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 Binghamton MD
Cornell Policy Tournament The Tournament of Love 10/7/2017 Open 2 Liberty MR Binghamton MW NEG Binghamton MW
Cornell Policy Tournament The Tournament of Love 10/7/2017 Open 3 Binghamton CM Cornell DC NEG Cornell DC
Cornell Policy Tournament The Tournament of Love 10/7/2017 Nov 4 Liberty CH Rochester VV AFF Liberty CH
Cornell Policy Tournament The Tournament of Love 10/7/2017 Open 5 Liberty AA NYU JL AFF Liberty AA
Cornell Policy Tournament The Tournament of Love 10/7/2017 Nov Q Liberty CH Binghamton MG AFF Liberty CH
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
Liberty GK on a 2-1
Cornell Policy Tournament The Tournament of Love 10/7/2017 Open S Liberty GK Rochester GA NEG Rochester GA
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
NYU BS on a 3-0
Lakeland Westchester Classic 3/2/2017 NCX 1 Baltimore City TT Lexington LZ NEG Lexington LZ
Lakeland Westchester Classic 3/2/2017 NCX 2 Washington Urban Debate League HM Lexington LL NEG Lexington LL
Lakeland Westchester Classic 3/2/2017 NCX 3 Edgemont BN Lexington MB NEG Lexington MB
Lakeland Westchester Classic 3/2/2017 NCX 4 Lexington CK Hunter AJ NEG Hunter AJ
Lakeland Westchester Classic 3/2/2017 NCX 5 Lexington MP Newark Science BS AFF Lexington MP
Lakeland Westchester Classic 3/2/2017 NCX Quarters Hunter AJ Lexington LL AFF Hunter AJ
Hunter AJ on a 3-0
2017 Newark Invitational 1/5/2017 NPD 1 Newark Tech MR Technology RH AFF Newark Tech MR
2017 Newark Invitational 1/5/2017 VPD 2 North Star Academy WA Lexington SK NEG Lexington SK
Ridge Debates 12/9/2016 VCX 1 Lexington AW North Star Academy AH AFF Lexington AW
Ridge Debates 12/9/2016 VCX 2 Loyola Blakefield SP Newark Science FS AFF Loyola Blakefield SP
Ridge Debates 12/9/2016 NCX 3 Newark Science BG North Star Academy BA AFF Newark Science BG
Ridge Debates 12/9/2016 NCX 4 North Star Academy TD Edgemont TT AFF North Star Academy TD
Ridge Debates 12/9/2016 VCX 5 Bronx HS Of Science IS Lexington XW NEG Lexington XW
Ridge Debates 12/9/2016 VCX Quarters Lexington KS Newark Science FS AFF Lexington KS
Lexington KS on a 3-0
Ridge Debates 12/9/2016 VCX Semis Lexington KS North Star Academy DY NEG North Star Academy DY
North Star Academy DY on a 2-1
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/25/2015 JV 1 Liberty DW Binghamton TF AFF Liberty DW
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/25/2015 nov N 2 NYU IW Liberty SN AFF NYU IW
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/25/2015 nov N 3 West Virginia BR Liberty MS NEG Liberty MS
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/25/2015 nov N 4 United States Military LS NYU PS NEG NYU PS
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/25/2015 nov N 5 Binghamton MM United States Military MF AFF Binghamton MM
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/25/2015 nov N 6 United States Military CK Liberty BM AFF United States Military CK
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/25/2015 nov Nov Octos Rochester KL Binghamton GB NEG Binghamton GB
Binghamton GB on a 3-0
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/25/2015 nov Nov Quarters Liberty HM Binghamton HV NEG Binghamton HV
Binghamton HV on a 2-1
