Jesse Keleman Paradigm

Last changed 16 September 2020 6:17 PM CDT

Policy Debate

I would like to be on the email chain if there is one. my email is jessekeleman@gmail.com

I am not the fastest flow-er in the world. Slow down a bit or enunciate your tags/ argument names so that I know they are special, and it shouldn't be too much of a problem. As long as I have enough of your argument flowed down to jog my memory, you should be fine.

Basic Philosophy

I debated at UT and debated for 4 years at Grapevine in highschool. I'm currently studying law at the University of Houston. I'm fine with any argument. I really like well-researched PICs.

Try to be clear on what arguments you are winning and why you are winning the round because of it. What this means is that when you make an argument, make sure you explain the larger implications it has on the debate. This doesn't mean make everything a voting issue, but rather that your arguments should all fit together in a neat and understandable way. If I have to do a lot of this analysis myself, you might not like how I end up evaluating your arguments.

An author name is not an extension, and I think debaters tend to breeze over conceded arguments without impacting them out in the way I talked about above. If you think an argument is conceded or mishandled, it still needs to be explained in the final speeches.

I am trying to substantially cut down on the amount of evidence I read. I've been leaning more towards the idea that my decision should mostly be based on what is said in round, as opposed to what the evidence says. That doesn't mean I won't read your evidence if you specifically point me towards a certain card, or that I won't read your opponents evidence if you tell me it contradicts what they are claiming. What it does mean is you have to point those things out to me, and that I'm not going to go back after the debate and read through your evidence to find all the warrants supporting your arguments. Those should be made in your speech, and my new focus on reading that evidence is mostly to make sure that the warrant is actually there.

I'm not too familiar with a lot of the kritikal literature bases besides Virilio, so keep that in mind when explaining your arguments. I still love hearing kritiks, just be sure to make your arguments as clear as possible.
I haven't heard a lot of debates on this topic, so try and keep that in mind if you were planning on throwing around a lot of acronyms at a fast pace. Making your arguments clearer can only be good for your speaker points.


I like hearing specific disads, generic ones are fine too if you can contextualize the link to your argument to the affirmative. Same thing with kritiks.
I'll be glad to answer any more specific questions you have before the round.

Disads

I prefer specific disads, but of course that's not always possible. I find that disad links can be pretty awful, and think that it can be a great place for an aff to gain some ground against the disad. However, I think that disads with strong and well-explained links can be extremely convincing. Politics disads can either be underwhelming if extremely generic, or very solid arguments if your link story is a bit more nuanced then "some people in congress hate the plan, so congress will suddenly decide they hate immigration reform.".

I did mainly kritikal debate in college, but in highschool I was more policy oriented, so don't be afraid to lean more policy infront of me. I actually find 8-off debates to be pretty interesting sometimes; I think that they force interesting strategic decisions and require a certain skill to both answer and execute well.

Counterplans

I am not a fan of conditions counterplans, or any other counterplan that causes a very small change in the process the aff goes through (consult counterplans also fall under this category). I tend to think that they form boring and repetitive debates. I will still vote on them if you are winning the argument, but I find the theoretical objections to them to be pretty convincing. I am a huge fan of specific pics. Any well-researched and well debated pic will likely give your speaker points a boost. I am not a fan of generic pics, or some of the old-fashioned word pics, such as the "the" pic. I think advantage counterplans can be extremely strategic, especially when paired with a strong disad.

Kritik

Kritiks are great, but I am not very familiar with a lot of the more complex kritikal literature. This means you have to make your explanation of the argument clear to me, or I'll have a hard time voting on it. I have no problem with affirmatives that don't defend government action as long as they are relevant to the topic or have a convincing reason not to be, but at the same time I have no problem voting for framework if the negative gives me convincing reasons why debates about government action are more useful than what the affirmative performance is trying to do. I would prefer negatives use well thought-out counter-advocacies over framework as those debates tend to be more interesting, but I do believe that framework has its place in debate.

I generally prefer that your link arguments prove that the aff makes the world a worse place in some way, rather than only prove that they are complicit in certain structures. I think that really talented kritikal debaters are proficient at framing their link arguments in offensive ways that show how an aff replicates problems in the world, rather than just claiming that the aff doesn't acknowledge a problem. The exception to this is if you can win substantial framing arguments that mean I should ignore the aff entirely.


