Ben Brody Paradigm

Last changed 16 January 2021 9:15 PM CEST

Benjamin Brody (He/Him)

First Year out of Winston Churchill HS

I did policy for 4 years, but have judged/coached/debated in LD.

Email chain pls money-mouth - winstonchurchillbm@gmail.com

-Topicality-

Topicality is about competing interpretations unless I’m told otherwise and I think that the lit base determines reasonability. T interps should define both what IS and ISN’T topical. Intent to define is cool. Why is ur interp/counter-interp better for debate? Substantial is usually unpersuasive because I think it’s relatively arbitrary.

-Counterplans-

If you’re not cheating you’re not trying hard enough <3

Probably better if you have a solvency advocate for each part of the counterplan though.

Recut their evidence. I promise there's a counterplan hidden in their solvency advocate. Counterplans that are super specific to the aff are way more persuasive to me. Actor counterplans are boring.

I will judge kick the counterplan unless told not to.

I love good counterplan debates.

-Disadvantages-

Some of my favorite 2NRs were on the China disad so I really enjoy disad/case + disad/counterplan debates. I don’t think I’ve judged enough debates to know if winning a 0% risk is possible, but I won’t believe it till I see it. PLEASE do the framing debate (UTIL/structural violence/urgent bodies/whatever you want to call it), it is SO hard to judge a debate I don’t know how to evaluate.

Just as you would with a K, the block should be making more than one link argument.

Turns case arguments are underutilized (including link turns the case args).

-Kritiks-

SPECIFIC LINKS. I don’t enjoy K debates when they’re not about the aff. Explain your theory of power to me. I went for biopolitics a lot my junior year but I’m not gonna lie to y’all, I never read the lit, only the cards that we had in the file. In other words, explain to me either on the line by line or in an overview that does not require a different sheet of paper. The less I understand your theory, the less I want to vote for you, and the more persuaded I am by simple no link arguments. Make sure that before you initiate a big framework debate, that you actually need to do so. Like if you’re gonna let them weigh the aff and just impact turn it anyway, why do all the framework magic?

You don’t always need an alternative. But usually you do.

For aff teams: KNOW YOUR AFF AND DON’T MAKE EASY MISTAKES. Do they have a LINK? Did they extend an ALTERNATIVE? Have they explained an IMPACT? Did you remember to extend a PERM?

Almost every single time we debated the K my senior year, we went for framework and the aff outweighs. I will have a lot of respect for you if you have defense of your epistomology and a defense of what you do materially. You don’t have to defend that the state is GOOD, or even that it’s redeemable. Just win that it is an infrastructural unit capable of rectifying the issues that it creates. You’re never gonna win that the state doesn’t have a history or that the state is free from violence. But all the aff does is recognize violence (or the potential for it) in its most unmediated form, and use the state’s ability to regulate itself to unwrite that violence.

All that being said, sometimes going for framework is not the move. So answer specific links, turns case, disads to the perm, and severance. I find those arguments persuasive insofar as they are reasons to reject the permutation or as independent reasons to reject the aff.

Simple no link arguments will help you greatly.

-K Affs/Performance/Planless/Framework-

I will vote for framework. I will vote for the impact turn to framework. I feel like that's all you needed to hear.

Like most things, I enjoy judging these debates when they're done well. I prefer it when it's in the direction of the resolution, but also understand that sometimes that is not an option/not strategic. In any event, I think both the aff and negative team should have a reason why I give you my ballot. If you are the aff team, please explain what I am voting for/what your theory is/how you understand the world/the meaning of the 1AC. I prefer it if you can explain why my ballot actually has a causal influence as well. TVAs are underutilized. I probably think fairness is more of an internal link than a terminal impact but could be persuaded otherwise. What does your model of debate look like? Why is your model good not just for debates but also what we do once we leave debates?

-Theory-

(This is mostly for the LD folks) I did 4 years of policy. I have a hard time buying a lot of the theory stuff that y’all do in LD. I guess if you think you have a reason why you think that other team has made it structurally more difficult for you to win the round, then make the arg. Just make sure to explain it.

-Things I've Noticed About My Own Judging-

I find myself not voting for conceded arguments if they're not explained. Very cool that they dropped the counterplan in the 2AC, but "don't make me reinvent the wheel" is not an explanation as to why that conceded counterplan solves the aff.

I reward well thought out strategies.

