Aidan Kane ParadigmLast changed 2/13 1:54P CDT
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Northside CP Class of 2018
University of Michigan Class of 2022 (Currently Debating On and Off)
Second year university student studying philosophy and environmental sustainability.
If you care, I received multiple TOC bids throughout my career, and qualified my senior year.
No major dispositions to any style of debate, though I typically find myself in the back of mostly clash of civs and K v K debates. That being said, I have judged over 40 rounds on the topic, and am confident in my ability to judge policy rounds as well. Contrary to belief, I did do some policy stuff in my high school days (I have read a soft left corporal punishment aff and a school searches aff senior year, big stick biotech aff junior year).
I'm comfortable with nearly all kritiks, so go wild. My personal strength in debate has been primarily queer and gender theory (I've run Preciado, Halberstam, Spade, Stanley, Irigaray, Puar, and Marquis Bey) and then also high theory (I've run Foucault, Deleuze, Kroker, science fiction, generic Ks like Cap and Security, and sadly Baudrillard).
My voting record has been relatively 50-50 in clash debates.
This is now my second year of judging high school debate, and I've noticed overtime I have become stricter towards 2ARs, so what I'm trying to say is I'm not afraid to protect the 2NR in a lot of instances, and its been happening quite a bit recently. I need to be able to draw a claim and a warrant between the 1AR and the 2AR (and obv the block and 2NR but thats been less of an issue).
Clash of Civs
Aff (Policy) vs Neg (Kritikal)
Comfortable with mostly every K, identity or pomo are both fine in front of me.
I am a K debater myself, and typically go 1 off K at every tournament I compete at in college. This being said, this probably means I have a slightly higher expectation for K teams' explanation of their stuff.
If you are aff
[Big Stick Affs] I've seen a lot of debates this year of these types of affs just kicking the round against the K. It makes me sad. In these rounds I judge, the 1AC rattles off a shit ton of democracy/hegemony/war impacts and then after the K is read they, rather than defending utilitarian ethics, realism, etc, choose to move the debate farther left, and as such they move the ball in the neg's court, by going for a perm or boring "reform possible" evidence that doesnt help the aff whatsoever. When this is done, I tend to find myself voting neg. If you're reading a big stick aff against a K, defend utilitarianism, realism, IR, extinction, security reps, and make a large case outweighs push and youre in a very good position in front of me.
[Soft Left Affs] These types of affs can be very good against K teams but I do think soft left affs need better defense than "just because we use the state doesnt mean we are the state". You are defending the state tho. Own it. I think the real strategy against Ks is severe mitigation of the alt, a robust permutation coupled with extremely well-developed, ideally carded, link turns.
Generally other thoughts for the aff: The bulk of the 2AC should not be bad outdated pragmatism good cards. I also think if you intend to be going for framework in the 2AR, your interpretation needs to be more than one sentence in the 2AC.
If you are neg
Like I said, I am comfortable with whatever you read. However, this is not an excuse for you not to define buzzwords, explain jargon, etc. Debate is still an educational activity, and if your intention is to just confuse your opponents with philosophy then I won't be happy.
Ks need an external impact that outweighs the aff, or must win a massive turns case scenario. The only case this is not true is if the neg massively wins framework (ie, dont weigh the aff), but that hasnt occurred in front of me very often. I obviously think the best way to win offense against the aff is to pull lines from 1AC evidence. However, I have been saddened not to see this very much in high school debate, so if I see it not only am I likely to give greater weight to the argument, but will also probably boost your speaks.
I would say the biggest weak-point I've observed in rounds where I vote against these teams are when there is extremely little impact calculus. I'm sort of just left weighing ressentiment or gratuitous violence against the aff impacts. If theres substantial time dedicated to impact framing in the 2NR the neg will be way ahead.
I default to expecting K teams to do line by line, etc. That being said, I'm all good for non-traditional strategies however there needs to be a defense of why I should be viewing/evaluating the debate differently than I otherwise would.