Topicality

I'd generally prefer a DA or K, but I think that topicality debates can be interesting in their own way. I think that high school debaters tend to expand the topic a little bit too far, and get away with affs that might not necessarily be topical. Running topicality against a clearly topical aff will most likely not get you anywhere, and should probably be replaced with more viable arguments.

Framework

I decided to make a separate section for this, since I've been judging it a bit more and have more thoughts about it now. I think that sometimes teams forget that when i vote on framework, I'm voting on an interpretation of how debate should be, rather than voting on whether a team broke some "rule" of debate or not. Your argument could of course be that I should vote them down because they broke a rule, but I find this less convincing than arguments about what debate ought to be. I think that ways of mitigating the other team's offense is vital in these debates. For the neg, those would be SS args, TVA args, or any other argument about how your interpretation doesn't exclude their education. For the aff, this usually takes the form of criticisms of the neg's ideas of education.

A lot of the framework debates I've judged seem to focus on the aff alone, rather than the entire interpretation. I think that this is a mistake, and I would like to see teams tying their arguments back to their interpretations rather than just ignoring the interpretation after extending it and proceeding to talk about how unfair the specific aff is. I find a lot of aff interpretations to be very vague, take advantage of this when you make your predictability and limits arguments.

As a final note on framework, I think that novel and strategic aff interpretations could get you further than just "teams have to talk about the topic".


Theory

I find that there are certain arguments in debate that seem polarizing, as far as if they are beneficial arguments that should be used in debate or not. For these arguments that do seem to spur disagreement, I think that theory can be a fantastic argument against them, and would enjoy seeing an in-depth theory debate about them. On the other hand, theory arguments arguing that you shouldn't speed read, that counterplans are bad for debate, or that kritiks belong in LD, I do not find convincing. You're not likely to win on these arguments unless the other team severely mishandles them, so you might as well actually engage in their arguments instead of trying to just ignore them. A questionable argument that has been well-researched and has specific evidence is much more likely to look legitimate to me than a generic counterplan that just pushes the aff back a year and claims a politics net benefit. I think that clash is one of the most important parts of debate, and that if an argument disagrees with the actual content of the 1AC in a substantial matter, it should be permitted in debate. If an argument tries to avoid clash in unhealthy ways (mostly in ways that don't promote topic-specific research), then I am more likely to decide that these arguments are illegitimate.

Conditionality -

I think that more than two conditional arguments is pushing it, but I do not think there is much merit to saying that the negative cannot get even 1 conditional argument. If there's one conditional argument your time is probably better spent on debating the substance of the debate. I also think that you should make your argument as nuanced as possible, for example instead of saying just conditionality is bad, say that multiple contradictory conditional worlds is bad.


Speaker Points - I haven't judged enough rounds to have a well though-out system of giving speaker points, but in general better arguments will get better speaker points, and more persuasive speakers will get better speaker points. I also enjoy hearing novel arguments, especially in areas of debate where you often hear the same arguments over and over again, such as theory debates.

