Arjun Patel Paradigm

Last changed 10/31 7:17P CDT

Arjun Patel, Maine East Debate 2012-2016, TOC Octafinalist 2016, UChicago Class of 2020.

Email: arjunparth98@gmail.com for documents, arjunpatel@uchicago.edu for comments, questions, and all other forms of contact.

General Background:

Debated for Maine East High School (coached by Wayne Tang, Keith Barnstein, Ann Peter). Most of my ideations about debate have been shaped by who I've debated with (Ashton Smith) and who've I been coached by. I will approach arguments in a very "policy" mindset, so keep that in mind throughout this paradigm. It will be harder to win non-intuitive arguments (death good, etc) in front of me, but tech rules truth. Note specific to 2019-2020: I don't know much about topic acronyms. Please clarify those as necessary in speech (and please especially in T debates).Generally, if you are confused by anything here, check Ashton Smith's paradigm or Wayne Tang's to gain an insight into my debate atmosphere.

Affirmative General Comments:

Ran policy affs through most of my career, ran a soft left aff at the TOC and the good part of my senior year (genetic discrimination/racism impacts), check the wiki for 2015-2016. Generally, the smarter and more nuanced the aff, the more I'll enjoy it. Do not assume I am readily knowledgeable about aff mechanics on the 2019-2020 topic, so please accommodate AKA explain acronyms you use!!!!!

Disadvantages

Disads are awesome, as long as you make sure you are making inroads to the case and are mitigating aff arguments. The more specific the arg, the more diverse the link debate, and the stronger the internal link to the impact, and everything will go fine.
Politics: I am very receptive to affirmative arguments on politics, especially link defense and uniqueness thumpers. It's a good disad only in the hands of the technical. Make sure you spell out the uniqueness debate.

Enough chips away at the disad, and it's entirely possible for the aff team to reduce risk of the DA to zero. Be careful. This also means that 1% risk framing isn't super convincing to me on face, and you need to do work to establish this.

Answer warrants in impact defense.

I am receptive to ethical objections to the DA, if they are relevant (eg last year, terror DA is racist, etc), as long as they are supported and impacted.

Counterplans.

Good, nuanced ones are going to convince me very well. Make the net benefit clear, and dispatch of theoretical concerns, make the aff team's life hell. Aff: theory arguments and smart perms are incredibly persuasive, as well as smart solvency deficits. No solvency advocate is ALWAYS a bad time.


Topicality

I'm not the best judge for this argument, as I am weak technically on interpreting T debates. Unless you have made it incredibly devastating for the affirmative, it will be tough for me to decide the debate on T, and I will lean affirmative. It's best to go for other arguments.

If you do decide to do this, make the impacts clear. Assume I have no idea about the (immigration) acronyms you will inevitably use on the T debate. Explain as much as possible.

Framework

I didn't go for framework much, but I am pretty receptive to the argument given clear clash and engagement with the affirmative arguments. Please impact why your framework is better, and why your interpretation solves offense from the aff side. Please engage with the case. Topical version of the affirmative is a strong defensive argument, which if dropped or substantially won, becomes a huge reason to vote for the team that proposed it.

Planless Affs/Performance.

In general, not really receptive to these arguments, but I will not refuse to listen to them and I will judge them to the best of my ability. I consider Plan Text solves the case and C/I solves the aff args the most damaging against these affirmatives, as well as ballot k type arguments made pertinent to the affirmative, so prepare accordingly. I'm going to post something that my former debate partner put quite well here (Ashton Smith).

"Note: Coming from a school without tons of resources and recognizing the experiences of other relatively resource deprived school trying to compete against very well resourced debate schools, I am not unsympathetic to arguments based on inequities in policy debates."

Lastly, if you debate your affirmative well, and dispatch with neg offense, you will win my ballot. If you use overly technical philosophical/(insert theory here) language, and not explain what is going on, chances are I will get lost and I'll vote for the other team. I'm not an expert in what you're running, please understand that.