-Things I Hate-

"See Pee"

"Dee Aye"

Needing a new page for the overview

Clipping

Being excessively rude/offensive

Death Good

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
6A District 29 Spring Meet HS 2021-03-26 LD fin JohPau Juliet Sencion OliWen Athan Swick Neg Neg 3-0
6A District 29 Spring Meet HS 2021-03-26 LD qtr JohMar Madison Hickman OliWen Athan Swick Neg Neg 3-0
6A District 29 Spring Meet HS 2021-03-26 LD R3 JohMar Christine Olivarez EarWar Brianna Silva Neg
6A District 29 Spring Meet HS 2021-03-26 LD R1 WilH Jade Romero SanDay Charis Key Neg
TFA State HS 2021-03-10 WSD Octos- Woodlands Red Wildcat Blue Prop Prop 2-1
TFA State HS 2021-03-10 WSD R6 Coppell Black Westlake Red Opp
TFA State HS 2021-03-10 WSD 5I Grand Oaks Orange Southlake Sepia Opp
TFA State HS 2021-03-10 WSD 4I Woodlands Red Ranger Gold Prop
TFA State HS 2021-03-10 WSD 3I Kingwood Cobalt Mayde Creek Rams Opp
Langham Creek Lobo Invitational TFA NIETOC HS 2021-02-03 VCX VCXQ Dulles MV Kinkai SM Aff Aff 3-0
Langham Creek Lobo Invitational TFA NIETOC HS 2021-02-03 VCX R5 Elkins KJ Westsi DE Aff
Langham Creek Lobo Invitational TFA NIETOC HS 2021-02-03 VCX R2 Kinkai SM Dulles DH Neg
Langham Creek Lobo Invitational TFA NIETOC HS 2021-02-03 JVCX R1 Dulles AS Spring ST Aff
Langham Creek Lobo Invitational TFA NIETOC HS 2021-02-03 VCX R1 Dulles PK Memori TS Neg
Flower Mound NIETOC Scholarship Swing HS 2021-01-26 CX R4 BG Branch & Engel EH Arroyo & Diaz Neg
Flower Mound NIETOC Scholarship Swing HS 2021-01-26 CX R3 BT D’Angelo & McKinney CT Phillips & Kim Aff
Flower Mound NIETOC Scholarship Swing HS 2021-01-26 CX R1 AS Dasari & Gourishetti CH Oberg & Burross Aff
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 Pol Octos Jesuit MR ArcMit KB Aff Aff 3-0
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 NCX Double Greenh FZ Kinkai LT Aff Neg 2-1
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 Pol R4 Shark JB Greenh MR Aff
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 Pol R2 Jesuit SW Memori PQ Aff
The 46th Winston Churchill Classic TOC and NIETOC Qualifier HS 2021-01-06 LD Dbl DriSpr Jackson Kaiser Stratf Devon Schwartz Aff Aff 3-0
The 46th Winston Churchill Classic TOC and NIETOC Qualifier HS 2021-01-06 NCX R5 EdcEls Ruiz & Rodriguez Reagan Muehlberger & Whalen Neg
The 46th Winston Churchill Classic TOC and NIETOC Qualifier HS 2021-01-06 NLD R2 Westwo Anuva Fulzele RouRoc Saanvi Padaki Neg
The 46th Winston Churchill Classic TOC and NIETOC Qualifier HS 2021-01-06 LD R1 DriSpr Jackson Kaiser ClaTay Michael Reichle Aff
The 46th Winston Churchill Classic TOC and NIETOC Qualifier HS 2021-01-06 LD R1 Westwo Akhilesh Pissay Memori Sebastian Cho Neg
The Longhorn Classic Online HS 2020-12-04 NLD Finals Coppell 9th Ethan Rebello DebateUS! Hartley Ju Neg Neg 3-0
The Longhorn Classic Online HS 2020-12-04 CLD Octafi Strake Jesuit Ben Erdmann Westwood Pranav Medikonduru Aff Aff 3-0
The Longhorn Classic Online HS 2020-12-04 CLD Double Strake Jesuit David Herrera Westwood Pranav Medikonduru Neg Neg 2-1
The Longhorn Classic Online HS 2020-12-04 CLD R6 Northview Yasmin Shalim Texas City Adrian Sendejas Neg
The Longhorn Classic Online HS 2020-12-04 CLD R4 McNeil Adrita RayChaudhuri Centennial Aarushi Bhardwaj Aff
The Longhorn Classic Online HS 2020-12-04 CLD R4 Little Rock Central Laila Meredith L C Anderson Brett Cryan Neg
The Longhorn Classic Online HS 2020-12-04 CLD R3 Strake Jesuit Diego Arcos Louis D. Brandeis Gabriella Mathison Aff
The Longhorn Classic Online HS 2020-12-04 CLD R3 Greenhill Nikitha Thoduguli Westwood Shreya Tiwari Aff
The Longhorn Classic Online HS 2020-12-04 CLD R2 Dulles Anshumi Jhaveri L C Anderson Mark Foster Neg
The Longhorn Classic Online HS 2020-12-04 CLD R2 Wylie Timothy Minney Strake Jesuit Joseph Georges Neg
Bowie Lampasas Badger Dawg Swing HS 2020-11-11 LVLD R4 Harlingen HS South KN Westlake MR Neg