I've gone back and forth on how necessary the framework debate is. I used to think it was largely useless, until Kevin Hirn sort of convinced me the other way. I've sort of just concluded that I don't really care either way.
Long overviews are fine in front of me, but are also probably unnecessary.
Aff (Kritikal) vs Neg (Policy)
Like I mentioned above, my voting record in these debates are currently around 50-50. I am very familiar with these rounds. I never went for framework on the neg, but I defend my aff against it at nearly every tournament I have been to in my most recent 4 seasons.
I'm fine with either a counter-interp/competing models of debate strategy or an impact turn strategy from the aff. I am also really fine with any style or impacts on framework, though I do have some preferences (that I note in a bit).
Aff teams please...
I strongly prefer if the aff has some type of method/defends something. I really dislike it when affs so blatantly change what the aff is throughout the course of the debate. Pick something to defend as early as the 1AC and go with it. Affs that have zero advocacy and are just A2: Framework cards will probably make me more incentivized to vote on framework.
Have a clear and organized framework block that are not just clumps of analytics. Maybe some cards too would be nice. Numbered blocks will get a boost in points. If the block is not organized, don't blame me for not picking up random disad number 7 on the flow.
Counterdefining words is probably useful, but not always necessary in my view, especially if the A-strat is an impact turn strategy to the framework standards. If you want me to be far more convinced by a counterinterp strat though, then defining words will help a lot.
In the same vein, dont intentionally attempt to confuse your opponents - debate is an educational activity, so if your reason for not defending a plan is so you can imbue debate with education/perspectives that otherwise could not be presented topically, then you should also be able to clearly communicate what that education/perspective is in a clear and concise manner.
Just to reiterate -- Go for *either* a counterinterp strategy or an impact turn framework strategy. Both can and should be in the 2AC block, but you should be focusing on ONE of these options in the 2AR-- not going for both at once.
Do I vote neg on framework?...
Yes. Like I said, the voting record is pretty even.
I will vote on any type of standard if you win it on a technical level. Fairness could maybe be an impact, but I need a warrant for why it matters unpacked in the block. Theres a lot of debaters I've judged who just say the word fairness and presume its this instantly miraculous impact that automatically comes before all else without any additional explanation. As such, I've observed teams who go for this strategy answer the line-by-line with "but debate is a game so fairness" with no further explanation of what that means or why it implicates the aff's offense. If a framework team can explain to me why debate being a game means procedural fairness comes first, and strongly impacts fairness out, I will certainly vote on it as an impact in itself. However, I think it is far more convincing and worth of the neg's time to attach an impact such as skills, education, agonism, etc as the impact attached to why fairness matters.
You should probably make either a good TVA (with a card ideally) or spend substantial time on a SSD claim. From experience, block strategies typically do a good job of reading and explaining a TVA, but don't spend nearly as much time on SSD arguments, which I think is a shame. "btw the aff could have been read on the neg" is not enough of an explanation in the block for me to consider it a full argument in the 2NR. The block should explain switch side in a way that says the aff could have been read on that neg, and explain why that still solves the aff's offense or solves some external impact of yours.
I think it is strategic to read multiple off against K teams in the 1NC. Either they no link out of it and it makes framework a lot more convincing OR they completely blow it off and you can go for something they have no ink on!
Kritikal vs Kritikal
These debates are awesome and are super useful to have in the community. *Anything goes here!* These were some of my favorite debates to have in high school and they are certainly my favorite to watch.
I think debate is a constantly transforming activity that should be experimented on in new and innovative ways. I'm totally down to throw out all norms and having the debate round how you all want to have the debate round, just tell me what the best way to adjudicate it is.
Regardless of whether this is still a tech above all else debate or something different, I need both sides to frame the round. What do I evaluate first? How do I weigh impacts? What should my decision center around? The debates are messy and muddled if done wrong - if one team remedies this for me and another team does not, the former team probably wins 99% of the time.
