John Fowle Paradigm

Last changed Wed, Sep 23, 2015 at 10:08 PM UTC

Hi, I'm John. I debated policy for the New School for 2 1/2 years, from fall of 2010 to fall of 2012. During my debate career I mostly argued kritiks, defended an advocacy rather than a topical plan, and refused to switch sides. Although there is nothing I totally refuse to vote on (so far), I probably vote for the kritik more often than most judges.

I tend to have a very high threshold on T and FW. On T, I default to resonability, and the neg will have to tell a clear abuse story to get my ballot. This means not just clearly identifying what the aff did wrong, but why it's important (with impacts). I tend to value education as a standard very highly in T debates.

On FW, if the 1AC includes a justification for their non-topical advocacy, then it's up to the neg to respond with offense against the aff's methodology and/or reasons to prefer topical affs for educational/political reasons. Arguing that the aff broke the rules, stole the neg's ground, or will always be able to defend that their principles are good is unlikely to get you far.

CP/DA debate: I'm more receptive than most judges to the argument that probability of impacts is at least as important as magnitude. I see very little value in debates where I end up weighing two far-fetched nuke war scenarios against each other. To paraphrase Boston College DoD John Katsulas, if you got up in front of Congress and argued that we must pass comprehensive immigration reform or humanity will go extinct, you would be thrown into a loony bin.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Event Rd Aff Neg Decision
Cornell Policy Tournament The Tournament of Love 10/7/2017 Open 1 Liberty BM Binghamton MD NEG
Cornell Policy Tournament The Tournament of Love 10/7/2017 Open 2 Liberty MR Binghamton MW NEG
Cornell Policy Tournament The Tournament of Love 10/7/2017 Open 3 Binghamton CM Cornell DC NEG
Cornell Policy Tournament The Tournament of Love 10/7/2017 Nov 4 Liberty CH Rochester VV AFF
Cornell Policy Tournament The Tournament of Love 10/7/2017 Open 5 Liberty AA NYU JL AFF
Cornell Policy Tournament The Tournament of Love 10/7/2017 Nov Q Liberty CH Binghamton MG AFF
Liberty CH on a 2-1
Cornell Policy Tournament The Tournament of Love 10/7/2017 Open Q NYU HR Liberty GK NEG
Liberty GK on a 2-1
Cornell Policy Tournament The Tournament of Love 10/7/2017 Open S Liberty GK Rochester GA NEG
Liberty GK on a 2-1
Cornell Policy Tournament The Tournament of Love 10/7/2017 Open F NYU BS Liberty GK AFF
NYU BS on a 3-0
Lakeland Westchester Classic 3/2/2017 NCX 1 Baltimore City TT Lexington LZ NEG
Lakeland Westchester Classic 3/2/2017 NCX 2 Washington Urban Debate League HM Lexington LL NEG
Lakeland Westchester Classic 3/2/2017 NCX 3 Edgemont BN Lexington MB NEG
Lakeland Westchester Classic 3/2/2017 NCX 4 Lexington CK Hunter AJ NEG
Lakeland Westchester Classic 3/2/2017 NCX 5 Lexington MP Newark Science BS AFF
Lakeland Westchester Classic 3/2/2017 NCX Quarters Hunter AJ Lexington LL AFF
Hunter AJ on a 3-0
Newark Invitational 1/5/2017 NPD 1 Newark Tech MR Technology RH AFF
Newark Invitational 1/5/2017 VPD 2 North Star Academy WA Lexington SK NEG
Ridge Debates 12/9/2016 VCX 1 Lexington AW North Star Academy AH AFF
Ridge Debates 12/9/2016 VCX 2 Loyola Blakefield SP Newark Science FS AFF
Ridge Debates 12/9/2016 NCX 3 Newark Science BG North Star Academy BA AFF
Ridge Debates 12/9/2016 NCX 4 North Star Academy TD Edgemont TT AFF
Ridge Debates 12/9/2016 VCX 5 Bronx HS Of Science IS Lexington XW NEG
Ridge Debates 12/9/2016 VCX Quarters Lexington KS Newark Science FS AFF
Lexington on a 3-0
Ridge Debates 12/9/2016 VCX Semis Lexington KS North Star Academy DY NEG
