R4 Lake Highland Prep JA Eagan AS Aff
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/2/2018 VLD R3 Cypress Falls RK Millard North AA Neg
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/2/2018 VLD R2 Eagan AC Greenhill BZ Neg
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/2/2018 VLD R1 Westlake HS (Austin) CR New Trier CS Aff
Tournament of Champions 4/29/2017 LD Qtr Cambridge Rindge and Latin OS Collegiate KY Aff Aff on a 3-0
Tournament of Champions 4/29/2017 LD Dbls Westwood SN Scarsdale ZG Aff Aff on a 2-1
Tournament of Champions 4/29/2017 LD R2 Newark Science BA Scarsdale GZ Aff
NSD NE Camp Tournament 7/14/2016 LD Quarte Mark Winokur Marie-Rose Shinerman Neg Neg on a 3-0
NSD NE Camp Tournament 7/14/2016 LD Quarte Stephen Alessandro Aysha Hafiz Neg Neg on a 2-1
NSD NE Camp Tournament 7/14/2016 LD R6 Emily Wang Aysha Hafiz Neg
NSD NE Camp Tournament 7/14/2016 LD R6 Tyler Cross Stephen Alessandro Neg
NSD NE Camp Tournament 7/14/2016 LD R4 Nelson Lin Namita Kalghati Neg
NSD NE Camp Tournament 7/14/2016 LD R4 Jason Vernoff Natalie Tedeshi Neg
NSD NE Camp Tournament 7/14/2016 LD R3 Moses Zhang Mark Winokur Neg
NSD NE Camp Tournament 7/14/2016 LD R3 Katherine Wang Marie-Rose Shinerman Neg
NSD NE Camp Tournament 7/14/2016 LD R1 Nick Taylor Kathryn Sea Neg
NSD NE Camp Tournament 7/14/2016 LD R1 Gabriel Manak Henry Lin Aff
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 VLD Octos Bronx Science ZP Scarsdale ZG Aff Neg on a 2-1
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 VLD Double Millburn WH Bronx Science ZP Aff Neg on a 2-1
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 VLD Runoff Bronx Science ZP Lexington AQ Aff Aff on a 3-0
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 VLD Runoff Delbarton VK Scarsdale ZE Aff Aff on a 2-1
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 VLD R4 Lexington AQ Hunter College NP Neg
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 VLD R3 Scarsdale DW Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches BK Aff
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 VLD R2 West Des Moines Valley CT Scarsdale SJ Neg
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 VLD R2 University JR Bronx Science RR Aff
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 VLD R1 Bronx Science ZP
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 VLD R1 Heights JM Bronx Science OK Neg
Premier Debate Institute Tournament 8/6/2015 PDI Finals Tech Dom BS Fairness PW Neg Neg on a 5-0
Premier Debate Institute Tournament 8/6/2015 PDI Semis Fairness PW Black Holes AP Aff Aff on a 3-2
Premier Debate Institute Tournament 8/6/2015 PDI Quarte Tech Dom DW Black Holes AP Neg Neg on a 3-0
Premier Debate Institute Tournament 8/6/2015 PDI Round 3Stock JM Tech Dom DW Neg
Premier Debate Institute Tournament 8/6/2015 PDI Round Fairness JG Black Holes AP Neg
Premier Debate Institute Tournament 8/6/2015 PDI Round Tech Dom BS 3Stock JO Neg
Premier Debate Institute Tournament 8/6/2015 PDI Round 3Stock DK Black Holes RU Aff
Premier Debate Institute Tournament 8/6/2015 PDI Round 3Stock SH Fairness VP Neg
VBI Los Angeles 7/20/2015 O LD Db Debois Jack Wareham Bhave Noah Simon Neg Neg on a 3-0
VBI Los Angeles 7/20/2015 N LD qu Hwang Lily Richman Krotz Sophia Wang Neg Neg on a 3-0
VBI Los Angeles 7/20/2015 O LD R6 Gelfer Abigail Tosheff Gandra Shane Garrity Neg
VBI Los Angeles 7/20/2015 O LD R6 Zhou Jot Kaur Dv-Mks Angela Yang Neg
