Adam Tomasi Paradigm

Last changed 17 May 2021 7:40 PM EST

I debated at Wake Forest all four years of undergrad, and I am now a PhD student in world history at Northeastern University. I ran traditional Policy arguments almost exclusively, but I always enjoyed reading critical theory for my own knowledge and its academic applications (especially with the things I study now, and what I did with history and communication in undergrad). The more arcane aspects of debate don't matter so much to me now (so I don't really have an opinion, for example, on whether perms have to be topical or PICs are bad), but I believe that debate is a competitive research game.

Note about LD theory/T: Read theory or T if it's making a reasonable point about a squirrely aff or a patently unfair practice. In that sense I default to reasonability, not in terms of intervention but rather my gut feeling that you have to meet a high bar for proving your opponent rigged the game. It's absurd to me that people rush to theory instead of doing topic research. I don't think any frameworks are unfair, I don't think the lack of an ‘explicit weighing mechanism’ is unfair, and I don't care if the aff's theory spikes didn't ‘take a stance on drop the debater or drop the argument’.

I will try to evaluate the flow as technically as I can. I care more about the debating that took place than what I think about the ultimate truth of your arguments or relative quality of your cards. I do think you should try to match your opponents cards with better cards, but you first have to convince me that your opponents have dropped crucial warrants and explain why those matter. For example, maybe none of the aff's advantages about space-based solar power come to grips with this one implementation problem; you have cards that speak to that issue, they do not. I'd rather you explain to me these comparative points than present dueling taglines and leave it up for me to wade through.

