Eug Xu Paradigm

Last changed 1/12 12:02P PST

Last Updated 1/12/2020

*Please please please do not read any argument on suicide in front of me / provide graphic descriptions of anything mental health related without content warnings. Consequences may include me not being able to evaluate the debate or speak up about the fact that I cannot think about the debate resulting in me having no choice but to give you an auto loss & 0 speaks. Also, do not ask me why I can't engage with these arguments, I am under no obligation to answer that question even if I know you. I feel like this is a given but apparently it isn't. I think content warnings are good. If you want me to know anything message me on Facebook (just search “Eugenia Xu”) or email me at before the round and I'll do whatever I can to help.

tl;dr Read whatever you want as long as it’s not problematic. I’m kind of a K hack but I will be sad if they’re bad. plsplsplsnohandshakes

Hi I’m eug, I'm currently a junior debating in parli for the Nueva High School and I don't think I'm too terrible at it...? I have 3 years of background debating in parli & 4 weeks of VBI + lurking in the community worth of experience in LD. I also mod the facebook page Bad Debate Opinions (shameless plug), most of the self-deprecating jokes are me. I am a wannabe meme.

My pronouns are they/them. I have 0 tolerance for purposeful misgendering but I also don't expect everyone to be perfect.

I lean tech>truth starting from the 1AC; as the debate goes on I lean more truth>tech. I have a pretty high threshold for warranting, i.e. if you read an argument without a warrant I won’t evaluate it (if you assert that the plan helps the economy but give no explanation I won’t evaluate that argument). That applies to impacts, I default death, dehumanization and suffering bad, but you have to tell me what “economy” means in terms of those three things. All of my defaults can be disregarded if that argumentation is made in round. I've debated a lot of different things and I think I will have the ability to evaluate *most of* what you want to read. I do want you to slow down & repeat all advocacy texts and theory interps twice. I will be very happy if you pass me a text but I won’t ask you to unless it’s ridiculously long.

You can speak pretty in front of me but that's not going to improve your chances of winning or your speaker points.

Default to accessibility questions>K>theory>case and Metatheory>T>Theory but do what you want.

Ethics: Probably the most important part of my paradigm. I will auto drop you & give you 0 speaks if you impact turn/ deny structural violence & its impacts (i.e. arguments like racism good, ableism doesn't exist, antiqueerness has little/no impact, etc. This does not include arguments like cap good unless the argument is cap good because poverty good). Also auto drop & 0 speaks for using slurs. Sure, debate is a game but games can have impacts outside of the gameboard and I refuse to support argumentation that pushes marginalized communities out of debate even more by giving my ballot to them. Based on my own subject position I’m way more comfortable intervening against orientalist, linguistic, antiqueer/trans, & sexist violence, as well as certain forms of ableist violence. Doesn’t mean I won’t intervene against other kinds of violence, it just means that I’m a lot more hesitant to, say, as a solidly wealthy private school kid, decide what is and isn’t classist for other people because that seems pretty problematic.

T+Theory: I'm all for theory, I think it's really fun, and I’ve been known to read questionably theoretically legitimate shells at points in my career. My defaults are competing interps (as an offense-defense paradigm) > reasonability, drop the argument, and no RVIs. I'm very down to evaluate frivolous theory (which obviously is subjective and I’m not sure I can provide a brightline yet) though I’ll have a much higher threshold for warranting. Read a counterinterp, even if it isn’t tagged as one, make it clear what world(s) of debate that is an alternative to the interp you are defending. Text of the interp > spirit of the interp, meaning I’m binding you to the exact wording of the interpretation of debate you read, not what I arbitrarily thought you meant by it. I’m willing to be more interventionist when it comes to 2AC theory. OCIs (offensive counterinterps, meaning counterinterpretations that are read offensively; i.e. as something the reader of the interp violates) are lowkey fake but I’ll evaluate them. I’m pretty convinced that RVIs against 2AC theory are good but that’s not my default. I really like theory with K esque impacts because it's my two favorite things in debate colliding.