VBI Los Angeles 7/20/2015 O LD R5 Shapir Mason Mulry Zhang Richard Yoo Neg
VBI Los Angeles 7/20/2015 O LD R5 Quint Anurag Golla Cha Zachary Lynch Aff
VBI Los Angeles 7/20/2015 O LD R3 Tambe Richard Cook Sigalo Oliver Zhao Aff
VBI Los Angeles 7/20/2015 O LD R3 Lallas Noah Bandt Castil Paloma O'Connor Neg
VBI Los Angeles 7/20/2015 O LD R2 Tambe Ryan Kibby Kuang Alison Oh Aff
VBI Los Angeles 7/20/2015 O LD R2 Naguib Elaine Fung Smith Aimun Khan Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/25/2015 LD Qtr Sacred Heart AT University DB Neg Neg on a 3-0
Tournament of Champions 4/25/2015 LD Octo Sacred Heart AT Scarsdale MB Aff Aff on a 2-1
Tournament of Champions 4/25/2015 LD Run of Byram Hills AJ Newark Science AF Aff Neg on a 2-1
Tournament of Champions 4/25/2015 LD R7 Brentwood JL Sacred Heart AT Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/25/2015 LD R7 Newark Science CQ Cypress Bay JS Aff
Tournament of Champions 4/25/2015 LD R4 Scarsdale RG Newark Science AF Aff
Tournament of Champions 4/25/2015 LD R4 Lexington DA Crossroads NS Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/25/2015 LD R3 Evanston Township EW Brentwood JC Aff
Tournament of Champions 4/25/2015 LD R2 Lexington AS Byram Hills AJ Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/25/2015 LD R2 Lexington PC West Des Moines Valley TG Aff
Tournament of Champions 4/25/2015 LD R1 Strake Jesuit CP RC Newark Science SS Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/25/2015 LD R1 Brentwood JP Dulles KS Neg
2015 Harrison Round Robin 4/18/2015 LD R5 Ben Laufer Amit Kukreja Neg Neg on a 2-0
2015 Harrison Round Robin 4/18/2015 LD R4 Carolyn Lau Paul Erlanger Neg Neg on a 2-0
2015 Harrison Round Robin 4/18/2015 LD R3 Christian Quiroz Carolyn Lau Aff Aff on a 2-0
2015 Harrison Round Robin 4/18/2015 LD R2 John Staunton Ben Laufer Neg
2015 Harrison Round Robin 4/18/2015 LD R1 Eric Wallach Wesley Hu Neg Neg on a 2-0
Derby City Round Robin 2/1/2015 LD R5 J Graham Brown BD DuPont Manual EH Neg Neg on a 2-0
Derby City Round Robin 2/1/2015 PF R4 DuPont Manual WY J Graham Brown PP Neg Neg on a 2-0
Derby City Round Robin 2/1/2015 LD R3 Trinity PS J Graham Brown BD Neg Neg on a 2-0
Derby City Round Robin 2/1/2015 LD R1 DuPont Manual EH Trinity JR Aff Aff on a 2-0
Derby City Invitational 1/31/2015 PF Finals Assumption DG DuPont Manual MS Neg
Derby City Invitational 1/31/2015 VLD R5 Highlands Latin EB DuPont Manual ST Neg
Derby City Invitational 1/31/2015 PF R3 DuPont Manual MS Assumption DG Aff
Derby City Invitational 1/31/2015 PF R2 DuPont Manual SH Ballard KV Aff
Derby City Invitational 1/31/2015 VLD R1 DuPont Manual VL Neg
The Glenbrooks 11/22/2014 VLD Double West Des Moines Valley GS Greenhill MM Neg Neg on a 3-0
The Glenbrooks 11/22/2014 VLD Round Liberty Christian BS Kinkaid JY Neg
The Glenbrooks 11/22/2014 VLD Round Newark Science SS Strake Jesuit AnT Aff
The Glenbrooks 11/22/2014 VLD Round Strake Jesuit AlT Newark Science AK Aff
The Glenbrooks 11/22/2014 VLD Round Barrington SN Evanston CT Neg
The Glenbrooks 11/22/2014 VLD Round Kinkaid MS
The Glenbrooks 11/22/2014 VLD Round Law Magnet DD Peninsula JZ Neg
The Glenbrooks 11/22/2014 VLD Round Meadows MS West Des Moines Valley TG Neg
The Glenbrooks 11/22/2014 VLD Round Roseville Area DD Colleyville Heritage AC Aff
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic at Walt Whitman 10/24/2014 VLD R6 Byram Hills RP Heights WD Neg