I am absolutely okay with non-traditional debate styles, but I believe that you should adopt a concrete political project, or explain why you shouldn't have one. This doesn't have to be state-based but I think you need to describe how your advocacy would, if adopted more widely, change things that happen outside of debate. Whether or not fiat is real, I still think you either need to make a normative claim about how other people--not just debaters--should act, or you have to be radically anti-normative (no demands, no future, no change is possible). I personally think it's vapid to just have debates about debate, and given the real-world impacts that people face I think that you either need to expand your vision to the world or explain why the world is irredeemable. In other words, I think that good Left thinking is optimistic unless you systematically justify your pessimism.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Texas Novice State Championship HS 2021-04-30 NLD Quarte Westwood Varshini Loganathan Round Rock Alizeh Manzar Aff Aff 3-0
Texas Novice State Championship HS 2021-04-30 NLD R5 Mount Vernon Taite Kirkpatrick Westwood David Li Neg
Texas Novice State Championship HS 2021-04-30 NLD R4 Round Rock Zachary Bolash McNeil Rohan Sthanu Aff
Texas Novice State Championship HS 2021-04-30 NLD R2 McKinney Ariana Moin Round Rock Alizeh Manzar Neg
Texas Novice State Championship HS 2021-04-30 VLD R1 New Jersey Independent Batra McNeil Gulati Neg
Texas Novice State Championship HS 2021-04-30 NLD R1 McNeil Sai indurti Westwood Esha Venkat Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R10 X249 X121 Neg Neg 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R9 X202 X286 Aff Aff 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R8 X191 X193 Aff Aff 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R7 X128 X158 Aff Neg 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R6 X284 X232 Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R5 X246 X168 Neg Neg 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R3 X214 X219 Neg Neg 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R2 X278 X241 Aff Aff 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R1 X203 X108 Neg Neg 2-0
Tournament of Champions HS 2020-04-17 CX R4 Whitney Young HO University Irvine LL Aff
Tournament of Champions HS 2020-04-17 CX R1 Interlake NP Taipei American PW Neg
46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament MS 2020-02-13 JVCX Dbls Gulliver Prep PR SA Midtown West OS Neg Aff 2-1
46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2020-02-13 VCX R7 Thomas Jefferson HSST HT McDowell ZP Aff
46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2020-02-13 VCX R6 Henry W Grady NW Liberal Arts and Science BC Aff
46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2020-02-13 VCX R5 James Logan SL Mamaroneck MR Neg
46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2020-02-13 VCX R4 McDonogh TJ Phoenix Military TD Aff
46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2020-02-13 VCX R2 Edgemont SK Liberal Arts and Science MR Aff
46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2020-02-13 VCX R1 McDonogh MW Stuyvesant CN Neg
Harvard College Tournament C 2019-11-02 Open R8 Emory GS UC Berkeley FG Neg
Harvard College Tournament C 2019-11-02 Open R6 Indiana GH Neg
Harvard College Tournament C 2019-11-02 Open R5 UC Berkeley EE Iowa BR Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-06-17 CX R9 X226 X266 Aff Aff 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-06-17 CX R8 X140 X227 Aff Aff 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-06-17 CX R6 X259 X128 Neg Neg 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-06-17 CX R5 X264 X254 Aff Aff 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-06-17 CX R4 X222 X130 Neg Neg 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-06-17 CX R3 X174 X117 Neg Neg 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-06-17 CX R2 X132 X126 Neg
Tournament of Champions HS 2018-04-28 LD Dbls Newark Science OS Lake Highland Prep MK Aff Neg 2-1
Tournament of Champions HS 2018-04-28 LD R5 Harvard-Westlake SM American Heritage HS - Delray Beach AD Neg
Tournament of Champions HS 2018-04-28 LD R3 Brentwood WJ Texas MX Aff
Tournament of Champions HS 2018-04-28 LD R3 Strake Jesuit College Prep MC Success Academy Manhattan TR Neg
Tournament of Champions HS 2018-04-28 LD R1 Harvard-Westlake SP Cambridge Rindge and Latin MB Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2017-12-15 LD Quarte University RH West Des Moines Valley LB Neg Neg 2-1
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2017-12-15 LD Octas University RH Stuyvesant PY Aff Aff 3-0
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2017-12-15 LD Double Evanston Twp ES Strake Jesuit DT Aff Aff 2-1
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2017-12-15 LD Triple Edina JR Strake Jesuit VL Neg Neg 3-0
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2017-12-15 LD R6 Sioux Falls Lincoln RO Hopkins EM Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2017-12-15 LD R4 Walton JA Strake Jesuit College Prep WH Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2017-12-15 LD R4 Appleton East MM Lakeville North NGa Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2017-12-15 LD R3 Strake Jesuit VL Poly Prep Country Day DB Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2017-12-15 LD R2 Edina SC Walt Whitman DH Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2017-12-15 LD R2 Millard North TQ Newark Science BA Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2017-12-15 LD R1 Strake Jesuit College Prep CL SF Roosevelt AP Neg
Wake Forest Fall Classic HS 2017-10-21 Var Octos Alpharetta HS BM Gulliver Prep GP Neg Neg 3-0
Wake Forest Fall Classic HS 2017-10-21 Var Double Alpharetta HS BM Henry W. Grady NW Aff Aff 3-0
Wake Forest Fall Classic HS 2017-10-21 Var R6 New Trier AK North Broward Prep MR Neg
Wake Forest Fall Classic HS 2017-10-21 Var R4 WB Ray SS Caddo Magnet LM Aff
Wake Forest Fall Classic HS 2017-10-21 Var R1 Gulliver Prep GP Alpharetta HS BM Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2017-09-08 VPD JVFina Montgomery Bell PS USN MM Neg Neg 3-0