LD

I rarely judge this event. Assume I know nothing about the topic, but I am probably somewhat familiar with the critical literature base you're drawing from. I have a hard time voting aff in LD debates because of the huge time discrepancy that makes it seem as if there are a lot of dropped arguments. To get around this, I suggest grouping arguments often as the affirmative, and making it clear how your impacts outweigh any risk of what the negative is talking about, bringing up at least a few specific examples in the process.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
CEDA Nationals at West Virginia University C 2021-04-09 Open R2 Michigan DS Harvard/Massachusetts, Amherst (Policy Debate) GM Aff
75th National Debate Tournament C 2021-03-25 Open R1 Emory GK CSU Long Beach CF Aff Aff 3-0
Monmouth Debate Tournament C 2021-02-12 Novice Quarts UniSta MM Libert DK Neg Aff 2-1
Monmouth Debate Tournament C 2021-02-12 Open Quarts Boston College CZ George Mason TJ Neg Neg 3-0
Monmouth Debate Tournament C 2021-02-12 Open R5 George Mason SI NYU SZ Aff
Monmouth Debate Tournament C 2021-02-12 Open R3 Boston College CZ NYU DK Neg
University of Minnesota College Invitational C 2021-01-29 Open R5 Minnesota PS George Mason PL Neg
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 NCX Finals Westwo TT Barsto OS Aff Neg 2-1
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 NCX Quarte Barsto OS Westwo MS Aff Aff 3-0
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 Pol Octos SMSOT CY Reagan KR Neg Neg 2-1
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 Pol Double Jesuit JB YGBA BC Aff Neg 2-1
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 NCX R5 Barsto LS SMSOT DJ Aff
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 Pol R4 Barsto BM ArcMit KB Neg
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 Pol R3 Westsi KS Garfie PT Neg
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 NCX R2 Barsto OS SMSOT AP Neg
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston MS 2021-01-14 Pol R1 YGBA PC Midway PZ Neg
ADA Fall C 2020-11-13 JV Elim 3 Emory BW George Mason PL Neg Neg 3-0
ADA Fall C 2020-11-13 JV Elim 2 Emory BW Purdue AS Aff Aff 3-0
ADA Fall C 2020-11-13 JV R2 NYU KS Purdue AS Neg
ADA Fall C 2020-11-13 JV R1 Michigan State VW Minnesota DH Neg
Gonzaga University The Jesuit C 2020-10-30 Open Qtrs Emory GK Wake Forest FH Aff Aff 4-1
Gonzaga University The Jesuit C 2020-10-30 Open Octas Wake Forest FH Kansas SM Neg Aff 3-2
Gonzaga University The Jesuit C 2020-10-30 Open RD 6 Cornell LS Harvard/Amherst BW Neg
Gonzaga University The Jesuit C 2020-10-30 Open RD 5 Harvard/Amherst GM George Mason BG Neg
Gonzaga University The Jesuit C 2020-10-30 Open RD 3 Kansas EM Emory MS Neg
Gonzaga University The Jesuit C 2020-10-30 Open RD 2 CSU Long Beach FC Johnson County Community BB Neg
Gonzaga University The Jesuit C 2020-10-30 Open RD 1 Emory EZ Harvard AH Neg
JW Patterson Debates at Kentucky C 2020-10-03 Open R5 Georgetown MW Louisville BY Neg
JW Patterson Debates at Kentucky C 2020-10-03 Open R2 Kentucky DW Western Washington AB Aff
JW Patterson Debates at Kentucky C 2020-10-03 Open R1 Emory GK Georgetown EN Aff
Season Opener at Northwestern University C 2020-09-18 Open R6 Binghamton MA Georgetown AG Neg
Season Opener at Northwestern University C 2020-09-18 Open R5 Harvard OY Wayne State RB Aff
Season Opener at Northwestern University C 2020-09-18 Open R3 Georgetown AK Liberty CR Aff
Season Opener at Northwestern University C 2020-09-18 Open R2 Harvard BY Wayne State GR Aff
Season Opener at Northwestern University C 2020-09-18 JV RD1 NYU RS Southern California FK Neg
