Brandon Stras Paradigm

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tl;dr

I'm a crippled, bisexual Jew who wholeheartedly supports American hegemony. Please, show me China War Good, Baudrillard, disads derived from Milton Friedman's smirk, and/or probability-first framing. Refusing to utilize my angry and badly-trimmed eyebrows as a resource is a dumb move. I'm a grumpy and expressive judge, so look at me!

I debate at the University of Michigan as a sophomore with a policymaker that goes by the alias Rand Paul.

College debate has indoctrinated me for over a year, so I have adopted a more truthy mindset. This mindset has an uncomfortable implication: what's flowed on my excel sheet always receives preponderant deference, but that has some limits. Idiotic arguments can be defeated by mere analytics and two-line cards—unless those idiotic arguments have immaculate evidence. Spin's okay, but I read cards as the round goes, and so I often detect bold lies. While perceiving bold lies does not often influence my decision, it makes me even more grumpy and expressive.

Wayzata '18

Sabes JCC Pre-K '05

Add me to the chain.

brandonstras@gmail.com

In return, I'll email out my flows after the round.

Framework: fairness or bust?

My voting record should reflect something like a 60/40 in favor of topicality.

Truthfully, I think fairness comes first. But kaffs always outweigh on magnitude if granted a causal link!

I don't strongly prefer impact-turning over counter-defining the resolution, but I need to understand the aff offense in the 2AC, not just the 1AR and 2AR. That might mean slowing down and over-explaining arguments. For me, it takes a little more for it to "click."

Seriously, stop defending skills and topic education in front of me. It makes victory less likely. While I am writing an undergraduate thesis on a college debate topic, I do not think that debate gave me the "skills" to make that happen. I just find it fun.

For reference, here's my hierarchy of neg offense: fairness > clash > the garbage.

Clarity over speed—and I mean it.

The floor for clarity is that I can understand the card text while reading along. I have no zero qualms yelping "clear" at you. It's to your advantage, not mine. It helps me piece together your arguments.

My response to the soft-left invasion.

I have about as much agnosticism concerning "existential risks first" as my Judaism (so a lot). I am okay—perhaps even good—for soft left affs. Unfortunately, teams rarely spend the entire contention impact-turning the notion existential risks come first/magnitude outweighs probability, see this or that. Please exclude the throwaway garbage like random Security K cards. In my eyes, the neg could concede them and still win.

That said, I enjoy extinction debates more. Affs do what they gotta do though. ¯\_(-.-)_/¯

I am aff-biased on counterplan theory.

Solvency advocates—pieces of evidence that make a normative judgment about whether a certain actor should take a certain action—often determine counterplan legitimacy. The more case-specific, the more the neg gets to abuse the aff. That's arbitrary, but I can read.

Generic process CPs are stupid. They waste my time, your time—literally the whole debate. I vote on them, but I would rather vote for perm do the counterplan or that it's abusive.

"thIs wAs A nEw Aff"

That doesn't mean you should automatically win. It doesn't warrant why:

• process counterplans would be good;

• object fiat would be good;

• a topicality interpretation should be more persuasive;

• etc.

I am neg-biased on conditionality, but...

Imho condo is good and probably infinite. Of course, I will still vote on condo bad—mercilessly. This just means, if equally debated, I'd lean neg.

I closely read topicality evidence.

If I employ judge intervention anywhere, I admit that it is evaluating topicality. Because precision is an intoxicating impact, I read every card closely.

I lean towards re-inserting evidence.

