Kalen McCain

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Paradigm Statement
Last changed 30 October 2021 1:48 PM CDT

Kalen.pop@gmail.com

Put me on that email chain. Policy Debate Coach at Iowa City West since '18, Head Debate Coach at Liberty High since '20. I'm a senior Political Science/Journalism double major and "member of" the policy debate team at the University of Iowa. Before college, I debated policy at ICW for all 4 years of high school. Scroll to the bottom if you're a PF or LD debater

TLDR: I'll vote on anything you can make me understand. Tech and truth are both important, tech over truth unless instructed to do otherwise or if the tech is indisputably false. I often enjoy judging K affs but have been told I'm a bad judge for them. I'm intimately familiar with cap and politics, but I'll vote on anything I can understand.

Detailed Paradigm:

The type of debater I am: When I debated, I typically went for policy arguments and policy-ish Ks. (Cap, Agamben, some very shallow Foucault, etc.) As a judge, I'll vote on any argument I can understand. I often find framework against negative Ks uncompelling unless the neg drops it or you have some reason that the specific Kritik in question that round is bad for debate.

Spreading: is fine. But don't spread analytics, please, for the love of god.

Tag team CX: it's allowed but I lower your maximum speaker points to 29.9. Also, if you do it when you don't need to or if you do it very excessively (i.e., the 2A talking for over half of 1AC cx) I'll drop it further.

DAs: see paragraph 1 of the detailed paradigm. DA+Case in the 2NR is the most satisfying thing in the world, done correctly.

CPs: Yeah ofc you can and should read CPs, it's not the 60s. Perms are good, btw: only way to test negation theory. Don't say perms are severance unless you can explicitly outline for me which perm severed and how.

CP theory: I'll admit that I'm personally biased in favor of condo good bc I was, in my prime, a condo hack. If you want to win condo bad, be very clean and very thorough about it. I only vote on no neg-fiat when it's cold conceded, but I do think debates about specific types of negative fiat are interesting. (i.e. 50 state fiat, consultation fiat, international fiat, etc.)

Kritiks: pretty rad, whether they're read as part of a 12-off 1NC or a 1-off, no case strat. I want to be clear, though: I REALLY NEED to understand what you're saying to vote for you with confidence. I try to understand things that I can, but I lack the exposure and/or general vocabulary to understand a lot of high theory keywords and phrases. Please don't hesitate to use Layman's terms when I look confused, and I assure you, I will eventually look confused.

I usually find aff framework against Ks kind of uncompelling. I think Ks are probably fine for education, and the link lit base probably means they're fair. I don't want to vote aff on "kritiks bad for debate," it makes me feel indescribably upset to do so. (I'm still down to vote aff on like, condo tho. See the CP theory section.)

K affs: I find K affs very interesting, but I AM AN EMPIRICALLY BAD JUDGE FOR THEM. I hold affs to an allegedly higher-than-average threshold of explanation for why being topical wasn't an option, and why reading an actively untopical aff is better. I will not assume these arguments for you, they need to be spelled out clearly. Your 1AC should probably mention the resolution subject at some point.

I also want to re-emphasize the thing I said about kritiks here: if I don't understand the K aff, it's a lottttt harder for me to vote for you. If I look confused, that's a big red flag, and means I need more explanation about what the things you're saying mean because I'm not big brain enough to understand your vocabulary. I try to approach every round as objectively and neutrally as possible, but I need to understand what both teams are saying in order to maintain that neutrality, and tapping into a niche high theory literature base will often make that much harder for you to do. Props to you if you can adapt to this, but please understand that I may not comprehend 100% of what you're saying.

Topicality: Yeah, it's good stuff. Use it to hold affs accountable for jumping to the whacky end of the topic, or just to fill time you wanted to use on your politics DA that no longer links. "Literature base checks" + "we're a core of the topic" is a pretty compelling aff combo to me, but only when both of those things are like, true.

Want better speaks? Don't be blippy on T. If you choose extend it, do it in such a way that I won't feel like trash for voting on it later.

Policy affs: just because you're topical doesn't mean you're ethically justified. You should be ready to defend your methods/ethics/whatever just as much as you expect untopical K affs to. AT THE SAME TIME, just because an aff is topical doesn't always mean it links to the K. Careful K teams: I do still expect you to win links to things.

Misc. notes:

- My friends know me as a Cap and Politics debater and they're not wrong. That doesn't mean I'll auto-vote on these arguments, but it does mean these are the flows on which you'll probably get the most in-depth feedback. (Again: don't assume I'll vote you up just for reading cap or politics.)

- I'm always impressed with good, clean line-by-line. I'll give you speaks for being clean on the flow.

- Spreading is an impressive skill and you should do it when you read cards. HOWEVER, if you spread analytics, I'M GONNA MISS SOME. 300 WPM on analytical arguments is really pushing it. I know that some judges can flow that fast, but I am not one of them: my handwriting sucks and is capped at like, normal tagline pace. (This DOES NOT MEAN go slow in general. It just means that you should acknowledge that the concept of going too fast can sometimes exist in the context of analytics.)