Kritiks:

I had an odd relationship with kritiks in my debate career. I have ran k arguments, ranging from security to Virillio to antiblackness a few times, however with any k debate I probably don't know what you are talking about. I will approach a kritik debate, in the absence of clear explanation from the negative, very much like a counterplan with a non-unique net benefit. Make it clear what your k is, why the affirmative UNIQUELY links, and what the impact is. Don't forget to include why your alternative solves risk of aff offense. BS K tricks are just that, BS k tricks...you can do better, and I'm not likely to vote on them. Probably weigh the aff.

MISC

The best debate possible is one with heavy discussion of case (such as case/author indicts, turns, arguments cut from the opposing sides evidence, impact turns, mechanism cps/mechanism das, and analytics). If you can dismantle an affirmative with more analytics than cards in the 1nc, I'll be impressed.

Cross ex is a speech. I take notes on cross ex (meaning I write down what you state, in order to use this as clarifying or framing information for arguments you make make later) so make the most use of it. Get concessions, framing, clarification, or run traps. Point out flaws. Bonus if you can make their arguments look ridiculous, while still being classy.

Protip: I have a horrible poker face, so if I look distracted, or confused in the round, chances are that I am. Same for if I don't look those ways.

I'm a sucker for impact turns, so I appreciate a good impact turn adv cp strategy. (Consequently however, I will pay especially close attention to this debate. It isn't a get out of jail free card).

If you can trap the affirmative (or the negative) in making an argument detrimental to themselves (especially in CX), or if you concede arguments strategically to put yourself in a better position, speaker points will go up. Some of the best debate rounds happen when unseen connections are made between arguments, and used efficiently.

The more you engage the case, the more I will enjoy the debate and the better it will turn out for you.

Dropping Theory is almost always a game over, but this is diminished by how ridiculous the theory argument is. Condo is persuasive, so is any kind of theoretical objections to abusive counterplans (conditions, multi-actor fiat, no solvency advocate, pics bad etc). Just be sure you impact your argument when it's dropped, and it's good.

Don't do anything unethical (racist, sexist etc). I will not hesitate to drop you.

