Andrew Bacrau ParadigmLast changed 2/4 9:58P UTC
I am currently an undergraduate senior at the George Washington University in DC. I`m double majoring in International Relations and Philoosphy. I`ve done some Parliamentary debate in college, but my relevant experience for this circuit comes from high school. One year of LD and one year of CX.
Since I`ve been out of the CX circuit for a while, my capacity to listen and comprehend 500+ words/minute is not in the same shape it`s been four years ago, so please take it a little slower than what maybe you are used to in order to preserve clarity and intelligibility. As for my views on CX debate, these are some useful things you can keep in mind:
1. I can vote on anything, in so far as you explain me why that particular argument is THE MOST significant argument in the round. Show me through analysis why that argument in itself should be the sole reason for the ballot.
2. I believe that Topicality is the "greyest" style of argumentation in CX. Yes it can win, but I`ve often seen teams that either just drop it in the NEG block or do a poor job of explaining its salience. It can be a strong argument but you need to explain me why the AFF doesn`t follow the linguistic rules that ought to be conducted in debate.
3. I`m interested in whatever critiques are popular in the current format. Just remember to explain me the link properly. Just because you read the Genealogy of Morals or some Adorno does not necessarily give you either an intellectual insight into their arguments nor some sort of literary authority. Don`t assume I know much about your K and explain why that particular level of abstractness enables your links to flow in the way you think they do. If you choose Analytic Philosophers your job is most likely going to be easier, because they are more explicit about how their i/l work in relation to the impact they`re trying to portray. Continental Philosophers [Hegel, Zizek] are also welcomed, but their style of argumentation lies more in the power of interpretation- and yes, Zizek is continental.
4. As for foreign policy, please remember that you cannot invent causal links on the spot. I know that the usage of nuclear weapons is going to be a predominant discussion. Please keep in mind that the US` security policy framework is heavily revolved around bureaucracies and SOP`s [Standard Operating Procedures]. I am aware of academics [including from reputable universities] that will make the same mistakes of creating these imaginary leaps into the manifestation of policy action. I prefer literature for people that work for the Dept. of State or any national organization of its like, but all arguments are fair game if you can persuade me on politics.
If you have any questions regarding my views, feel free to ask before the round stards. Either to clarify what is already here or add upon something that was not mentioned. Best of luck!