Sam Heller Paradigm

Last changed Sat, Feb 17, 2018 at 10:59 PM UTC

Grady High School 2014 - 4 years policy debate
Harvard College 2018 - 2 years policy debate
samuelheller96@gmail.com

Topic Knowledge 2017-2018 - I know the topic is education because I literally just googled it, that's it.

Be clear. I flow from your speech not your speech doc

I think it's incredibly difficult to make a strong case for most nuclear war impacts (especially on a topic about education), and my standard for impact defense against bad impact evidence is low.

This rest of this copied and pasted from Patrick Kennedy's philosophy, with a few changes to parts that I (slightly) disagree with him about.


I'm doubling down on the relevance of the line-by-line to my decisionmaking. I will no longer try to put arguments together for you, I'm tired of it. Answer arguments clearly, or they aren't answered.


Topicality is a thing and you should probably be topical. I'm not going to vote against you out of hand on jurisdiction, but I do think the aff should be topical as a general principle. This doesn't mean you need a plan text with "policy" advantages - I'm old but not that old


Reading a vague plan doesn't mean counterplans aren't competitive. I'm increasingly willing to vote on vagueness against a lot of these plans, especially when the aff makes wild clarifications of what the plan does in the 2ac.


Clarity is seriously an a priori concern. I'm going to suggest that you slow down from your incomprehensible top speed, and focus on increasing the quality of your arguments, rather than the quantity.


I won't dismiss anyone's arguments out of hand, but I might not love your arguments.


I have realized that research quality is becoming increasingly important to me. I don't think "having a card that says our claim in it" is a stand in for evidence with a warrant or explanation of logic. Make a good arg without a card before you read a shitty card.


I can't (won't? either way) vote on arguments that I don't understand, which behooves you to make me understand your arguments. The arguments in debate that I have the least understanding of are those rooted in high theory (Baudrillard, Deleuze, Lacan, etc.)


I don’t really like it when people debate with their heads down all the time. I think you would be better served slowing down and actually saying things, instead of trying to force the other team to drop stuff.


I am willing to vote negative on presumption. I think the aff has to construct a strong case for a departure from the status quo.


I am willing to vote affirmative on presumption. I think that the neg has to have a net benefit to their counterplan, and that "any risk of a link means you vote neg" is not a very educational standard for counterplan debates (though there are cases in which it makes sense).


My presumption is not for less change. Random change could just as easily be bad as good- you have to make an actual argument as to why less change it better.




Another thing I strongly agree with, from Michael Antonucci's wiki:

2. OVERHIGHLIGHTING IS DANGEROUS

Over-highlighted evidence can be pretty silly. It’s reached the point of implicit footnoting. I prefer the K teams that just overtly footnote stuff – it achieves the same effect without brutalizing the language. Even better, though, is reading evidence that completes arguments instead of alluding to arguments through disconnected violent noun phrases.

If your card:
- Doesn’t form complete sentences
- Only forms sentences through Phrase Legos
- Otherwise makes me think of “word salad”
I will probably discount it entirely.
That is true even if I’m very familiar with a fuller version of your card.

I might read around highlighting to determine context, but this generally can only hurt you.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Event Rd Aff Neg Decision
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/17/2018 VPD 1 Thomas Jefferson HSST YP Lexington HZ NEG
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/17/2018 VPD 2 Edgemont SS Lexington CH AFF
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/17/2018 JVP 2 New Mission HS Boston Community Leadershi GR Long Branch AB AFF
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/17/2018 VPD 4 Bronx HS Of Science LB Liberal Arts and Science IJ NEG
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/17/2018 JVP 5 Wylie Sr CS Brooklyn Technical SZ NEG
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/17/2018 JVP 6 Nashua South MP Bronx HS Of Science LC AFF
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/17/2018 VPD 7 Brooklyn Technical RL Lexington LL NEG
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/17/2018 JVP Octafinals Hebron DG McDonogh WZ NEG
McDonogh W on a 3-0
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/18/2017 VPD 1 Lexington WT Evanston RH AFF
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/18/2017 VPD 2 Liberal Arts and Science Academy - LBJ AC Bronx HS of Science YL AFF
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/18/2017 VPD 3 Prep HN Liberal Arts and Science Academy - LBJ MV NEG
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/18/2017 JVP 3 Albuquerque WX Nashua South LM NEG
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/18/2017 VPD 5 Brooklyn Technical YD Traverse City Central FM AFF
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/18/2017 VPD 6 Brooklyn Technical LM McDowell FS AFF
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/18/2017 VPD 7 Brooklyn Technical BP Edgemont Jr./Sr. MS NEG
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/18/2017 JVP Octafinals Thomas Jefferson HS for Science & Technol VK Evanston DK AFF
Thomas Jef on a 3-0
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 PF 1 Anderson HW Cypress Bay SF NEG
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 PF 1 Colleyville Heritage NL Nueva CC NEG
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 PF 2 Cypress Bay SB Boca Raton Community WM PRO
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 PF 2 Starrs Mill HH Evanston Township CC NEG
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 PF 5 Albuquerque NV Boca Raton Community RF NEG
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 PF 6 St James PM Success Academy GR PRO
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 PF 6 Charles W Flanagan LS North Mecklenburg MR NEG
Alpharetta Treasure Hunt 1/21/2017 VCX 1 Johns Creek AO Chattahoochee HL AFF
Alpharetta Treasure Hunt 1/21/2017 VCX 4 Marist VT Chattahoochee TP AFF
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 CX RR 4 Interlake GJ Austin SFA NEG
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 JV CX 6 Bronx Science LW Weston YL NEG
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 JV CX Doubles Edgemont Jr./Sr. SS Evanston MM NEG
Evanston M on a 3-0
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 VCX Doubles Westminster Schools CK Hendrickson HS AFF
Westminste on a 2-1
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 JV CX Semifinals Albuquerque AS Austin SFA SR NEG
Austin SFA on a 3-0
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 VCX Finals Blake SW Westminster Schools CK AFF
Blake SW on a 3-0
BDL Andrew Brokos Tournament Excel HS 12/11/2015 C Round 1 Ctown 610 NMBCLA 612 AFF
BDL Andrew Brokos Tournament Excel HS 12/11/2015 V Round 2 BLA 503 EMK 508 AFF
BDL Andrew Brokos Tournament Excel HS 12/11/2015 C Quarterfinals EMK 608 Excel 605 AFF
EMK 608 on a 3-0
BDL Andrew Brokos Tournament Excel HS 12/11/2015 C Semifinals Ctown 609 BLA 600 AFF
BLA 600 on a 2-1
BDL Summer Camp HS Tournament 8/27/2015 C Round 1 EMK /BLA400 BLA /NMBCLA403 AFF
BDL Summer Camp HS Tournament 8/27/2015 C Round 2 BLA 402 BLA /Westie400 NEG
BDL Summer Camp HS Tournament 8/27/2015 C Round 3 EMK /BLA400 BLA /NMBCLA403 AFF
HDC Summer Workshop PF 1 7/16/2014 2 KTZLab NN CARDin RA PRO
HDC Summer Workshop PF 1 7/16/2014 2 Exalte AE IMRLab ZA NEG
HDC Summer Workshop PF 1 7/16/2014 4 SKWAWD MZ CARDin MG NEG
HDC Summer Workshop PF 1 7/16/2014 4 CARDin SR SKWAWD KR NEG