Bowie Lampasas Badger Dawg Swing HS 2020-11-11 LNPF R3 AandM Consolidated HL Kingwood WB Pro
Bowie Lampasas Badger Dawg Swing HS 2020-11-11 LVLD R2 Westlake EA McNeil SC Aff
Bowie Lampasas Badger Dawg Swing HS 2020-11-11 LVLD R1 McNeil MJ Northland Christian AN Aff
Spartan Ram Fall Classic LakesRidge Swing HS 2020-10-21 VCX Quarte Elkins JK Cypress Woods KB Aff Aff 3-0
Spartan Ram Fall Classic LakesRidge Swing HS 2020-10-21 VCX R3 Atascocita PT Princeton AD Aff
Spartan Ram Fall Classic LakesRidge Swing HS 2020-10-21 VCX R2 Oak Ridge MN Kinkaid EH Aff
Spartan Ram Fall Classic LakesRidge Swing HS 2020-10-21 VCX R1 Princeton BS LV Hightower GJ Aff
JW Patterson Invitational HS 2020-10-16 VCX R5 Oak Hall GS Peninsula OP Neg
JW Patterson Invitational HS 2020-10-16 VCX R4 Rowland Hall SH Shawnee Mission South SS Aff
Westlake Chap Classic TFA TOC NIETOC Qualifier HS 2020-10-01 NLD Finals Westwood Li Westlake Maldei-Stumm Aff Aff 2-1
Westlake Chap Classic TFA TOC NIETOC Qualifier HS 2020-10-01 LD Semis McNeil Gulati Round Rock Alam Neg Aff 2-1
Westlake Chap Classic TFA TOC NIETOC Qualifier HS 2020-10-01 NLD Quarts Round Rock Kommuri Westwood Li Neg
Westlake Chap Classic TFA TOC NIETOC Qualifier HS 2020-10-01 LD R3 Austin SFA Plumley Leander Bhasin Aff
Westlake Chap Classic TFA TOC NIETOC Qualifier HS 2020-10-01 NLD R2 McNeil Sthanu Westwood Kaur Neg
The Bear Cat Swing CyWoodsBridgeland HS 2020-09-23 VCX Quarte Westside ED Kinkaid MB Aff Aff 3-0
The Bear Cat Swing CyWoodsBridgeland HS 2020-09-23 VCX R3 Kinkaid ZF Langham Creek LC Aff
The Bear Cat Swing CyWoodsBridgeland HS 2020-09-23 VCX R2 Hendrickson OP Elkins JL Neg
Lake Travis Cavalier Classic HS 2020-09-17 VLD Finals Seven Lakes Christopher Lee Austin SFA James Hartline Neg Neg 3-0
Lake Travis Cavalier Classic HS 2020-09-17 VLD Semis Seven Lakes Christopher Lee Round Rock Sohali Vaddula Aff Aff 3-0
Lake Travis Cavalier Classic HS 2020-09-17 VLD Qrts Seven Lakes Manu Ramineni McNeil Srinithya Challa Aff Aff 2-1
Lake Travis Cavalier Classic HS 2020-09-17 VLD Octs Strake Jesuit Lucas Walker Seven Lakes Iris Cheng Neg
Lake Travis Cavalier Classic HS 2020-09-17 VLD R4 Austin SFA James Hartline Seven Lakes Manu Ramineni Aff
Lake Travis Cavalier Classic HS 2020-09-17 VLD R3 Liberty Hill Victoria Phegley McNeil Anjaly Roy Neg
Lake Travis Cavalier Classic HS 2020-09-17 VLD R1 Strake Jesuit Evan Proctor Vandegrift Van Dickerson Aff
Niles Township Invitational HS 2020-09-11 VCX R4 Walter Payton CG Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart FP Neg
Niles Township Invitational HS 2020-09-11 VCX R2 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart DB Leland SG Aff
Niles Township Invitational HS 2020-09-11 VCX R1 Glenbrook North OS Walter Payton MW Neg
South Texas Season Opener TFA vIQT hosted by Tuloso Midway and HS 2020-08-28 LD Final Teurlings Catholic Savoy Hebron Chan Aff Aff 3-0
South Texas Season Opener TFA vIQT hosted by Tuloso Midway and HS 2020-08-28 LD Quart Coppell Gunna Teurlings Catholic Savoy Neg Neg 3-0
South Texas Season Opener TFA vIQT hosted by Tuloso Midway and HS 2020-08-28 LD R3 La Vernia Hall Westwood Agarwal Neg
South Texas Season Opener TFA vIQT hosted by Tuloso Midway and HS 2020-08-28 LD R2 Bruni Delafuente Coppell Gunna Neg
South Texas Season Opener TFA vIQT hosted by Tuloso Midway and HS 2020-08-28 LD R1 Hebron Smith Westwood Baranga Neg
Central Texas NSDA Novice Tournament HS 2019-11-16 CX R4 Brandeis PG BoeChmp CH Aff Aff 2-0
Central Texas NSDA Novice Tournament HS 2019-11-16 CX R3 Boerne SM ECentral MS Aff Aff 2-0
Central Texas NSDA Novice Tournament HS 2019-11-16 CX R2 WinChu CH SmithVal BR Aff Aff 2-0
Central Texas NSDA Novice Tournament HS 2019-11-16 CX R1 BoeChmp HA WinChu DK Neg Neg 2-0
Winston Churchill Classic HS 2019-01-11 NLD Quarte Flower Mound HS 9th Grade Campus MT Louis D. Brandeis JV Aff Aff 3-0
Winston Churchill Classic HS 2019-01-11 NLD R4 James Madison SH San Marcos BR Aff