liam jameson ParadigmLast changed 2/9 3:41P CDT
This philosophy is a list of personal preferences and individual quirks that I've noticed about myself. I think they will be helpful when you debate for my ballot. Very few of these preferences are set in stone. Debates are about your arguments.
I don't like theory debates. I think almost any counterplan is justified if it's competitive. I have slight biases against object fiat and counterplans without actors.
I don't like T debates. I think too many people have drunk the limits kool-aid, and, to quote Seth Gannon, I'm a reasonability guy.
I think death is bad and extinction is worse. These beliefs are weakly held.
I don't read a plan and I don't go for DAs. I have working knowledge of most critical theses.
I think people should read plans.
I think it's possible for the negative to win that the AFF doesn't get to weigh the plan. In fact, I think it would be easier than most people believe.
"Good" arguments in debate are relative. Quoting another old man, if you can't beat the argument that genocide is good or that rocks are people or that rock genocide is good because they are people, then you are a bad advocate for your cause and should lose. Most of the crazy arguments you hear are "crazy" because a lot of smart people have thought about these things and concluded that they're nonsense.
No audience participation. No arguments about the people in the round. No arguments about stuff that happened out of round. These three beliefs are 100% immutable.