North Star on a 2-1
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/25/2015 JV 1 Liberty DW Binghamton TF AFF
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/25/2015 nov N 2 NYU IW Liberty SN AFF
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/25/2015 nov N 3 West Virginia BR Liberty MS NEG
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/25/2015 nov N 4 United States Military LS NYU PS NEG
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/25/2015 nov N 5 Binghamton MM United States Military MF AFF
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/25/2015 nov N 6 United States Military CK Liberty BM AFF
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/25/2015 nov Nov Octos Rochester KL Binghamton GB NEG
Binghamton on a 3-0
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/25/2015 nov Nov Quarters Liberty HM Binghamton HV NEG
Binghamton on a 2-1
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/25/2015 JV JV Finals Oklahoma SC Liberty OR NEG
Liberty OR on a 3-0
CEDA East Regionals at WCSU 2/21/2015 Nov 1 NYU LL Liberty DJ NEG
CEDA East Regionals at WCSU 2/21/2015 Nov 2 United States Military HM Rochester/Western Connecticut State HB NEG
CEDA East Regionals at WCSU 2/21/2015 Nov 3 United States Military GM Binghamton TG AFF
CEDA East Regionals at WCSU 2/21/2015 Nov 4 Binghamton AM Rochester GS AFF
CEDA East Regionals at WCSU 2/21/2015 JV Semis Binghamton SS Cornell RK NEG
Cornell RK on a 2-1
CEDA East Regionals at WCSU 2/21/2015 Nov Semis United States Military GM Cornell BK NEG
Cornell BK on a 3-0
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/14/2015 VLD 1 Dallastown OM Loyola Blakefield JH NEG
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/14/2015 VLD 2 Flower Mound CS Ridge WW NEG
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/14/2015 VLD 2 Loyola Blakefield JM NEG
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/14/2015 VLD 3 Lexington EJ Albany Academies DS AFF
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/14/2015 VLD 4 Lexington MZ Flower Mound AA NEG
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/14/2015 VLD 4 Loyola Blakefield JT Dallastown CG AFF
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/14/2015 PF 5 Princeton PY Haverford BK PRO
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/14/2015 VLD Double Flower Mound AA Monticello DA AFF
Flower Mou on a 2-1
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/14/2015 VLD Double Princeton MN Flower Mound JSt NEG
Flower Mou on a 3-0
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/14/2015 VLD Octo Loyola Blakefield JH Lexington CL NEG
Lexington on a 3-0
The 2014 Ridge Debates 12/12/2014 NCX 1 Eastside BG Lexington KZ NEG
The 2014 Ridge Debates 12/12/2014 VCX 2 Lexington XZ Stuyvesant CL AFF
The 2014 Ridge Debates 12/12/2014 VCX 3 University MB Lexington DL AFF
The 2014 Ridge Debates 12/12/2014 NCX 4 Stuyvesant HC Lexington JR NEG
The 2014 Ridge Debates 12/12/2014 VCX Quarters Eastside DD Newark Science AA NEG
Newark Sci on a 2-1
The 2014 Ridge Debates 12/12/2014 NCX Semis Lexington KZ Stuyvesant WC AFF
Lexington on a 2-1
Malcolm A Bump Memorial Tournament 11/14/2014 VLD 1 Delbarton VK Monticello DA NEG
Malcolm A Bump Memorial Tournament 11/14/2014 VLD 1 Manchester Essex MI Bronx Science DR NEG
Malcolm A Bump Memorial Tournament 11/14/2014 VLD 2 Lexington BW Byram Hills SC NEG
Malcolm A Bump Memorial Tournament 11/14/2014 VLD 2 Newark Science SS Stuyvesant KW AFF
Malcolm A Bump Memorial Tournament 11/14/2014 VLD 3 Byram Hills CSc Lexington KB AFF
Malcolm A Bump Memorial Tournament 11/14/2014 VLD 3 Newark Science BA Bronx Science ZPo NEG