ADA Nationals at UNLV C 2020-03-06 Nov R3 Monmouth HeRo Fullerton CM Neg
ADA Nationals at UNLV C 2020-03-06 Nov R2 Monmouth CV Fullerton TP Neg
The NJDDT at the University of Houston C 2020-02-29 Pol Qrts Kansas MP Kansas State ST Aff Aff 3-0
Texas Open C 2020-02-01 OP R4 Emporia State MK UC Berkeley GF Neg
Texas Swing 1 Fear and Loathing in Dallas C 2020-01-06 OPEN Octas Miami Homeijer & Lynch Kansas Hoffmann & Thomas Aff Aff 2-1
Texas Swing 1 Fear and Loathing in Dallas C 2020-01-06 OPEN R6 UTSA Hernandez & Weathersby Wyomin' Mitchell & Radcliffe Aff
Texas Swing 1 Fear and Loathing in Dallas C 2020-01-06 JV R3 Kansas McGregory & Hill K-State Christensen & Thoeni Neg
Texas Swing 1 Fear and Loathing in Dallas C 2020-01-06 OPEN R2 UMKC Willett & Mitchell Kansas Snow & Hassett Aff
Texas Swing 1 Fear and Loathing in Dallas C 2020-01-06 OPEN R1 Miami Homeijer & Lynch Wyomin' Lamb & Talamantes Aff
UCO Joe C Jackson C 2019-11-08 Open Round K-State EA Baylor GW Neg
UCO Joe C Jackson C 2019-11-08 JV R4 JCCC CB UCO/Wyoming HL Neg
UCO Joe C Jackson C 2019-11-08 Open Round Kansas HO UTSA HW Aff
64th Annual George R R Pflaum Debate Tournament C 2019-10-11 JV R4 UMKC BP JCCC PW Aff
64th Annual George R R Pflaum Debate Tournament C 2019-10-11 OPEN R3 Kansas SP Baylor EG Aff
64th Annual George R R Pflaum Debate Tournament C 2019-10-11 OPEN R2 Kansas BS MOState LE Aff
64th Annual George R R Pflaum Debate Tournament C 2019-10-11 OPEN R1 UTD BW UCO HL Aff
GSU Atlanta Season Opener C 2019-09-14 OP R8 Pittsburgh FK Georgetown BP Neg
GSU Atlanta Season Opener C 2019-09-14 OP R7 Emory GH Wyoming LT Aff
GSU Atlanta Season Opener C 2019-09-14 OP R6 Emory BW Harvard AR Neg
GSU Atlanta Season Opener C 2019-09-14 OP R5 Emory CJ Michigan HF Neg
GSU Atlanta Season Opener C 2019-09-14 OP R4 Georgetown MR Rochester AM Neg
GSU Atlanta Season Opener C 2019-09-14 OP R3 Georgia State CA Emory NZ Aff
GSU Atlanta Season Opener C 2019-09-14 JV R2 Emory/Georgetown BC Liberty SW Neg
2019District IIIMAC Championship C 2019-02-22 MAC Sems Baylor Smith & Wyatt Kansas Alvarez & Snow Aff Aff 2-1
2019District IIIMAC Championship C 2019-02-22 MAC R4 Wichita Brown & Wedel Kansas Alvarez & Snow Neg
Texas Two Step 2 C 2019-01-08 JV R6 UTD Iske & Harmon UCO Lott & Wendland Neg
Texas Two Step 2 C 2019-01-08 OPEN R5 UTSA Gaskey & Myers Emporia Sims & LaMunyon Neg
Texas Two Step 2 C 2019-01-08 OPEN R4 UMKC Mitchell & Willett KU Snow & Bastian Aff
Texas Two Step 2 C 2019-01-08 JV R2 KU Alvarez & Rawlings UTSA Umesh & Aguilar Aff
Texas Two Step 2 C 2019-01-08 OPEN R1 Wyoming Bertagnolli & Porterfield MOState Kauffman & Reeves Neg
UCO Joe C Jackson C 2018-11-02 NOV R5 JCCC BM UTSA DZ Aff
UCO Joe C Jackson C 2018-11-02 NOV R3 UTSA NO UCO LW Neg
UCO Joe C Jackson C 2018-11-02 JV Round UTSA MG Kansas LR Neg
UCO Joe C Jackson C 2018-11-02 Open Round Kansas FM Baylor GG Aff
Las Vegas Classic Debate Tournament C 2018-10-20 Nov R5 Fullerton AC Southwestern BN Neg
Las Vegas Classic Debate Tournament C 2018-10-20 JV R4 Wilkes KW CSU - Northridge GZ Neg
Las Vegas Classic Debate Tournament C 2018-10-20 Open R2 Wyoming BP UNLV BR Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2016-12-02 CCX R6 Montgo WC CleLak SA Aff
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2016-12-02 CCX R5 WinChu BW Athens HH Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2016-12-02 CCX R4 JesCP LR Airlin WW Aff
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2016-12-02 CCX R3 Woodla CS SanMar OH Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2016-12-02 CCX R2 Prospe JS Hendri PW Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2016-12-02 RR R2 Hendrickson WP Westwood NG Aff