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/25/2015 JV JV Finals Oklahoma SC Liberty OR NEG Liberty OR
Liberty OR on a 3-0
CEDA East Regionals at WCSU 2/21/2015 Nov 1 NYU LL Liberty DJ NEG Liberty DJ
CEDA East Regionals at WCSU 2/21/2015 Nov 2 United States Military HM Rochester/Western Connecticut State HB NEG Rochester/Western Connecticut State HB
CEDA East Regionals at WCSU 2/21/2015 Nov 3 United States Military GM Binghamton TG AFF United States Military GM
CEDA East Regionals at WCSU 2/21/2015 Nov 4 Binghamton AM Rochester GS AFF Binghamton AM
CEDA East Regionals at WCSU 2/21/2015 JV Semis Binghamton SS Cornell RK NEG Cornell RK
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
Cornell BK on a 3-0
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/14/2015 VLD 1 Dallastown OM Loyola Blakefield JH NEG Loyola Blakefield JH
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/14/2015 VLD 2 Flower Mound CS Ridge WW NEG Ridge WW
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/14/2015 VLD 2 Loyola Blakefield JM NEG Loyola Blakefield JM
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/14/2015 VLD 3 Lexington EJ Albany Academies DS AFF Lexington EJ
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/14/2015 VLD 4 Lexington MZ Flower Mound AA NEG Flower Mound AA
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/14/2015 VLD 4 Loyola Blakefield JT Dallastown CG AFF Loyola Blakefield JT
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/14/2015 PF 5 Princeton PY Haverford BK PRO Princeton PY
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/14/2015 VLD Double Flower Mound AA Monticello DA AFF Flower Mound AA
Flower Mound AA on a 2-1
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/14/2015 VLD Double Princeton MN Flower Mound JSt NEG Flower Mound JSt
Flower Mound JSt on a 3-0
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/14/2015 VLD Octo Loyola Blakefield JH Lexington CL NEG Lexington CL
Lexington CL on a 3-0
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/17/2015 VCX 1 Newark Science SF Brooklyn Independent Debate AN NEG Brooklyn Independent Debate AN
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/17/2015 VCX 2 Charlestown UR Brooklyn Independent Debate QT NEG Brooklyn Independent Debate QT
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/17/2015 VCX 3 Brooklyn Independent Debate CS Baltimore City College US AFF Brooklyn Independent Debate CS
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/17/2015 VCX 4 Brooklyn Independent Debate ZP Bishop Guertin AK NEG Bishop Guertin AK
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/17/2015 VCX 5 Newark Science AM Debate Rhode Island WS AFF Newark Science AM
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/17/2015 VCX 6 Newark Science BM Baltimore City College ID NEG Baltimore City College ID
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/17/2015 VCX Doubles Edgemont GC Brooklyn Independent Debate DE NEG Brooklyn Independent Debate DE
Brooklyn Independent Debate DE on a 2-1
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/17/2015 VCX Octos St. Vincent de Paul DM Baltimore City College ID NEG Baltimore City College ID
Baltimore City College ID on a 3-0
The 2014 Ridge Debates 12/12/2014 NCX 1 Eastside BG Lexington KZ NEG Lexington KZ