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic at Walt Whitman 10/24/2014 VLD R6 Upper Arlington HW DuPont Manual EH Aff
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic at Walt Whitman 10/24/2014 VLD R5 Scarsdale DW Byram Hills AJ Neg
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic at Walt Whitman 10/24/2014 VLD R3 Collegiate KY Potomac JC Aff
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic at Walt Whitman 10/24/2014 VLD R3 Marriotts Ridge QC Lake Braddock ZS Neg
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic at Walt Whitman 10/24/2014 VLD R2 Heights LM Bronx Science CL Neg
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic at Walt Whitman 10/24/2014 VLD R2 Byram Hills SC Loyola Blakefield JT Aff
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic at Walt Whitman 10/24/2014 VLD R1 Upper Dublin HS Speech and Debate Team RZ Cypress Falls SR Aff
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic at Walt Whitman 10/24/2014 VLD R1 Bronx Science AM Millburn AL Neg
New York City Invitational 10/16/2014 LD Sextod Lexington DA Scarsdale MB Aff Aff on a 2-1
New York City Invitational 10/16/2014 LD Runoff Ridge SK WDM Valley TG Neg Neg on a 3-0
New York City Invitational 10/16/2014 LD R7 Scarsdale MB Lexington AQ Aff
New York City Invitational 10/16/2014 LD R5 Collegiate DK Ridge NP Neg
New York City Invitational 10/16/2014 LD R5 Newark Science NS Hunter College NPo Aff
New York City Invitational 10/16/2014 LD R4 University KC Regis FK Aff
New York City Invitational 10/16/2014 LD R4 James Graham Brown NT Scarsdale ER Neg
New York City Invitational 10/16/2014 LD R3 Collegiate HH Brentwood JC Neg
New York City Invitational 10/16/2014 LD R3 Brentwood JL Barrington CM Aff
New York City Invitational 10/16/2014 LD R2 Grapevine NSi Newark Science TB Neg
New York City Invitational 10/16/2014 LD R2 Scarsdale RG Concord Carlisle DL Aff
New York City Invitational 10/16/2014 LD R1 Millburn CS Regis DS Neg
New York City Invitational 10/16/2014 LD R1 Interlake AL Charlotte Catholic AM Aff
Bronx Round Robin 10/16/2014 LD R5 Kinkaid TG WDM Valley GS Aff Aff on a 2-0
Bronx Round Robin 10/16/2014 LD R4 Bronx Science GM Grapevine AY Neg
Bronx Round Robin 10/16/2014 LD R3 WDM Valley GS Cypress Bay JS Neg Neg on a 2-0
Bronx Round Robin 10/16/2014 LD R2 Scarsdale RG Lexington PC Aff Aff on a 2-0
Bronx Round Robin 10/16/2014 LD R1 University DB Newark Science SS Aff Aff on a 2-0
Mid America Cup 9/27/2014 VLD Final Evanston CT Scarsdale RG Aff Aff on a 2-1
Mid America Cup 9/27/2014 VLD Semi Mission Peak SS Scarsdale RG Neg Neg on a 2-1
Mid America Cup 9/27/2014 VLD Quarte Scarsdale RG Sacred Heart AT Neg Aff on a 2-1
Mid America Cup 9/27/2014 VLD Octos Woodlands AC Mission Peak SS Neg Neg on a 3-0
Mid America Cup 9/27/2014 VLD Double Evanston EW Bronx Science ID Aff Aff on a 3-0
Mid America Cup 9/27/2014 VLD Double Los Altos JN Bronx Science GMi Neg Neg on a 3-0
Mid America Cup 9/27/2014 VLD R6 Lake Highland Prep SP Walt Whitman SC Neg
Mid America Cup 9/27/2014 VLD R5 Bronx Science DR Law Magnet KP Neg
Mid America Cup 9/27/2014 VLD R5 St. Louis Park DA Hockaday SS Aff
Mid America Cup 9/27/2014 VLD R4 duPont Manual XH Walt Whitman SP Neg
Mid America Cup 9/27/2014 VLD R4 Los Altos SN Bronx Science EF Aff
Mid America Cup 9/27/2014 VLD R3 Bronx Science GM Barrington RJ Neg
Mid America Cup 9/27/2014 VLD R3 Bronx Science GMi Brentwood SS Aff