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2017-09-08 VPD Double Whitney Young GP Cabot BS Neg Neg 2-1
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2017-09-08 VPD R6 North Broward Prep MR Edgemont SM Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2017-09-08 VPD R5 Pittsburgh Central Catholic SB Thomas Jefferson HSST KV Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2017-09-08 VPD R4 Thomas Jefferson HSST JM Westminster MG Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2017-09-08 VPD R3 Alpharetta HS BM Montgomery Bell KK Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2017-09-08 VPD R2 Westminster SB Whitney Young JT Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2017-09-08 VPD R1 Cabot RM Brophy CP GS Neg
Tournament of Champions HS 2017-04-29 LD R5 Harrison MZ Pembroke Pines Charter SS Aff
Tournament of Champions HS 2017-04-29 LD R4 Christopher Columbus JN Harvard-Westlake EE Neg
Tournament of Champions HS 2017-04-29 LD R3 Lake Highland Prep SG Harvard-Westlake JN Aff
Tournament of Champions HS 2017-04-29 LD R2 Harvard-Westlake CE Mission San Jose LS Neg
Tournament of Champions HS 2017-04-29 LD R1 Strake Jesuit College Prep CL Harvard-Westlake SP Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2017-01-27 LD RKR Christopher Columbus JN Harvard-Westlake CE Neg Neg 3-0
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2017-01-27 LD RKR Lake Highland Prep AA Harvard-Westlake IP Neg Neg 2-1
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2017-01-27 LD WAU Apple Valley JB Lake Highland Prep AA Neg Neg 2-1
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2017-01-27 LD R6 Albuquerque HB Laurel Christian SH Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2017-01-27 LD R4 Lake Highland Prep AA Newark Science BA Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2017-01-27 LD R4 Ardrey Kell DG Morrison KC Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2017-01-27 LD R3 Success Academy SC Ardrey Kell JS Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2017-01-27 LD R2 King AK Lassiter GL Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2017-01-27 LD R2 Oakwood AW Kamiak NB Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2017-01-27 LD R1 Northview VR Byram Hills AG Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2017-01-27 LD R1 Harvard-Westlake EE William G. Enloe TG Aff
Lexington Winter Invitational HS 2017-01-14 VLD Double American Heritage School - Plantation DM Cambridge Rindge and Latin AG Aff Aff 2-1
Lexington Winter Invitational HS 2017-01-14 VLD R5 Manchester Essex Regional MI Newark Science OF Neg
Lexington Winter Invitational HS 2017-01-14 VLD R5 Success Academy AB Walt Whitman XR Neg
Lexington Winter Invitational HS 2017-01-14 VLD R4 Success Academy SC Lake Highland Prep MC Aff
Lexington Winter Invitational HS 2017-01-14 VLD R4 American Heritage School - Plantation DM McDowell ZL Aff
Lexington Winter Invitational HS 2017-01-14 VLD R3 Phillips Academy Andover TC Newark Science OA Neg
Lexington Winter Invitational HS 2017-01-14 VLD R2 Ridge JT Niskayuna MZ Aff
Lexington Winter Invitational HS 2017-01-14 VLD R2 Pine Crest Preparatory ZV Needham EL Aff
DDI HS 2016-08-02 cx R8 CT Zamalloa-Chion & Watson HS Berger & Salunga Aff
DDI 2016-08-02 cx R7 MS Lee & Meyer AM Rubenstein & Christianson Neg
DDI 2016-08-02 cx R6 AM Sung & Tai MS Fabrizio & Wargo Aff
DDI HS 2016-08-02 cx R5 KQ Nagarjuna & Wu HS Wynne & Amhaz Aff
DDI HS 2016-08-02 cx R4 MS Gaylord & Srivastava CT Huang & Chen Aff
DDI 2016-08-02 cx R3 HS Tan & Boscan AM Forsyth & Cronk Aff
DDI HS 2016-08-02 cx R2 KQ Kaul & Choi AM Clausen & Papadopoulos Neg
DDI HS 2016-08-02 cx R1 HS Jackson & Rose CT Till & Malyugina Neg
Tournament of Champions HS 2016-04-30 LD Qtr Harvard-Westlake NS Mission San Jose LS Aff Aff 3-0
Tournament of Champions HS 2016-04-30 LD R6 Cambridge Rindge and Latin OS American Heritage Plantation DM Aff
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship HS 2016-04-09 LD R6 Harker RX Harvard-Westlake CC Neg
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship HS 2016-04-09 LD R5 Dougherty Valley CS Lake Highland Prep JN Aff
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship HS 2016-04-09 LD R5 Lake Highland Prep RS Dougherty Valley SZ Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 LD PB Harvard-Westlake CC Newark Science AK Neg Neg 2-1
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 LD RKR Greenhill GB American Heritage Plantation DM Neg Aff 2-1
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 LD RKR Loyola JO Lake Highland MC Aff Aff 2-1
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 LD WAU Peninsula JL Law Magnet DD Aff Aff 2-1
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 LD WAU Lake Highland MC Holy Cross RS Aff Aff 2-1
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 LD R6 New Trier LK Loyola BS Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 LD R5 Houston Memorial PK La Reina EP Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 LD R4 Newark Science AK Peninsula JL Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 LD R4 Park Crossing CP Millburn WH Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 LD R3 Peninsula KK Cambridge Rindge and Latin OS Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 LD R3 Delbarton EC Kinkaid JY Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 LD R2 Palo Alto (Independent) AM Henry W. Grady WT Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 LD R2 James Logan MO Lynbrook NS Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 LD R1 Upper Arlington HW American Heritage Plantation CB Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 LD R1 DuPont Manual XH Holy Cross RS Neg
The Glenbrooks HS 2015-11-21 LD Double Newark Science AK New Trier LK Aff Aff 3-0
The Glenbrooks HS 2015-11-21 LD R5 Loyola AP Cypress Bay JI Aff
The Glenbrooks HS 2015-11-21 LD R5 Anderson IS New Trier CM Aff
The Glenbrooks HS 2015-11-21 LD R1 Apple Valley PH Marlborough AG Aff
The Glenbrooks HS 2015-11-21 LD R1 duPont Manual VL Harvard-Westlake EE Neg