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Proposition: Zachary Zertuche (Unaffiliated) vs. Opposition: DELETE ACCOUNT (Unaffiliated)

Judge: Joe Leeson-Schatz (Binghamton University)

Resolution: RESOLVED: The United Nations should adopt a resolution decrying or demanding an end to the annual dolphin hunt in Taiji, Japan.

  • Zachary Zertuche
    Zachary Zertuche

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    Posted at April 21, 2014 10:47:59PM EST by Zachary Zertuche



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    Posted at April 22, 2014 10:47:59PM EST by DELETE ACCOUNT



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    Posted at April 23, 2014 10:49:28PM EST by Zachary Zertuche



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    Posted at April 25, 2014 05:54:00PM EST by Zachary Zertuche



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    This match has been completed. Show the Decision.

    Submitted at April 28, 2014 01:14:59AM EST by Joe Leeson-Schatz

    Category Zachary Zertuche DELETE ACCOUNT
    Use of evidence: 5.5 5.5
    Delivery skill: 5 5
    Coherence of arguments: 5 4.6
    Responsiveness to opponent: 4.4 4.5
    Identification of key points: 4.5 5
    Comments: I like your start with definitions and qualifying your evidence. Good job on leading with your framework as well. I also think you do a good job balancing speed and clarity for a more public format. A little too much "one, sub point a, sub point b, etc". Good impacts with Bookchin, etc.

    Not as good at balancing speed with public format. But you're lucky you ended up with a judge who can flow in this round. You do a good job responding overall. I think you should do more impact turning against this strategy in terms of why capitalist solutions through mechanisms like the UN would be good. A lot of what you label as turns are either defense of offense that could be better developed. Isolating fewer pieces of offense and only making your best arguments given the time constraints of this format is better than just trying to put a bunch of answers on each flow.

    Both worlds don't exist in a capitalist world frame since his alternative directly rejects that. You need to either be making more pragmatism arguments / capitalism good / etc. The he participates in cap as well is not a great argument. Do more direct weighing of impacts instead of brushing aside his impacts and just attacking the solvency.
    Nice with the speciesism discourse kritik. You also do a good job balancing speed with clarity in a public format. "Animals" "Dehumanization" "Rights Approaches"
    You also have a good secondary argument about environmental lawmaking case turn as well. I like the cap k alternative. You could do more to explain how that would solve your speciesism/language kritik more.

    UN fails isn't offensive. You do a good job at extending your links against the use of UN / single issue campaigns / cap and state links. You're also doing a good job impacting out the problems of consumerism and capitalism. While you have a lot of evidence on why the alt can work, examples in your own words would be beneficial as well. You also made the right strategic choice not going for the language k. You could have concluded stronger on your rights based approaches fail argument.

    The decision is for the Opposition: DELETE ACCOUNT

    Reason for Decision:

    This is among the best online debates I've judged yet. Great performance by both.

    I ultimately vote for the opposition since I think the proposition's closing speech spent more time on ad homs and bad defense instead of the offensive arguments that exist. The opposition reads a lot of evidence about how the denial of the alternative is what enables capitalism to survive and that rejecting will lead the way to a world beyond cap, which turns the case because the (as stated in the opening prop) wealth fuels the drive to hunt dolphins. However, if the proposition spent more time on not just the effectiveness of the UN but the value of reformist initiatives, working within the state, and using rights appeals that would be a better strategy. I think that's what the root of this debate is really about and more time on that would have radically changed the way I evaluated the round.

    Again, great job to both of you. You did a very good job at bringing in elements of traditional competitive debate into an online format and made it very enjoyable to watch!


    Cool stuff you have got and you keep update all of us - Barbara Meyer on July 20, 2021 at 12:04AM EST
    This Binghampton speech & debate event was great, and I am glad I was a part of this event with my friends. I had a wonderful experience.
    - Jonathon Allen on June 21, 2021 at 02:15PM EST
    You too Steven, glad we got to have a solid critical debate, always exciting! Looking forward to watching some of your future rounds. Good luck! - Zachary Zertuche on April 28, 2014 at 09:08PM EST
    Zachary, thank you for the great debate and great job! I had a ton of fun with this one. - DELETE ACCOUNT on April 28, 2014 at 10:21AM EST

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