Malcolm A Bump Memorial Tournament 11/14/2014 VLD 4 Ridge VKa Sacred Heart AT NEG
Malcolm A Bump Memorial Tournament 11/14/2014 VLD 4 Manchester Essex NA Newark Science AK NEG
Malcolm A Bump Memorial Tournament 11/14/2014 VLD 5 Delbarton EC Lexington CL NEG
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic at Walt Whitman 10/24/2014 VCX Round 1 Reservoir Smith & Smith ACORN Community Rashard & Robinson AFF
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic at Walt Whitman 10/24/2014 VCX Round 5 Edgemont Mohamed & Jin Baltimore City College Williams & Kannam AFF
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic at Walt Whitman 10/24/2014 VCX Round 6 Wilson Jacobovitz & Shapiro ACORN Community Fraser Vega AFF
New York City Invitational 10/16/2014 TD 1 Brooklyn Technical DH Pittsburgh Central Catholic WM NEG
New York City Invitational 10/16/2014 TD 2 Brooklyn Technical AN Wilson JS NEG
New York City Invitational 10/16/2014 TD 3 Stuyvesant YS Wilson FP NEG
New York City Invitational 10/16/2014 TD 5 Stuyvesant BD Brooklyn Technical DE NEG
New York City Invitational 10/16/2014 TD 6 East Kentwood OR Georgetown Day CT AFF
New York City Invitational 10/16/2014 TD Sextodecimos Westwood BR Baltimore City College GG NEG
Westwood B on a 2-1
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 JV 1 Rutgers-Newark JG West Virginia GP AFF
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 nov N 2 Liberty BL Rochester NZ AFF
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 open Opn 3 Binghamton CS Rutgers-Newark/Towson WG AFF
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 nov N 4 Binghamton SM Cornell XP AFF
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 nov N 5 Western Connecticut State BS Liberty MT NEG
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 nov N 6 George Mason CK Rochester GA NEG
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 nov Nov Octos Liberty EJ Binghamton LM AFF
Liberty EJ on a 2-1
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 JV JV Quarters West Virginia FO Western Connecticut State MM AFF
Western Co on a 2-1
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 nov Nov Semis Binghamton SB West Virginia MW AFF
Binghamton on a 3-0
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 nov Nov Finals Binghamton SB United States Military WC AFF
Binghamton on a 3-0
NYSDCA State 2014 3/29/2014 VLD 1 Hunter College BL Scarsdale ER AFF
NYSDCA State 2014 3/29/2014 NLD 5 Collegiate EW Byram Hills AS NEG
NYSDCA State 2014 3/29/2014 NLD 5 Byram Hills JBr Harrison AE AFF
NYSDCA State 2014 3/29/2014 VLD Partial O Scarsdale DW Hunter College BL AFF
Scarsdale on a 2-1
NYSDCA State 2014 3/29/2014 VLD Quarters Byram Hills AJ Hunter College SC NEG
Hunter Col on a 2-1
Westchester Classic Lakeland 2/28/2014 VLD 1 Kugnus ACTS JK Harrison EB NEG
Westchester Classic Lakeland 2/28/2014 VLD 1 Byram Hills PE NFA SD AFF
Westchester Classic Lakeland 2/28/2014 VLD 2 Byram Hills SC Hunter College NA AFF
Westchester Classic Lakeland 2/28/2014 VLD 2 Byram Hills AWu Agape Leaders Prep HP NEG
Westchester Classic Lakeland 2/28/2014 VPol 3 Lexington DS Edgemont JN NEG
Westchester Classic Lakeland 2/28/2014 VPol 4 Bishop Guertin SV River Hill SS NEG
Westchester Classic Lakeland 2/28/2014 VPol 5 Capitol Debate BP Agape Leaders Prep PS AFF
Westchester Classic Lakeland 2/28/2014 VPol Octafinals Newark Science SQ River Hill SS AFF
River Hill on a 2-1
Westchester Classic Lakeland 2/28/2014 VPol Quarterfinals Baltimore City College GB Agape Leaders Prep PS AFF
Baltimore on a 3-0
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 JVP 1 Niles North HL Lexington CD NEG
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 JVP 2 Weston GZ Niles North SM NEG