The 2014 Ridge Debates 12/12/2014 VCX 2 Lexington XZ Stuyvesant CL AFF Lexington XZ
The 2014 Ridge Debates 12/12/2014 VCX 3 University MB Lexington DL AFF University MB
The 2014 Ridge Debates 12/12/2014 NCX 4 Stuyvesant HC Lexington JR NEG Lexington JR
The 2014 Ridge Debates 12/12/2014 VCX Quarters Eastside DD Newark Science AA NEG Newark Science AA
Newark Science AA on a 2-1
The 2014 Ridge Debates 12/12/2014 NCX Semis Lexington KZ Stuyvesant WC AFF Lexington KZ
Lexington KZ on a 2-1
Malcolm A Bump Memorial Tournament 11/14/2014 VLD 1 Delbarton VK Monticello DA NEG Monticello DA
Malcolm A Bump Memorial Tournament 11/14/2014 VLD 1 Manchester Essex MI Bronx Science DR NEG Bronx Science DR
Malcolm A Bump Memorial Tournament 11/14/2014 VLD 2 Lexington BW Byram Hills SC NEG Byram Hills SC
Malcolm A Bump Memorial Tournament 11/14/2014 VLD 2 Newark Science SS Stuyvesant KW AFF Newark Science SS
Malcolm A Bump Memorial Tournament 11/14/2014 VLD 3 Byram Hills CSc Lexington KB AFF Byram Hills CSc
Malcolm A Bump Memorial Tournament 11/14/2014 VLD 3 Newark Science BA Bronx Science ZPo NEG Bronx Science ZPo
Malcolm A Bump Memorial Tournament 11/14/2014 VLD 4 Ridge VKa Sacred Heart AT NEG Sacred Heart AT
Malcolm A Bump Memorial Tournament 11/14/2014 VLD 4 Manchester Essex NA Newark Science AK NEG Newark Science AK
Malcolm A Bump Memorial Tournament 11/14/2014 VLD 5 Delbarton EC Lexington CL NEG Lexington CL
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic at Walt Whitman 10/24/2014 VCX Round 1 Reservoir Smith & Smith ACORN Community Rashard & Robinson AFF Reservoir Smith & Smith
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic at Walt Whitman 10/24/2014 VCX Round 5 Edgemont Mohamed & Jin Baltimore City College Williams & Kannam AFF Edgemont Mohamed & Jin
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic at Walt Whitman 10/24/2014 VCX Round 6 Wilson Jacobovitz & Shapiro ACORN Community Fraser Vega AFF Wilson Jacobovitz & Shapiro
New York City Invitational 10/16/2014 TD 1 Brooklyn Technical DH Pittsburgh Central Catholic WM NEG Pittsburgh Central Catholic WM
New York City Invitational 10/16/2014 TD 2 Brooklyn Technical AN Wilson JS NEG Wilson JS
New York City Invitational 10/16/2014 TD 3 Stuyvesant YS Wilson FP NEG Wilson FP
New York City Invitational 10/16/2014 TD 5 Stuyvesant BD Brooklyn Technical DE NEG Brooklyn Technical DE
New York City Invitational 10/16/2014 TD 6 East Kentwood OR Georgetown Day CT AFF East Kentwood OR
New York City Invitational 10/16/2014 TD Sextodecimos Westwood BR Baltimore City College GG NEG Baltimore City College GG
Westwood BR on a 2-1
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 JV 1 Rutgers-Newark JG West Virginia GP AFF Rutgers-Newark JG
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 nov N 2 Liberty BL Rochester NZ AFF Liberty BL
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 open Opn 3 Binghamton CS Rutgers-Newark/Towson WG AFF Binghamton CS
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 nov N 4 Binghamton SM Cornell XP AFF Binghamton SM
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 nov N 5 Western Connecticut State BS Liberty MT NEG Liberty MT
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 nov N 6 George Mason CK Rochester GA NEG Rochester GA
