Ethan Rahman Paradigm

Last changed 11/8 10:49A CDT

I debated for Barrington High School for four years primarily on the national circuit. Currently I debate NFA-LD for the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Pref Shortcut:
K debaters: 1
LARPers: 1
Theory/ T debaters: 2-3
Tricks: 4-strike
Framework debaters: 2-3 (you should be fine as long as it's not too complicated)
Generic circuit: 2-3

Speaker Point Distribution:

30: You can break at TOC

30 to 29.5: You can win the tournament

29.5 to 28.5: You can break at the tournament

28.5 to 28: No major flaws, maybe some minor issues

28 to 27: Some major mistakes or you made the round horribly unclear

27 and under: Lots of major mistakes or you did something that offended me.

Short: I consider myself to be pretty tab. I'm fine with any arguments as long as they're properly warranted. If you get me as a judge I have two pieces of advice for you. 1) Be entertaining. I love creative arguments and generally good speaking skills. keep me engaged in the debate. 2) Make me do as little work as possible. If you force me to do weighing for you or you make no attempt at clashing with your opponent's case you can expect lower speaks at a minimum.

As long as you're clear, speed is fine (I will say "clear" 3 times before I just stop flowing). Please please slow down for tags, author names, and any plan/ cp texts.

Kritiks: I primarily debated Ks in high school. I prefer Ks with actual policy alternatives but I'm cool with anything. I expect to see a ROTB or at least some kind of framework to evaluate the round. Err on the side of over explaining arguments. If you have some sorta wacky kritikal position, I personally love those. I dislike so called "high theory kritiks".

Policy Arguments: These types of debates have become my favorite to evaluate. Impact calculus is extremely important to me. I didn't LARP much in highschool but in college I've done it a ton.

Theory: I really love creative interps, even if they're wacky. If I've never heard your interp before, then that's probably a good sign. I like unconventional voters other than fairness or education. That being said, I probably wont like you very much if you read your generic theory backfile that was written four years ago.

I default to competing interps. Offensive counter interps require an RVI. You need to explicitly justify why your voter is a reason to drop the debater or I'll default to drop the arg. Also for the love of god don't be a dick and combine completely unrelated planks into a single interp. That's just annoying and makes things difficult to evaluate.

Topicality: I love a good T debate, and generally think that T debates are of higher quality than most theory debates. I have a slightly higher threshold for RVIs on T. When justifying RVI's, please make arguments that are specific to T. I will find these arguments much more persuasive than generic RVI arguments.

Framework: I was a framework debater in the earlier parts of my career. I'm mostly familiar with Kantian philosophers, but I should be able to evaluate most philosophies as long as it's not super complicated. I think that the risk of your framework being true should factored into the impact calc debate.

Tricks/ Spikes: I strongly dislike this debate style. If you really really must read these types of cases in front of me, you have to go slow and explicitly number each argument.

General Notes:

  • Theory vs K: I think these arguments are hard to evaluate. I'm slightly biased in favor of the K in this debate.
  • Disclosure: I think disclosure is a good practice and I'm willing to vote on disclosure theory.
  • Cross Examination: If you get a dope concession in CX, please indicate that by saying something like "Yo Ethan, that last part was important please remember that during the next speech". That would be greatly helpful.
  • Malthus isn't a real economist.

If you have any questions, the best way to contact me is through facebook. If that doesn't work for you, try emailing me at madpolis@gmail.com. I'd be happy to answer any questions.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
IHSA State Debate Championship 3/14/2019 LD Octos BD 4025 CF 4040 Aff Aff on a 2-1
IHSA State Debate Championship 3/14/2019 LD R4 AJ 4007 AZ 4035 Neg Neg on a 2-0
IHSA State Debate Championship 3/14/2019 LD R4 CF 4040 BL 4013 Aff Aff on a 2-0
IHSA State Debate Championship 3/14/2019 LD R3 BW 4051 BS 4029 Neg Neg on a 2-0
IHSA State Debate Championship 3/14/2019 LD R3 AZ 4037 BP 4034 Neg Neg on a 2-0
IHSA State Debate Championship 3/14/2019 LD R2 BS 4030 AP 4012 Aff Aff on a 2-0
IHSA State Debate Championship 3/14/2019 LD R2 AZ 4036 CF 4043 Aff Aff on a 2-0
IHSA State Debate Championship 3/14/2019 LD R1 AP 4027 CG 4047 Aff
IHSA State Debate Championship 3/14/2019 LD R1 BL 4039 CG 4046 Neg Neg on a 2-0
Illini Swing 2/2/2019 LD R2 Purdue PC Illinois State NH Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD Sextos Strake Jesuit College Prep AM Newark Science OS Neg Neg on a 3-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R7 Thomas Jefferson HSST AD Strake Jesuit College Prep AM Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R6 Anderson KS Success Academy Manhattan LD Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R6 Edgemont JJ John F. Kennedy AS Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R4 New Trier EM Chatfield Senior KM Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R4 Strake Jesuit College Prep JH Success Academy Manhattan BC Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R3 Cabot LH Thomas Jefferson HSST RK Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R2 Durham BD Edgemont RG Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R2 Harker SS Lakeville North ST Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R1 Hattiesburg OS North Allegheny Sr AD Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VLD R7 Colleyville Heritage AL McNeil PV Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VLD R6 Nova KA Cypress Bay NB Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VLD R6 University RH Kent Denver GR Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VLD R5 Presentation NV McDowell ZK Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VLD R5 Apple Valley SA Carroll HS - Southlake GI Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VLD R4 Pennsbury CZ Brookfield AS Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VLD R4 Lake Travis MM Oak Hall KZ Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VLD R3 Neenah MA Evanston Twp CM Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VLD R3 Denver East GK Edina SC Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VLD R2 Evanston Twp ED James Bowie TW Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VLD R2 Oakwood School - North Hollywood LB Edina MK Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VLD R1 DuPont Manual JX Greenhill SK Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VLD R1 St Francis DJ Houston Memorial PM Aff
Palatine High School Walk the Plank Tournament 10/7/2017 1VLD R4 Holy Trinity NN William Fremd MJ Neg
Palatine High School Walk the Plank Tournament 10/7/2017 1VLD R3 William Fremd RC Glenbrook North EK Neg
Palatine High School Walk the Plank Tournament 10/7/2017 1VLD R2 Holy Trinity DP Schaumburg SA Neg
Palatine High School Walk the Plank Tournament 10/7/2017 1VLD R1 Belvidere North NG Carl Sandburg SH Neg
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VLD Sextos Scarsdale GZ Harvard-Westlake CE Neg Neg on a 3-0
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VLD R7 Southlake Carroll AP Loyola DW Neg
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VLD R6 Ashland GD Dougherty Valley AS Aff
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VLD R6 DuPont Manual RJ Marlborough MC Neg
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VLD R5 Dougherty Valley CS Holy Cross TL Neg
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VLD R5 NSU GF Holy Cross RS Neg
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VLD R4 Phoenix Country Day PW Harvard-Westlake CE Neg
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VLD R3 Bettendorf AW DuPont Manual DY Neg
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VLD R2 Newark Science OA Bellarmine PB Aff
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VLD R2 Kent Denver SL Southlake Carroll JC Neg
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VLD R1 NSU ZL Loyola DK Neg