I’m pretty much down for whatever as far as theory goes (in terms of the shells you read or in terms of the dubiously theoretically legitimate arguments you make), but there are a few admittedly slightly arbitrary lines that can be pretty iffy for me: 1) bad (aka 99% of) spec shells, I will have a high threshold for warranting & also be very sad to vote on them; 2) ridiculously gerrymandered interps, once again, high threshold for warranting I’ll be sad; 3) frivolous theory in a round where there are serious arguments about identity being made, I WILL intervene against them.

Case: Despite what my debate career & the rest of my paradigm indicate, I'm totally down to evaluate case, but if the resolution is a bill, about a specific person, or is generally a bit obscure, do not expect me to know about it & please at least have a brief explanation. Down to vote for generics though I’d enjoy the debate more if the generics were less generic and more specific.

Framework / Impact framing: Do what you want, I'm familiar with utilitarianism & structural violence. I'm frankly bad at phil debate but I think I vaguely know how to evaluate it, chill with y’all reading consequentialism / truth testing as long as y’all explain things. I default to epistemic modesty, meaning I evaluate the strength of the impact x how much they’re winning their framework. Please do some meta weighing, it’s not done nearly enough. I default epistemic modesty.

Ks: *DO NOT READ AFROPESS IF YOU ARE NOT BLACK. I am inclined to autodrop nonblack debaters who read afropess; I’m still conflicted as to whether I as a nonblack person should be doing the callout in this way but for now this seems like the best solution. If you want to know why I think this is problematic, I’d recommend directly reading Zion Dixon, Joshua Porter, and Quinn Hughes’s article ON NON-BLACK AFROPESSIMISM.”

(for my novices, you can probably ignore this section J)

I like K strats, but they tend to either be REALLY bad or REALLY good with nothing in between. I’m more of an identity politics person than a high theory person but read whatever you want on either side of the res. Performances are cool, I’ve done quite a few of those. Very familiar (in the context of parli) with disability studies, kw/queer theory, and generics (cap, sec, biopower, etc). Have dabbled in DnG, race, setcol, and forms of fem, though don’t read any fem K in front of me that isn’t transfem or a race-based feminist criticism. Outside of strictly debate contexts I’ve looked a bit at art (particularly poetry) and magic/witchcraft/the like as revolutionary action, mostly in queer, disabled and decolonial contexts. I’ve read both optimistic and pessimistic arguments and understand how both function, though I’ve also explored what it means to reject the optimism/pessimism binary. I will actually cry if you read degger. Read T-USfg if you must, I’m more partial to it against high theory than identity politics but I’m willing to vote on it as long as it isn’t read in a problematic way. KvK is fun. Read Ks in front of me if you want feedback on a K project.

DON’T STEAL SCHOLARSHIP. Being an ally is different from speaking for others. Don’t be part of the problem.

I have 0 tolerance for kids spreading other people out with Ks and making it impossible for them to interact with their arguments. I'm probably gonna yeet your speaks pretty badly. This is the reason why K debate gets a bad rep in parli in the first place.

Speed is fine as long as both teams are comfortable with it, I'll clear you if I can't understand you but I won't penalize you for it because it's kind of bs for me to assume you know my limit on any given day. I will, however, penalize you if you refuse to accommodate your opponents when they can't understand you. I will also be skeptical if you continuously clear your opponents but speak faster than the speed you've slowed them to.

Speaks are arbitrary and I default giving every debater a 29 unless someone did something problematic outlined in my paradigm; unless I explicitly said that those actions were ones I’d give a 0 & L for, think incremental decreases in speaker points and likely nothing higher than a 27. If the tournament insists that I give different speaker points to everyone, I’ll change speaker points in increments of 0.1 so that the difference between the highest and lowest speaker is as tiny as possible. I won’t intervene against 30 speaks though I’ll squint really hard and judgmentally at you.