However, this comes with a caveat: it is not different from saying "1NC concludes aff—it says blank" without the re-highlighting. I might just read the plain text of cards when contested anyway, so it probably won't make or break a round. Moreover, inserting 150 cards for me to read is not a good strategy. It seems like crying wolf.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/20/2019 CX R7 Glenbrook South AD Mamaroneck LR Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/20/2019 CX R6 Lexington YB Greenhill HL Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/20/2019 CX R5 Strath Haven DL Washburn Rural PR Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/20/2019 CX R4 Strath Haven RY Eagan LK Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/20/2019 CX R3 Homestead MW Greenhill MK Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/20/2019 CX R2 Edgemont JM Stuyvesant CN Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/20/2019 CX R1 Aberdeen Central AC Peninsula DP Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/14/2018 CX Octafi Glenbrook North NR Glenbrook South GS Neg Aff on a 2-1
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/14/2018 CX Double Georgetown Day PR Greenhill EA Neg Neg on a 2-1
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/14/2018 CX R7 Peninsula MP Eagan HV Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/14/2018 CX R6 Berkeley Prep KK SF Roosevelt WT Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/14/2018 CX R5 Glenbrook North NR Georgetown Day PR Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/14/2018 CX R4 Mamaroneck WS Strath Haven LZ Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/14/2018 CX R3 Georgetown Day BF Mamaroneck RS Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/14/2018 CX R2 Glenbrook South KS Glenbrook North BM Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/14/2018 CX R1 North Broward Prep MR Glenbrook North DF Aff
The Paradigm at Dowling Catholic 12/7/2018 CX 8 Washburn Rural KP Glenbrook South BR Aff Aff on a 3-0
The Paradigm at Dowling Catholic 12/7/2018 CX 16 Washburn Rural KP Niles North LI Aff Aff on a 2-1
The Paradigm at Dowling Catholic 12/7/2018 CX 32 Glenbrook South FH Niles West WF Neg Neg on a 3-0
The Paradigm at Dowling Catholic 12/7/2018 CX R6 Washburn Rural KP Oak Park and River Forest JK Aff
The Paradigm at Dowling Catholic 12/7/2018 CX R5 Niles West BB Glenbrook South KS Neg
The Paradigm at Dowling Catholic 12/7/2018 CX R4 Lincoln East WC Niles West WF Neg
The Paradigm at Dowling Catholic 12/7/2018 CX R3 West Des Moines Valley BL New Trier PW Neg
The Paradigm at Dowling Catholic 12/7/2018 CX R2 Solorio GG SF Roosevelt KL Neg
The Paradigm at Dowling Catholic 12/7/2018 CX R1 Evanston Twp LC Niles West KS Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 NCX Finals Westminster BW Glenbrook North DG Neg Neg on a 2-1
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX Octos Montgomery Bell BH Glenbrook South GS Aff Aff on a 2-1
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX Double Kent Denver JL Glenbrook North BC Aff Aff on a 2-1
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R7 Carrollton Sacred Heart PA Northside MR Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R6 Oak Park and River Forest KJ Glenbrook North PT Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R5 Henry W Grady NW Glenbrook South GS Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R4 Little Rock Central AK Niles West BeBa Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R3 Westminster FP Montgomery Bell FM Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R2 Niles West PS Glenbrook North BC Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R1 Montgomery Bell HR Mamaroneck KR Aff
Michigan Summer Institutes 7/31/2018 POL Octos New Marx KS K Lab KL Aff Aff on a 2-1
Michigan Summer Institutes 7/31/2018 POL Double BFHPR FY GBS GS Neg Neg on a 2-1
Michigan Summer Institutes 7/31/2018 POL R7 CPPWW-BO NS K Lab NW Neg
Michigan Summer Institutes 7/31/2018 POL R6 HJPPV KZ Classic KAZ KP Aff
Michigan Summer Institutes 7/31/2018 POL R5 BFHPR GM FFGSV/MMMR ZL Aff
Michigan Summer Institutes 7/31/2018 POL R4 CPPWW MeSm JM Lab TM Aff
Michigan Summer Institutes 7/31/2018 POL R3 FFGSV PB HJPPV/FFGSV MN Aff
Michigan Summer Institutes 7/31/2018 POL R2 JM Lab GK FFGSV SB Neg
Michigan Summer Institutes 7/31/2018 POL R1 Classic KAZ ChCo Woodward MR Neg