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 nov Nov Octos Liberty EJ Binghamton LM AFF Liberty EJ
Liberty EJ on a 2-1
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 JV JV Quarters West Virginia FO Western Connecticut State MM AFF West Virginia FO
Western Connecticut State MM on a 2-1
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 nov Nov Semis Binghamton SB West Virginia MW AFF Binghamton SB
Binghamton SB on a 3-0
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 nov Nov Finals Binghamton SB United States Military WC AFF Binghamton SB
Binghamton SB on a 3-0
NYSDCA State 2014 3/29/2014 VLD 1 Hunter College BL Scarsdale ER AFF Hunter College BL
NYSDCA State 2014 3/29/2014 NLD 5 Collegiate EW Byram Hills AS NEG Byram Hills AS
NYSDCA State 2014 3/29/2014 NLD 5 Byram Hills JBr Harrison AE AFF Byram Hills JBr
NYSDCA State 2014 3/29/2014 VLD Partial O Scarsdale DW Hunter College BL AFF Scarsdale DW
Scarsdale DW on a 2-1
NYSDCA State 2014 3/29/2014 VLD Quarters Byram Hills AJ Hunter College SC NEG Hunter College SC
Hunter College SC on a 2-1
Westchester Classic Lakeland 2/28/2014 VLD 1 Kugnus ACTS JK Harrison EB NEG Harrison EB
Westchester Classic Lakeland 2/28/2014 VLD 1 Byram Hills PE NFA SD AFF Byram Hills PE
Westchester Classic Lakeland 2/28/2014 VLD 2 Byram Hills SC Hunter College NA AFF Byram Hills SC
Westchester Classic Lakeland 2/28/2014 VLD 2 Byram Hills AWu Agape Leaders Prep HP NEG Agape Leaders Prep HP
Westchester Classic Lakeland 2/28/2014 VPol 3 Lexington DS Edgemont JN NEG Edgemont JN
Westchester Classic Lakeland 2/28/2014 VPol 4 Bishop Guertin SV River Hill SS NEG River Hill SS
Westchester Classic Lakeland 2/28/2014 VPol 5 Capitol Debate BP Agape Leaders Prep PS AFF Capitol Debate BP
Westchester Classic Lakeland 2/28/2014 VPol Octafinals Newark Science SQ River Hill SS AFF Newark Science SQ
River Hill SS on a 2-1
Westchester Classic Lakeland 2/28/2014 VPol Quarterfinals Baltimore City College GB Agape Leaders Prep PS AFF Baltimore City College GB
Baltimore City College GB on a 3-0
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 JVP 1 Niles North HL Lexington CD NEG Lexington CD
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 JVP 2 Weston GZ Niles North SM NEG Niles North SM
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 JVP 3 Lexington SD Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart MC NEG Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart MC
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 JVP 4 Edgemont RC Lexington LM NEG Lexington LM
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 JVP 5 Agape Leaders Prep AC Casady HJ NEG Casady HJ
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 JVP Double Octafina Lexington KH Niles North SM AFF Lexington KH
Lexington KH on a 2-1
The 10th Scarsdale Invitational 2/7/2014 VLD 1 LaGuardia LM Stuyvesant LD AFF LaGuardia LM
The 10th Scarsdale Invitational 2/7/2014 VLD 2 Monticello DT Byram Hills AJe NEG Byram Hills AJe
The 10th Scarsdale Invitational 2/7/2014 VLD 3 Newark Science AF Benjamin N Cardozo AB AFF Newark Science AF
The 10th Scarsdale Invitational 2/7/2014 VLD 4 Byram Hills CG Randolph HK AFF Byram Hills CG
The 10th Scarsdale Invitational 2/7/2014 VLD 5 Lexington DA Ridge AS AFF Lexington DA
The 10th Scarsdale Invitational 2/7/2014 VLD 6 Regis FK Newark Science NS AFF Regis FK