Do whatever style you want. Any well researched strategy that is well thought out as well as personal narratives and forms of self-expression, including poetry, music, etc have worked well in front of me.
I'm personally apathetic to the question of whether the aff gets a perm in these debates. This will just come down to the flow.
Alts are very big in these debates, the more explanation the better.
Not afraid to pull the trigger on floating PIKs in these rounds.
Policy vs Policy
I feel pretty confident in the back of these debates. For me, a lot of these debates come down to nuanced explanation in which I can draw a line through my flow for not only arguments, but warrants. This seems like a very obvious rule in debate, but more often than not, I have either found myself evaluating debates where there are a ton of arguments "dropped" but those arguments aren't warranted by the team who made them OR having a slight neg bias because of how blatantly new a lot of 2AR explanation is.
Essentially, I hold policy debates to the same level of nuanced explanation as I would a K debate. Take that as you will.
I've also noticed that both sides in these debates try to go for a ton of arguments at once in the final rebuttals, even top level TOC teams, and as such, there are many claims without warrants on my flow. Narrow the debate down to one or two DA links, blow up on one big solvency deficit, etc.
Additionally, If you don't read a rehighlighted card in your speech, I won't consider it.
Heavy evidence comparison on the definitions is good in front of me.
I default to competing interps, unless I am told otherwise.
Slow down in the last two rebuttals.
I don't know random names of policy affs on this topic, so explain to me what debate looks like under your model instead of just labeling a bunch of affs I'm not familiar with
I only judge kick IF the neg team says I can/should. I won't do that work for you unless you say I should.
I'll just be real, I'm probably terrible for over-the-top long process multiplank CPs, I need to know how your CP works and how it competes before I vote on it, even if the other team doesnt press on those questions.
Aff teams shouldn't be afraid to go for counterplan theory, I'm very willing to vote on it, especially in the instance of process CPs.
Dumb DAs with long contrived internal link chains can definitely be beaten in cross-exs calling out their ridiculousness if done right.
Maybe I'm in the minority, but if your uniqueness evidence is "heres a chart", I will be very upset. You should read cards.
Please. Do. Impact Calc.
These are hella fun. Go crazy. Spark, Warming Good, or Wipeout for all I care. Anything cool will get the neg a huge boost in points if they go for it in the 2NR.
I think I'm more likely to pull the trigger on theory than most judges. Whether it be condo, counterplan theory, or any spec arguments, I'm all for it.
These are mostly in the context of around an octas level bid tournament. Speaks will be adjusted for smaller bid tournaments.
30-29.9 - probably within the top 5 speakers at the tournament
29.6-29.8 - probably within the top 20 speakers at the tournament
29.1-29.5 - will probably clear
28.6-29 - might barely miss clearing, but you still did something I liked
anything below 28.5 varies
Any racism/sexism/anti-queerness will make me give you the lowest points I can.
Want a 30?
So many debates I've judged are wayyy too serious and tense. I want some comedy! Its been almost two years and I've asked for a joke about the people listed below and haven't even gotten an attempt. If you can make one that makes me audibly laugh I'll genuinely consider the 30. No risk. Let's hear it.
Wayne Tang, James Mollison, Aaron Davis, Pauline Esman, Adam Hausman, Robb Berry, Kylie Vera, and Luther Snagel have all mentored me and shaped how I think about debate.
Other people you can joke about include: Magi Ortiz, Talia Blatt, Kathy Martinez, KJ Reese, Hannah Wolfson, Joshua Harrington, Ben McGraw, Maria Sanchez, and Lukas Taylor.
But thats not fair! I don't know any of these people!
Fineeeee. Maybe not a 30 but definitely a point boost for any Drag Race, Parks and Rec, Big Mouth, or Pokemon (dont judge me>:[ ) references.