I protect against new arguments in the rebuttals but I'm not gonna get mad at points of order. If you POO more than twice and I think your POOs are correct I'll probably be a little more attentive to new arguments. I always say that it’s “under consideration” even if the POO is blatantly correct or false. Weighing isn’t new unless that argumentation is made. Layering arguments aren’t new unless there was a reasonable place in which the layering argument could have been before the rebuttal. New warrants usually don’t end up mattering in the scheme of the debate; in the case that one warrant makes the difference a W and a L; if it ends up mattering I’ll use the same logic of if the warrant could have come up earlier. That is also how I largely evaluate reclarifications of arguments.

Fact/value are not really my cup of tea in parli. Though I think value debate can be done well I don't really believe that fact debates can, though feel free to prove me wrong (it will take a lot). 100% totally down with framing fact/value as policy / fact as value & also totally down with Ks. Kind of very skeptical of trichot as drop the debater (or the idea that there’s a trichotomy of resolutions in general, tbh) & I'll be very sad if I have to vote on it. I think "more harm than good" = value but debate those resolutions how you want, I'm not going to intervene. In value debates, pls justify your v/vc and tell me what it means for me to evaluate arguments under your framework (i.e. theory of good and theory of right, tell me what I value and how I value it). Again, epistemic modesty.

Other things:

I love you but please PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE I don't do handshakes (like seriously, fist bumps r dope)

After having a lovely conversation about this, I've decided that I will treat all final answers to POIs as binding statements to avoid a floofton of chaos that could ensue if that were not true. (s/o to Alan Fishman)

I'm probably going to disclose my decision to you & give feedback. If it takes me forever, I’ll probably tell you that it’ll be in your rfd / feedback section but if it isn’t there feel free to message / email me. Feel free to discuss my decision with me if you think I'm missing something but don't try to argue with me / push me to change my decision.

Debate however you're comfortable! I have 0 business policing your body.

I kind of really don't forking care if you swear as long as it's not done in a derogatory way.

If I am in any way making the round uncomfortable (i.e. if I ask an uncomfortable question, if I misgender you, use a term that I reclaim for my own identity that oppresses you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable, allowing a team to mansplain at you, say something problematic, etc.) please do tell me if you feel safe doing so & we can discuss what I can do to make you feel more comfortable, or if you just want to get mad at me that’s fine too. This will not impact my decision or the speaker points I give you. Callouts & accountability are good and I welcome them at any time J That being said there’s a difference between calling me out for doing something problematic and mansplaining debate to me or invalidating my experiences. The latter I won’t listen to.

Remember that at the end of the day, we all lose rounds we shouldn’t have and whether you win or lose a round in front of me is not at all indicative of your value as a person or as a debater!

If you're confused about anything message me! 0 judgment if you do & 0 judgment if you don't message me because talking to people is hard.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Nueva Parli Invitational 1/12/2020 JPAR R4 Irvington MaSu Washington IG Aff
Nueva Parli Invitational 1/12/2020 JPAR R3 Los Altos VB Prospect DV Aff
Nueva Parli Invitational 1/12/2020 JPAR R2 Berkeley CF Cupertino Independent KL Neg
SCU Dempsey Cronin Invitational 11/22/2019 PFN R5 Monta Vista CD Stratagem Learning HH Aff
SCU Dempsey Cronin Invitational 11/22/2019 PFN R5 Castro Valley AH Golden State SL Aff
Nueva Parli Invitational 1/13/2019 JPAR R4 Crystal Springs Uplands WC Valley Christian TH Neg
Nueva Parli Invitational 1/13/2019 JPAR R3 Los Altos CS Crystal Springs Uplands HG Aff
Nueva Parli Invitational 1/13/2019 JPAR R2 Washington SR El Cerrito RM Neg
Nueva Parli Invitational 1/13/2019 JPAR R1 Notre Dame BP Crystal Springs Uplands KH Neg