Akash Rathod Paradigm

Last changed 29 July 2019 1:35 PM PDT

UC Berkeley '23

Okemos High School '19

My name is Akash Rathod and I am a freshman at UC Berkeley. I did four years of Policy Debate at Okemos High School (Okemos, MI). I qualified to the TOC with 3 bids reading mostly kritikal arguments on both the Aff and Neg (Settler Colonialism, Afropess, Psychoanalysis, Deleuze, Baudrillard). However, don’t let that influence your thoughts on me as a judge. I have found many “policy” debates much more interesting/enjoyable than many “k v k” debates. Go for whatever you think is the best strategy to win the debate and execute it to the best of your ability – I will be happy regardless of the specific content.

There is no argument I am not willing to listen to. Debate is a space to explore your intellectual interests and be creative, so you should take advantage of that. So, if you like going for the politics DA, go for it. However, you should refrain from arguments that directly attack a person’s identity (such as racism good, sexism good, etc.). I am perfectly ok with listening to extinction good.

Tech > truth – as long as an argument has some warrant attached to it, it is true until addressed by the other team. I will do my best to protect the 2NR.

Topic Knowledge – I have some familiarity with the topic, however, it will benefit you to explain complicated nuances and to spell out acronyms (only once).

I flow on my computer and like being able to line arguments up.

My email is akashrathod2019 (at) gmail (dot) com. I would like to be added to the email chain. You can also email me if you have any questions about my paradigm or want additional feedback about the round.

Speaks

I will try to keep speaks in the range of 28 – 29.5.

Speaker points will be determined by your persuasiveness, clarity, and strategic mindset. Smart debaters will always outspeak debaters who are just really clear.

Kritiks

Neg

I won’t hack for your K – you must do the work of explaining your argument.

I don’t mind a long overview, but I would prefer it if all relevant parts could be moved to the line-by-line. I would prefer it if links were done somewhere on the line-by-line (I don’t care where just don’t put them in the overview). Also, labeling links with cool names is good.

Specificity is key – if you aren’t doing the work to show why the 1AC specifically is bad (by pulling lines from their evidence and contextualizing your 1NC cards to the action of the plan), I am likely going to buy the perm solves. You don’t need links to the plan, but you should try to contextualize your generic links to the 1AC as much as possible.

You don’t need an alt, but you should spend time framing what my ballot means in a world where there is no alt to resolve the K’s impacts.

“K tricks” are fine but be smart with them – don’t just throw stuff at the wall and see if something sticks.

FW is important – you should very clear offense here as well as defensive arguments. Having good framing cards in the 1NC (especially if you are going one-off) is important. I can be persuaded that I shouldn’t evaluate the plan.

Demonstrating robust knowledge of your theory, as opposed to constantly reading blocks off your computer, will likely boost your speaks.

Aff

FW should never be “Ks bad.” Winning the FW debate for the Aff requires having a clear reason why your model of debate is good (e.g. fairness, political deliberation, etc) and making sure you answer all the neg’s tricks (e.g. Antonio 95, fiat is illusory, etc.). Being technical here is very key and I can be convinced to weigh only the consequences of plan action.

Perms should be thoroughly explained by the 1AR.

I think a lot of the common “policy tricks” (pragmatism, extinction first, etc.) make a lot of intuitive sense, but you still need to do a good job establishing them.

Coming into the debate with a strong understanding of the neg’s position will help you immensely, so you should be reading their cards and making sure you use cross-x to really understand their argument. It will make it easier to find their weak spot.

K v K Debates

I can be convinced not to give the Aff a perm, but a lot of the neg’s arguments for why I shouldn’t are usually quite silly, but must be answered by the Aff.

Both teams need to have a robust number of historical examples.

Links and net-benefits to the perm should be clearly labeled.

FW (T-USFG)

Neg

While I read a K-Aff in high-school, I am very persuaded by a lot of the arguments by FW teams. You can definitely go for procedural fairness as an impact. I also like arguments about truth-testing/argumentative refinement and research. Explaining the importance of each these in the context of predictable limits can make a very easy neg ballot.

I am not very persuaded by impacts like dogmatism or state good. While I think there is some merit to the dogmatism impact, I haven’t heard a very strong argument about why that would outweigh any offense the Aff generally goes for. I think truth-testing functions as a much more persuasive defensive argument to mitigate a lot of the Aff offense. State good is more convincing to me as a K of the aff’s refusal of certain forms of political engagement.

TVAs don’t need to solve the Aff but should somehow align with the Aff’s criticism of the status quo. Having a card isn’t necessary but would be cool.

I am perfectly fine with a short 1NC shell with no cards other than definitions.

Aff

Impact turn stuff and you will probably be fine.

You don’t need a W/M.

You don’t even necessarily need a C/I – but it will make it harder for you to win unless you go for debate bad, which is perfectly fine.