Good luck.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/30/2019 VCX R7 Glenbrook South KD New Trier DT Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/30/2019 VCX R6 Glenbrook South KL Glenbrook North GK Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/30/2019 VCX R5 Glenbrook North JR New Trier RW Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/30/2019 VCX R4 Von Steuben BG Lexington FR Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/30/2019 VCX R3 Padre Pio KF Glenbrook North GP Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/30/2019 VCX R2 New Trier LS Homestead MW Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/30/2019 VCX R1 Lexington JP New Trier DX Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 NCX Octos Oak Park and River Forest MR Little Rock Central CR Neg Neg on a 3-0
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R7 Iowa City CW Westminster YS Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R6 Montgomery Bell KK Glenbrook South MJ Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R5 Solorio MG Glenbrook North DF Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R4 Whitney Young OM Glenbrook South RS Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R3 New Trier RT Pine Crest Prep RR Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R2 Pine Crest Prep CD Westminster AM Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R1 Westminster BR Solorio UG Aff
Niles Township Invitational 9/7/2018 POL Octas Glenbrook South BF Marquette Univ TM Neg Neg on a 3-0
Niles Township Invitational 9/7/2018 POL Dbls Walter Payton CP AL Dowling Catholic PW Aff Aff on a 2-1
Niles Township Invitational 9/7/2018 POL Rd 6 Walter Payton CP AL Northside College Prep CK Aff
Niles Township Invitational 9/7/2018 POL Rd 4 Glenbrook North FL Solorio RG Neg
Niles Township Invitational 9/7/2018 POL Rd 3 Northside College Prep TH Glenbrook North CK Aff
Niles Township Invitational 9/7/2018 POL Rd 2 Jones CP DE Glenbrook North BC Neg
Niles Township Invitational 9/7/2018 POL Rd 1 Thomas Kelly CR Glenbrook North BS Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 NCX Quarte New Trier MS H.H. Dow HP Aff Aff on a 3-0
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 VCX Double Northside CP KS Niles West BF Neg Neg on a 3-0
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 VCX R7 New Trier BK Cathedral Prep AJ Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 VCX R6 Niles West LW Glenbrook South BF Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 VCX R5 St. Ignatius CP MP New Trier GL Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 VCX R4 Berkeley Prep MW Montgomery Bell RH Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 VCX R3 New Trier BB H.H. Dow WW Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 VCX R2 Niles North WI H.H. Dow SM Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 VCX R1 Glenbrook North DJ Solorio CC Neg
Niles Township Invitational 9/8/2017 POL Finals Glenbrook North KR New Trier EK Aff Aff on a 3-0
Niles Township Invitational 9/8/2017 POL Octas Glenbrook North BF New Trier EK Aff Neg on a 2-1
Niles Township Invitational 9/8/2017 POL Dbls New Trier AK Glenbrook North BF Neg Neg on a 2-1
Niles Township Invitational 9/8/2017 POL Rd 6 Glenbrook South HK Solorio UM Aff
Niles Township Invitational 9/8/2017 POL Rd 5 Solorio CC Glenbrook North JK Neg
Niles Township Invitational 9/8/2017 POL Rd 4 Solorio TD Glenbrook North RC Aff
Niles Township Invitational 9/8/2017 POL Rd 3 Glenbrook North JO Whitney Young XW Neg
Niles Township Invitational 9/8/2017 POL Rd 2 New Trier BK Solorio GU Neg
Niles Township Invitational 9/8/2017 POL Rd 1 Glenbrook North DJ Walter Payton CP BZ Aff
Maine East Regatta 2/10/2017 VCX Quarte Niles North ID Glenbrook North BL Neg Aff on a 2-1
Maine East Regatta 2/10/2017 VCX RND 5 Niles West SS Niles North GM Aff
Maine East Regatta 2/10/2017 VCX RND 4 Glenbrook North BD Glenbrook South SF Aff
Maine East Regatta 2/10/2017 VCX RND 3 Glenbrook North BL Northside Prep HM Neg
Maine East Regatta 2/10/2017 VCX RND 2 Jones Prep JR Northside Prep MS Neg
Maine East Regatta 2/10/2017 VCX RND 1 Niles West SK Glenbrook North RW Neg
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 NCXRR R7 West Des Moines Valley CM Barstow MY Neg
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 NCXRR R6 Niles North DS Wayzata KR Neg Neg on a 2-0
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 NCXRR R5 Dowling Catholic CS Homewood-Flossmoor KB Aff Aff on a 2-0
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 NCXRR R4 Barstow LE Blue Valley Southwest SH Aff
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 NCXRR R3 Okemos SZ Harker GL Aff Aff on a 2-0
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 NCXRR R2 Marquette Univ MM Niles North KS Neg Neg on a 2-0
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 NCXRR R1 New Trier AB Niles West RW Aff Aff on a 2-0
Maine East Regatta 2/5/2016 NOV Semis Glenbrook North CN Northside CP LR Neg Neg on a 2-1
Maine East Regatta 2/5/2016 NOV rd 4 Glenbrook North NB New Trier BE Neg
Maine East Regatta 2/5/2016 NOV rd 3 Glenbrook South SM Glenbrook North JL Aff
Maine East Regatta 2/5/2016 NOV rd 2 Glenbrook South SA New Trier WH Aff
Maine East Regatta 2/5/2016 NOV rd 1 Thomas Kelly CG Solorio Academy CC Neg
Maine East Regatta 2/6/2015 NOV rd 4 Niles North GS Niles West SP Neg
Maine East Regatta 2/6/2015 NOV rd 3 Glenbrook North LL Niles West RY Aff
Maine East Regatta 2/6/2015 NOV rd 1 Glenbrook North FJ Glenbrook South PY Aff
Evanston Township HS Dead Presidents Invitational 1/30/2015 NCX Rd2 Glenbrook North LJ Whitney M. Young Magn CC Aff