Rajeev Godse Paradigm

Last changed 14 November 2020 9:39 PM EDT

Yes, put me on the email chain: rajgodse@gmail.com. Yes, please make an email chain. Even in LD and PF. All you need to include are cut cards, but calling for evidence wastes so much time.

Short version: Don’t adapt too much to me. Do what you do best and I’ll adjudicate it. I like fast debates, I view things through an offense-defense lens, and I think good final rebuttals write the ballot for me.

Who am I? I debated 1 year of LD and 3 years of Policy at Fox Chapel AHS in Pittsburgh. I have read all styles of argumentation. In my junior and senior years, I read mostly Policy arguments, while as a sophomore, I was a one-off K debater. Also, I was a 2N. I will tend to have a high level of Policy topic knowledge. I cut cards for other events, so I have peripheral knowledge of those.

Note for LD

I have a much higher threshold for theory than most judges, so if you choose to go for theory, you need to be winning a high risk of offense from your standards. I have a great deal of sympathy for reasonability arguments against theory that isn't Topicality. Also, for prefs, LARP>K>phil>trad>>>theory>tricks.

Note for PF

First, please don't see my paradigm and debate in a way that you're uncomfortable with. Second, on the burden of rejoinder. I'll leave it up to the debaters to read theory if they want me to do something else, but I'll otherwise default to thinking that starting in rebuttal, any argument from the previous speech that isn't answered in the current speech will be considered dropped. Case doesn't need to be extended until summary, but if an argument isn't in summary, it can't be in final focus. Hopefully, this leads to strategic concessions and argument choice (just going for your strongest contention or strongest internal link or whatnot), but it remains to be seen.

Policy Paradigm

Policy v Policy: My bread and butter. Don’t make me sad by having blippy debates. Impact turns are dope.

CP’s: I strongly believe that infinite conditionality is good. I probably lean neg on most other CP theory issues, except plainly stupid ones like Delay and sometimes Consult. For cheating CP’s, the Aff is much better suited to go for Perm: do the CP in front of me (if they win that their interpretation of competition is more debatable). As the Aff, it also might be worth it to try tricky perms (severance, intrinsic) to beat tricky CPs.

My favorite CP’s are highly specific to the Aff and potentially rehighlight Aff evidence.

DA’s: Love them. Read them. More specific = better. Neg blocks that extend varied warrants at each level of the debate make 1AR’s hard. When appropriate, 1AR’s that go for UQ overwhelms the link make me happy.

T (vs. plans): I default to Competing Interps. Very familiar with Policy topic interps and their nuances. I’ll evaluate them like a DA most of the time. Unless the Aff wins reasonability, they need offense to win T. I think overlimiting is a thing.

K lit? I’ve read a variety of it. As a debater, I mostly read things like Cap, Biopower, Security, Psychoanalysis. I’m also somewhat familiar with the literature surrounding K's of SetCol and Anti-Blackness. I'm less familiar with other K's relating to identity and high theory, but that just means you need to contextualize your explanations a little more.

K Affs v T: I've been on both sides of these debates. I’m sympathetic to the idea that offense from the Aff is offense against T, but I’m also sympathetic to arguments about clash and limits. If equally debated (which never happens btw), I lean neg in these debates. TVA's as CP's make little sense to me.

K v K: This should be fun. I think saying “no perms in a method debate” is vacuous absent substantiation of the claim. Root cause debates are probably important. The more specific links are to the Aff, the more likely I am to give negs all of their offense. The more that your links sound like a cede-the-political shell, the more I cry.

Policy Affs v. K: I love these debates and have had a lot of them (on both sides). If your style as the negative is more oriented towards treating K’s like a DA and CP, stick to that, but I think K’s are most powerful when aspects of framework are involved. Bonus points if the links create some uniqueness and you kick the alt. I'm less sympathetic to negative frameworks that tell me to ignore the Aff and more sympathetic to frameworks that implicate the truth claims of the Aff.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Deer Lakes Invitational HS 2021-02-18 PFD Final AR Setya & Komaragiri AW Khan & Wang Pro Pro 3-0
Deer Lakes Invitational HS 2021-02-18 PFD R4 AT Capella & Scherer AW Khan & Wang Con
Deer Lakes Invitational HS 2021-02-18 LD R3 AP Olivia Smathers AR Lamees Subeir Aff
Deer Lakes Invitational HS 2021-02-18 LD R2 AW Aashna Banerjee AP Mary Kate Monroe Aff
Deer Lakes Invitational HS 2021-02-18 LD R1 AW Aarti Vishwakarma AP Lauren Rajasenan Neg
Peninsula Invitational HS 2021-01-23 O CX Quar Head-Royce RW Damien DT Aff Aff 3-0
Peninsula Invitational HS 2021-01-23 O CX R2 Bravo VP Damien AD Neg
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 Pol Double Dulles JD ArcMit KB Neg Neg 3-0
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 Pol R5 Memori PQ Dulles AG Neg
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 NCX R3 Westwo PS Kinkai LT Neg
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 Pol R2 SMSOT ML Westwo CH Neg
Dalmasse Sterner Steel City Invitational HS 2020-11-14 PFD Semi AC Anilkumar & Das G Evans & Matous Pro Pro 3-0
Dalmasse Sterner Steel City Invitational HS 2020-11-14 JVLD R4 P Aarti Vishwakarma R Grace May Aff
Dalmasse Sterner Steel City Invitational HS 2020-11-14 LD R3 N Kedar Manda C Julia Feibusch Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK HS 2020-09-12 PD V R4 Kansas City Independent LW Cambridge HS RM Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK HS 2020-09-12 PD RS R3 Cambridge HS HL Bowie BM Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK MS 2020-09-12 PD N R2 Padre Pio KF St Mark's School of Texas GH Aff
NA Covid Charity Tournament HS 2020-05-30 Pol R3 North Allegheny Dassanaike & Lannis North Allegheny Duckworth & Tiwari Neg
NA Covid Charity Tournament HS 2020-05-30 PF R2 North Allegheny Nagarajan & Mallik North Allegheny Perera & Jain Con
Freshman Sophomore Tournament HS 2020-04-18 LD R4 E Saif Durrani M Shuban Tiwari Neg
Freshman Sophomore Tournament HS 2020-04-18 LD R3 C Lara Scherer E Saif Durrani Neg
Freshman Sophomore Tournament HS 2020-04-18 PFD R2 Maya Zimmerman & Gabriela Berger Scott Cheung & Nitish Sharma Con
USC Novice HS 2019-10-26 LD R4 AC Sahishnu Hanumolu J Srishti Raviprakash Aff
USC Novice HS 2018-10-27 LD R4 Ellis AR Oakland Catholic NO Neg
USC Novice HS 2018-10-27 PFD R3 Pittsburgh Central Catholic EM North Allegheny Sr NM Con
USC Novice HS 2018-10-27 PFD R1 Upper St Clair SA Pittsburgh Central Catholic BT Con
Upper St Clair Novice HS 2017-10-28 PFD R3 Upper St Clair CC Oakland Catholic AP Aff
Upper St Clair Novice HS 2017-10-28 PFD R2 Upper St Clair LG Shady Side JW Neg
Upper St Clair Novice HS 2017-10-28 PFD R1 Oakland Catholic GM Hampton KS Neg