Slow down when explaining your DAs – teams often breeze through several 1 or 2 sentences DAs that I can’t follow. Your 2AC analysis should have a clear warrant as to why the neg’s interpretation is bad, what the impact to that is, and how your interpretation solves. Examples here are key.

Defense is important, don’t forget it.

You should be very clear and upfront about why the TVA or reading it on the neg doesn’t solve.

DAs

Not much to say here. Impact calc is good and should be done sooner rather than later.

CPs

I don’t have many thoughts about CP theory – so do whatever you like. Words pics are probably not cool, but if you want to go for it.

You should probably have a solvency advocate. Using 1AC lines to justify a cp will boost your speaks.

T

I enjoy a really good T debate. Both teams should be doing a good job explaining what debate looks like under different interpretations of the topic.

Impact Turns

I love a good impact turn debate. DeDev, Heg Good, Heg Bad, Warming Good, Extinction Good, etc. I love them all. Especially, against K-Affs or new Affs they can be very strategic and should be heavily utilized.

Theory

I will vote on new affs bad – given the neg can explain a coherent impact.

Clipping

Don't clip. I will keep my eye out for it. If I catch it, I will warn you (unless it was egregious). If I catch you doing it again, I will give you 0 speaks and the loss. I will also allow the round to continue to the end.

If you believe the other team is clipping, start recording them and present the recording to me after the speech. I will listen and decide. You won't be penalized for calling out another team for clipping, as long as you do so in a manner that allows the round to continue smoothly.

If you are reading unhighlighted cards, I will expect you to read the whole thing, unless you clarify before your speech. If you don't, I will consider that as clipping.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
35th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2021-02-06 LD-T Triple Diamond Bar NC Lake Highland Prep AB Aff Aff 3-0
35th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2021-02-06 LD-T R6 Kennedy KR Lindale PP Neg
35th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2021-02-06 LD-T R5 Lexington DY Bellarmine AK Neg
35th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2021-02-06 LD-T R4 Harvard-Westlake SM BASIS San Antonio Shavano PK Aff
35th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2021-02-06 LD-T R3 Eden Prairie AG Davidson CH Neg
35th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2021-02-06 LD-T R2 Harrison AC Marlborough AW Aff
35th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2021-02-06 LD-T R1 Immaculate Heart RR Evergreen Valley RL Aff
Harvard Westlake Debates HS 2021-01-14 NLD R6 Harvard-Westlake KD Marlborough MJ Neg
Harvard Westlake Debates HS 2021-01-14 NLD R5 Marlborough EK Presentation AB Aff
Damien Chuck Ballingall Memorial Invitational Virtual Edition HS 2020-10-03 O Pol Quar Peninsula SY Fonie BG Neg Neg 3-0
Stephen Stewart Middle and High School Invitational MS 2020-09-25 N PF R5 Stratford Osgood JA SpiderSmart Learning Center at Sugar Land PZ Neg
Stephen Stewart Middle and High School Invitational HS 2020-09-25 N PF R4 Nova 42 PS Stratford School: Milpitas Great Mall Parkway BA Neg
Stephen Stewart Middle and High School Invitational HS 2020-09-25 N PF R2 Stratagem Learning KK Dublin SH Aff
Stephen Stewart Middle and High School Invitational HS 2020-09-25 N PF R1 American CK Stratagem Learning RX Aff
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament HS 2020-09-19 N LD R6 Granada Hills Charter AI Marlborough TZ Neg
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament HS 2020-09-19 N LD R6 La Reina GH Granada Hills Charter NC Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2020-02-15 VLD R6 Dougherty Valley AR Damien ND Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2020-02-15 VLD R5 Northland Christian ABr Albuquerque SR Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2020-02-15 VLD R4 Harvard-Westlake AG Presentation MS Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2020-02-15 VLD R4 Harvard-Westlake SW Peninsula RM Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2020-02-15 VLD R3 Harvard-Westlake IC Orange Lutheran AZ Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2020-02-15 VLD R1 Peninsula JN ModernBrain ML Aff
SCU Dempsey Cronin Invitational HS 2019-11-22 LD R6 Mountain House SS Milpitas TS Aff
SCU Dempsey Cronin Invitational HS 2019-11-22 LD R6 Athens RD Leland HP Neg
Spartan Classic at MSU HS 2018-11-30 Nov R5 Niles West Putrus & Williams Wylie E. Groves Lee & Walker Neg
Spartan Classic at MSU HS 2018-11-30 Nov R4 Niles West Ali & Taj Oak Park and River Forest Flynn & Ruland Aff
Spartan Classic at MSU HS 2018-11-30 Nov R3 Niles West Saba & Ramirez Oak Park and River Forest Blasi & Nalls Aff
Spartan Classic at MSU HS 2018-11-30 Nov R2 H.H. Dow Manjila & Tabler Niles West Suh & Chong Aff