The 10th Scarsdale Invitational 2/7/2014 VLD Octa Hunter College DL Collegiate NE NEG Collegiate NE
Hunter College DL on a 2-1
MHL at Horace Mann 2/1/2014 NLD 2 Harris MRa Regis BR AFF Harris MRa
MHL at Horace Mann 2/1/2014 NLD 2 Regis MF ScsDle ZE NEG ScsDle ZE
MHL at Horace Mann 2/1/2014 JVLD 3 Regis DS HenHud MG AFF Regis DS
MHL at Horace Mann 2/1/2014 JVLD 3 ScsDle AC Regis AA AFF ScsDle AC
MHL at Horace Mann 2/1/2014 JVLD 4 Regis JA ScsDle LS AFF Regis JA
Newark Invitational 1/4/2014 VPF 1 Regis FT Freehold Township CN NEG Freehold Township CN
Newark Invitational 1/4/2014 VPF 2 Princeton TN Regis CC NEG Regis CC
Newark Invitational 1/4/2014 VPF 4 Summit HM Hunter College PM NEG Hunter College PM
Regis Christmas Chlassic CFL 12/21/2013 BPol 1 Bronx Science Si Bronx Science Zh NEG Bronx Science Zh
Regis Christmas Chlassic CFL 12/21/2013 BPol 2 Bronx Science Zh Bronx Science LC AFF Bronx Science Zh
Regis Christmas Chlassic CFL 12/21/2013 NPol 3 Bronx Science BC Stuyvesant LC NEG Stuyvesant LC
The Ridge Debates 2013 12/13/2013 NCX 1 Stuyvesant Zh Newark Science WJ NEG Newark Science WJ
The Ridge Debates 2013 12/13/2013 VCX 3 ACORN Community AL Eastside SA NEG Eastside SA
The Ridge Debates 2013 12/13/2013 VLD 4 Randolph EW Scarsdale DR AFF Randolph EW
The Ridge Debates 2013 12/13/2013 VLD 5 Stuyvesant SW Newark Science SS NEG Newark Science SS
The Princeton Classic 12/6/2013 VLD 1 Cooper City ZS Harrison DD NEG Harrison DD
The Princeton Classic 12/6/2013 VLD 1 State College LP Collegiate AO NEG Collegiate AO
The Princeton Classic 12/6/2013 VLD 2 Hunter DL Cooper City AG AFF Hunter DL
The Princeton Classic 12/6/2013 VLD 2 Hunter EL Monticello DT NEG Monticello DT
The Princeton Classic 12/6/2013 VLD 3 Ridge AR Montville BG AFF Ridge AR
The Princeton Classic 12/6/2013 VLD 3 Montville VH Byram CG NEG Byram CG
The Princeton Classic 12/6/2013 VLD 5 Hunter SC Byram CS AFF Hunter SC
The Princeton Classic 12/6/2013 VLD 6 Monticello SB Byram AW NEG Byram AW
The Princeton Classic 12/6/2013 VLD 6 Berkeley Carroll KS Byram PE NEG Byram PE
The Princeton Classic 12/6/2013 VLD Runoff C Columbus MO Hunter SK AFF C Columbus MO
C Columbus MO on a 3-0
The Princeton Classic 12/6/2013 VLD Doubles Monticello LS Hunter SC AFF Monticello LS
Monticello LS on a 2-1
The Princeton Classic 12/6/2013 VLD Doubles Hunter RH Harrison SR AFF Hunter RH
Hunter RH on a 2-1
The Princeton Classic 12/6/2013 VLD Octs Collegiate AO Montville JM AFF Collegiate AO
Collegiate AO on a 3-0
Malcolm A Bump Memorial Tournament 11/15/2013 VLD 1 Ridge TT Newark Science AK AFF Ridge TT
Yale Invitational 9/20/2013 CX 1 Carrollton BG Loyola HS of Detroit LM AFF Carrollton BG
Yale Invitational 9/20/2013 CX 2 NFA GP La Salle College GH NEG La Salle College GH
Yale Invitational 9/20/2013 CX 3 Stuyvesant HC Lexington LM AFF Stuyvesant HC
Yale Invitational 9/20/2013 CX 4 Kingwood MP Agape Leaders Prep KL AFF Kingwood MP
Yale Invitational 9/20/2013 CX 5 Stuyvesant BD Albuquerque BG NEG Albuquerque BG
Yale Invitational 9/20/2013 CX Octo Agape Leaders Prep PY NYCUDL MN AFF Agape Leaders Prep PY
Newark Invitational 2/1/2013 VLD 3 RandolAS Regis MK NEG Regis MK
Newark Invitational 2/1/2013 VLD 4 RandolNC Regis RM NEG Regis RM
Newark Invitational 2/1/2013 VLD 5 PrinceDE MontviTS AFF PrinceDE