- Debate is a functionally a game (not necessarily in the context of framework, just like, in the abstract.) It's also a community, so you should be nice to eachother. I'll probably give you speaks for it, and I'll certainly take them away for being rude.

PF: PF is traditionally about being persuasive, whereas policy is about being right. If you can do both I'll be impressed and probably give you a 30. Otherwise, I feel like I have a more or less firm grasp on your activity.

LD: I have no idea how your activity works and at this point I'm too afraid to ask. Whoever successfully teaches me the activity will get an automatic 30. Please dumb your Ks down for me, I'm a policy hack. If you can't do that, you can always go for Cap.

Full Judging Record
Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Iowa Forensic League State Tournament HS 2022-03-03 LD R3 West Des Moines Valley RT West Des Moines Valley AT Neg
Iowa Forensic League State Tournament HS 2022-03-03 CX R1 Washington CG Dowling Catholic MS Aff
East Iowa District Tournament HS 2022-01-29 PF R3 148 159 PRO
East Iowa District Tournament HS 2022-01-29 PF R2 147 149 PRO
East Iowa District Tournament HS 2022-01-29 LD R1 137 117 Neg
Lexington Winter Invitational HS 2022-01-15 CX-V R3 Branson BW Glenbrook South AZ Neg
Lexington Winter Invitational HS 2022-01-15 CX-V R2 Glenbrook South KK Leon Goldstein CC Aff
Lexington Winter Invitational HS 2022-01-15 CX-V R1 Wylie E. Groves LG Calvert Hall BS Aff
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2021-10-29 VCX Quar Kickapoo MK North Broward Prep GN Aff Aff 3-0
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2021-10-29 VCX R6 Okemos HL Olathe East LL Aff
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2021-10-29 VCX R2 Barstow SP Univ Of Chicago Lab KT Neg
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2021-10-29 VCX R1 Blue Valley North PR Truman SW Neg
Iowa City West NoviceJV One Day HS 2021-10-16 NCX R3 BerPre JP Washto HJ Aff
Iowa City West NoviceJV One Day HS 2021-10-16 NCX R2 Greenh BC BerPre SJ Neg
Iowa Forensic League State Tournament HS 2021-03-04 CX r5 Dowling Catholic BS West Des Moines Valley DH Neg
Iowa Forensic League State Tournament HS 2021-03-04 CX r3 West Des Moines Valley ES Dowling Catholic CH Aff
Cross River Classic Invitational Formerly Kanellis HS 2021-02-19 NCX R5 Barstow AB Dowling Catholic SC Neg
Cross River Classic Invitational Formerly Kanellis HS 2021-02-19 NCX R3 Dowling Catholic HC Washington LM Aff
East Iowa District Tournament HS 2021-01-30 CX R4 127 129 Neg Neg 3-0
East Iowa District Tournament HS 2021-01-30 PF R2 152 143 Pro
East Iowa District Tournament HS 2021-01-30 PF R1 154 145 Con
The Paradigm Dowling Catholic HS 2020-12-11 NCX Octos Glenbrook North BC Glenbrook South KS Neg Neg 3-0
The Paradigm Dowling Catholic HS 2020-12-11 NCX R4 New Trier HH West HS SLC SZ Neg
The Paradigm Dowling Catholic HS 2020-12-11 NCX R2 Niles West MZ Univ Of Chicago Lab CD Neg
Bettendorf Bulldog Invitational HS 2020-11-13 NCX R3 Dowling Catholic BH Washington CH Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-05 CX-JV R7 H.H. Dow CT Newark Tech AW Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-05 CX-JV R6 Newark Tech IJ Pine Crest YG Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-05 CX-V R3 Coppell CK Glenbrook North CK Aff
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2020-10-30 JVCX S Lansing SS Blue Valley West XB Aff Aff 2-1
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2020-10-30 NCX R3 Univ Of Chicago Lab SK Barstow SS Aff
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2020-10-30 VCX R2 ADL BW Valley International Prep AU Neg
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2020-10-30 VCX R1 L C Anderson CR Copper Hills RL Aff
Iowa City West Novice One Day HS 2020-10-24 NCX R3 NewTri LM Lansin CC Neg
Iowa City West Novice One Day HS 2020-10-24 NCX R2 SMSOT PG BerPre SE Aff
Iowa City West Novice One Day HS 2020-10-24 NCX R1 Lansin RB NewTri DM Neg
Mid America Cup HS 2020-09-25 Pol Quarte Niles West De Vera & Shah Lexington Kapoor & Tipirneni Neg Neg 3-0
Mid America Cup HS 2020-09-25 Pol R6 Rowland Hall Agarwal & Summerfield Rosemount Rudd & Beyer Aff
Mid America Cup HS 2020-09-25 Pol R2 Lexington He & Venkatesh Edina Landon & Ouyang Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK HS 2020-09-12 PD V Octas Minneapolis South CC Glenbrook North BC Aff Aff 2-1
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK HS 2020-09-12 PD V Triple Mamaroneck LS Montgomery Bell MH Aff Neg 2-1
