Gabriel Burdeen ParadigmLast changed 11/23 12:10P CDT
Indiana University '23 (not debating)
You should strike me if
1. You present an affirmative that does not defend hypothetical USFG action
2. You rely on negative strategies that do not justify a rejection of the affirmative's proposed plan of action
3. You debate in ways that show absolute disregard for decorum, as defined by the American Debate Association
Debaters and judges should treat one another with civility during debates and when debate decisions are revealed and discussed. Debaters and judges should treat one another with generosity, respect and kindness. Participants (debaters, judges, coaches, observers, etc.) may not engage in any nudity, sexually explicit or illegal behavior, or use illegal substances while at the location of the debate rounds or during a debate.
Thoughts about debate
T -- Legal precision determines all other standards, logically, I personally find it hard to believe that your disliking of resolutional wording gives you the right to exclude an affirmative from debate. Topicality asks whether the affirmative is within the scope of the resolution, not whether the resolution makes certain affirmatives harder to debate than others.
Disadvantages -- Must be intrinsic to the affirmative's proposed plan of action, I find most "politics disadvantages" read on the national circuit do not meet the aforementioned standard and thus am very compelled by argumentation that recognizes this. I also feel most negative teams are unprepared for this type of debate as well and affirmatives should exploit this.
Counterplans -- In the absence of a negative resolution, almost all theoretical objections to counterplans are inherently arbitrary and unpredictable, under the condition that the negative wins the premise that negative fiat is legitimate. Objections to counterplans should be filtered through a lens of competition, not theoretical legitimacy.
Critiques -- Are often highly unpersuasive to me, and chances are you're better off not reading one in front of me. I find that most of theses arguments I debated in high school were highly generic and/or borderline immoral.
Debaters should speak comprehensively and intelligibly while giving speeches and engaging in cross-examination. Debaters should refrain from shouting or yelling while speaking. Debaters have the burden to develop clearly all ideas presented and to do so in an oral style that would be appropriate and courteous in an academic forum.
In all cases, with the exceptions of maverick situations, one debater shall give one rebuttal and one constructive, any violations of this will result in me not evaluating/flowing the arguments of the non-designated speaker and extremely punitive speaker point reductions. I don't understand why this is acceptable now.