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 JVP 3 Lexington SD Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart MC NEG
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 JVP 4 Edgemont RC Lexington LM NEG
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 JVP 5 Agape Leaders Prep AC Casady HJ NEG
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 JVP Double Octafina Lexington KH Niles North SM AFF
Lexington on a 2-1
The 10th Scarsdale Invitational 2/7/2014 VLD 1 LaGuardia LM Stuyvesant LD AFF
The 10th Scarsdale Invitational 2/7/2014 VLD 2 Monticello DT Byram Hills AJe NEG
The 10th Scarsdale Invitational 2/7/2014 VLD 3 Newark Science AF Benjamin N Cardozo AB AFF
The 10th Scarsdale Invitational 2/7/2014 VLD 4 Byram Hills CG Randolph HK AFF
The 10th Scarsdale Invitational 2/7/2014 VLD 5 Lexington DA Ridge AS AFF
The 10th Scarsdale Invitational 2/7/2014 VLD 6 Regis FK Newark Science NS AFF
The 10th Scarsdale Invitational 2/7/2014 VLD Octa Hunter College DL Collegiate NE NEG
Hunter Col on a 2-1
MHL at Horace Mann 2/1/2014 NLD 2 Harris MRa Regis BR AFF
MHL at Horace Mann 2/1/2014 NLD 2 Regis MF ScsDle ZE NEG
MHL at Horace Mann 2/1/2014 JVLD 3 Regis DS HenHud MG AFF
MHL at Horace Mann 2/1/2014 JVLD 3 ScsDle AC Regis AA AFF
MHL at Horace Mann 2/1/2014 JVLD 4 Regis JA ScsDle LS AFF
Newark Invitational 1/4/2014 VPF 1 Regis FT Freehold Township CN NEG
Newark Invitational 1/4/2014 VPF 2 Princeton TN Regis CC NEG
Newark Invitational 1/4/2014 VPF 4 Summit HM Hunter College PM NEG
Regis Christmas Chlassic CFL 12/21/2013 BPol 1 Bronx Science Si Bronx Science Zh NEG
Regis Christmas Chlassic CFL 12/21/2013 BPol 2 Bronx Science Zh Bronx Science LC AFF
Regis Christmas Chlassic CFL 12/21/2013 NPol 3 Bronx Science BC Stuyvesant LC NEG
The Ridge Debates 2013 12/13/2013 NCX 1 Stuyvesant Zh Newark Science WJ NEG
The Ridge Debates 2013 12/13/2013 VCX 3 ACORN Community AL Eastside SA NEG
The Ridge Debates 2013 12/13/2013 VLD 4 Randolph EW Scarsdale DR AFF
The Ridge Debates 2013 12/13/2013 VLD 5 Stuyvesant SW Newark Science SS NEG
The Princeton Classic 12/6/2013 VLD 1 Cooper City ZS Harrison DD NEG
The Princeton Classic 12/6/2013 VLD 1 State College LP Collegiate AO NEG
The Princeton Classic 12/6/2013 VLD 2 Hunter DL Cooper City AG AFF
The Princeton Classic 12/6/2013 VLD 2 Hunter EL Monticello DT NEG
The Princeton Classic 12/6/2013 VLD 3 Ridge AR Montville BG AFF
The Princeton Classic 12/6/2013 VLD 3 Montville VH Byram CG NEG
The Princeton Classic 12/6/2013 VLD 5 Hunter SC Byram CS AFF
The Princeton Classic 12/6/2013 VLD 6 Monticello SB Byram AW NEG
The Princeton Classic 12/6/2013 VLD 6 Berkeley Carroll KS Byram PE NEG
The Princeton Classic 12/6/2013 VLD Runoff C Columbus MO Hunter SK AFF
C Columbus on a 3-0
The Princeton Classic 12/6/2013 VLD Doubles Monticello LS Hunter SC AFF
Monticello on a 2-1
The Princeton Classic 12/6/2013 VLD Doubles Hunter RH Harrison SR AFF
Hunter RH on a 2-1
The Princeton Classic 12/6/2013 VLD Octs Collegiate AO Montville JM AFF
Collegiate on a 3-0
Malcolm A Bump Memorial Tournament 11/15/2013 VLD 1 Ridge TT Newark Science AK AFF
Yale Invitational 9/20/2013 CX 1 Carrollton BG Loyola HS of Detroit LM AFF
Yale Invitational 9/20/2013 CX 2 NFA GP La Salle College GH NEG
Yale Invitational 9/20/2013 CX 3 Stuyvesant HC Lexington LM AFF
Yale Invitational 9/20/2013 CX 4 Kingwood MP Agape Leaders Prep KL AFF
Yale Invitational 9/20/2013 CX 5 Stuyvesant BD Albuquerque BG NEG
Yale Invitational 9/20/2013 CX Octo Agape Leaders Prep PY NYCUDL MN AFF
Newark Invitational 2/1/2013 VLD 3 RandolAS Regis MK NEG
Newark Invitational 2/1/2013 VLD 4 RandolNC Regis RM NEG
Newark Invitational 2/1/2013 VLD 5 PrinceDE MontviTS AFF