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK HS 2020-09-12 PD V R5 USN HK Desert Vista HK Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK HS 2020-09-12 PD N R4 CK McClatchy SB ADL TC Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK HS 2020-09-12 PD RS R1 Hyattsville Independent RN Mamaroneck SM Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R8 X271 X289 Aff Aff 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R7 X281 X140 Aff Aff 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R6 X180 X143 Aff Aff 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R5 X274 X147 Neg Neg 2-0
Kanellis Invitational HS 2020-02-21 NCX Finals Glenbrook North DW Glenbrook South SW Neg Neg 2-1
Kanellis Invitational HS 2020-02-21 NCX Semis Glenbrook South SW Washington GC Aff Aff 2-1
Kanellis Invitational HS 2020-02-21 NCX Quarte Oak Park and River Forest BL Glenbrook North DW Neg Neg 3-0
Kanellis Invitational HS 2020-02-21 NCX R5 Glenbrook North KL Glenbrook South SW Neg
Kanellis Invitational HS 2020-02-21 NCX R4 Glenbrook South TJ Washington GC Neg
Kanellis Invitational HS 2020-02-21 NCX R3 Barstow LM Glenbrook North NP Aff
Kanellis Invitational HS 2020-02-21 NCX R1 Glenbrook North DW Glenbrook South JK Aff
The Dowling Catholic Paradigm HS 2019-12-13 CX 32 SF Roosevelt LT Maine East PP Aff Aff 3-0
The Dowling Catholic Paradigm HS 2019-12-13 CX R6 La Crosse Central BT Walter Payton MW Neg
The Dowling Catholic Paradigm HS 2019-12-13 JVCX R4 West Des Moines Valley KK Northside BN Neg
The Dowling Catholic Paradigm HS 2019-12-13 CX R3 Edina SA Barstow MB Aff
The Dowling Catholic Paradigm HS 2019-12-13 JVCX R2 Blue Valley Northwest YM Jones CL Aff
The Dowling Catholic Paradigm HS 2019-12-13 CX R1 Edina OL Lincoln East PS Aff
Bulldog Invitational HS 2019-11-15 NCX R4 Glenbrook North GG Niles West RP Neg
Bulldog Invitational HS 2019-11-15 VCX R3 Glenbrook North KL Niles West CR Aff
Bulldog Invitational HS 2019-11-15 VCX R1 West Des Moines Valley SD Glenbrook North BT Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2019-10-30 VCX Double Glenbrook South FB Glenbrook North BC Aff Aff 2-1
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2019-10-30 VCX R5 Glenbrook South RH Montgomery Bell BM Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2019-10-30 VCX R4 Glenbrook South AD Kent Denver CM Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2019-10-30 VCX R2 Montgomery Bell KK Walter Payton RV Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2019-10-30 VCX R1 Edina AB Glenbrook North BB Aff
Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2019-10-25 VCX Q Highland Park Senior SK Wayzata Independent LY Neg Neg 3-0
Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2019-10-25 VCX R6 Shawnee Mission East HY West Des Moines Valley DL Neg
Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2019-10-25 VCX R5 Shawnee Mission South FT Minneapolis South KS Aff
Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2019-10-25 VCX R3 Barstow FH Topeka BJ Neg
Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2019-10-25 VCX R2 Wayzata Independent LY Topeka PC Aff
Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2019-10-25 NCX R1 Washington DD Minneapolis South RE Aff
Simpson Storm Indianola High School HS 2019-09-27 NCX R1 Dowling Catholic MR West Des Moines Valley PS Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 CX R9 X260 X197 Aff Neg 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 CX R8 X151 X238 Aff Aff 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 CX R6 X272 X228 Aff Aff 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 CX R5 X206 X223 Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 CX R3 X247 X135 Neg Neg 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 CX R2 X278 X240 Neg
Valley Junior High Debate Tournament HS 2019-05-04 CX R3 Iowa City West Suh & Kuchhal West Des Moines Valley Thomas & Mahmud Aff
Valley Junior High Debate Tournament MS 2019-05-04 CX R2 South East Arnold & Wu Iowa City West Zheng & Carpenter Aff
Iowa Forensic League State Tournament HS 2019-03-07 CX r4 Theodore Roosevelt CA Iowa City MC Aff
The Paradigm at Dowling Catholic HS 2018-12-07 CX 32 New Trier JM West Des Moines Valley CK Aff Aff 2-1
The Paradigm at Dowling Catholic HS 2017-12-08 CX R6 Glenbrook North DL New Trier BW Aff
The Paradigm at Dowling Catholic HS 2017-12-08 CX R3 Washington CS Northside CP HZ Aff
The Paradigm at Dowling Catholic HS 2017-12-08 CX R2 Niles West BF Walter Payton CP PW Aff
The Paradigm at Dowling Catholic HS 2017-12-08 CX R1 Solorio GG Appleton East MR Aff