Mid America Cup 9/27/2014 VLD R2 Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches NV Walt Whitman MR Aff
Mid America Cup 9/27/2014 VLD R2 Hockaday AS Strake Jesuit CP JZ Neg
Mid America Cup 9/27/2014 VLD R1 Bronx Science OK Mountain View KX Aff
Mid America Cup 9/27/2014 VLD R1 University School (FL) JR Hockaday AG Aff
Yale Invitational 9/19/2014 VLD Octo Princeton DE Scarsdale RG Neg Aff on a 2-1
Yale Invitational 9/19/2014 VLD Dubs Brentwood JC Lexington AS Neg Neg on a 3-0
Yale Invitational 9/19/2014 VLD Trips Collegiate NE Brentwood MR Neg Neg on a 3-0
Yale Invitational 9/19/2014 VLD R6 Collegiate DK University DB Neg
Yale Invitational 9/19/2014 VLD R5 Collegiate HH Princeton CP Neg
Yale Invitational 9/19/2014 VLD R4 North Allegheny Senior KD Princeton EO Neg
Yale Invitational 9/19/2014 VLD R3 Byram Hills SC Scarsdale AY Neg
Yale Invitational 9/19/2014 VLD R2 Timothy Christian JM Bronx Science CL Neg
Yale Invitational 9/19/2014 VLD R2 Ridge AR Immaculate Heart LM Neg
Yale Invitational 9/19/2014 VLD R1 Lake Highland SS Monticello DA
National Symposium for Debate 8/1/2014 LD Octos David Branse Eric Weine Aff Neg on a 2-1
National Symposium for Debate 8/1/2014 LD Round Raunak Pillai Priya Kukreja Aff
National Symposium for Debate 8/1/2014 LD Round Douglas Wickham William Digges Neg
National Symposium for Debate 8/1/2014 LD Round Andrew Bower Avani Rao Neg
National Symposium for Debate 8/1/2014 LD Round Joe Zaghrini Eric Weine Neg
National Symposium for Debate 8/1/2014 LD Round Emerson Riback Ryan Britton Aff
National Symposium for Debate 8/1/2014 LD Round Nirmal Balachundhar Trent Gilbert Neg
National Symposium for Debate 8/1/2014 LD Round Ayman Quadir Srinivas Mandyam Aff
National Symposium for Debate 8/1/2014 LD Round Matt Mandel Katya Brooun Neg
National Symposium for Debate 8/1/2014 LD Round Neha Pai Tyler Gamble Neg
National Symposium for Debate 8/1/2014 LD Round Evan O'Donnell Ari Mostow Aff
National Symposium for Debate 8/1/2014 LD Round Paul Erlanger John Staunton Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/26/2014 LD R7 Clements RG Scarsdale BU Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/26/2014 LD R4 Newark Science CQ Brentwood JP Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/26/2014 LD R3 Hockaday CN Marcus LH Aff
National Symposium for Debate 7/31/2013 LD Semis James Stuckert Ram Prasad Neg Neg on a 3-0
National Symposium for Debate 7/31/2013 LD Octos Daiya Massac Noah Thaler Neg Neg on a 3-0
National Symposium for Debate 7/31/2013 LD Double Thomas Phung Ben Ulene Neg Neg on a 3-0
National Symposium for Debate 7/31/2013 LD R6 Gage Whitehead John Sasso Neg
National Symposium for Debate 7/31/2013 LD R6 Sophie Schick Anson Fung Neg
National Symposium for Debate 7/31/2013 LD R5 Jacob Blitz Adele Li Aff
National Symposium for Debate 7/31/2013 LD R5 Gabriel Dolsten Emily Portuguese Neg
National Symposium for Debate 7/31/2013 LD R4 Kevin Krotz Claire Hu Neg
National Symposium for Debate 7/31/2013 LD R4 Carolyn Lau James Naumovski Neg
National Symposium for Debate 7/31/2013 LD R3 Tiffany Li Zohair Madhani Aff
National Symposium for Debate 7/31/2013 LD R3 Lucy Wang Eleanor Beaird Neg
National Symposium for Debate 7/31/2013 LD R2 Alan Li Dean Kieserman Neg
National Symposium for Debate 7/31/2013 LD R1 Liam Daly Yang Liu Aff
National Symposium for Debate 7/31/2013 LD R1 Christopher Zhang Nida Rasool Aff