R: This House Prefers D.C. to NY

It is no secret that a Yale degree opens up many pathways to success. As one searches through OCS, CIPE, and the Fellowships database, and ponders how career choice relates to the good life, we must ask: should our society prefer public service to private enterprise? Considering the state of modern government, should we orient ourselves towards success in NGO's and other industries, or should the well-educated flock to civil service? What constitutes a successful life and how should we orient our time at Yale towards it? 

Come this Wednesday, December 5th at at 7:30 p.m. to the Berkeley Mendenhall Room for our final debate of the semester, Resolved: This House Prefers DC to NY. All are welcome!




R: Reinstate an Index of Forbidden Books

The Index Librorum Prohibitorum was a list of books once forbidden by the authorities of the Roman Catholic church as they were dangerous to the faith or morals of the people. Although a relic of the past, it brings to light the question: is there any knowledge that should be forbidden? In a nation which prizes free speech and expression, are we entitled to read literature like the Anarchist Cookbook or Steal This Book?  Some may argue that censorship is a child of fear and only breeds ignorance, while others may believe it is prudent for societies to limit access to harmful knowledge. Freedom of expression has tangible consequences, occasionally physically dangerous ones. How many of those consequences should we accept?

Come this Thursday, November 29th at at 7:30 p.m. to the Berkeley Mendenhall Room for Resolved: Reinstate an Index of Forbidden Books. All are welcome!




R: Tolerance is a Virtue

Tolerance has dominated the national dialogue, covering significant issues from marriage to religion. In an age where "Coexist" bumper stickers belong on every Prius and the rhetoric of relativism pervades academic life, we must grapple with the implications of a culture of liberalism which prioritizes acceptance even over reason. What differences between people should we tolerate, both as individuals and as a society? Is tolerance a good in itself, a virtue, or simply the means to another end? 

Come this Friday, November 6th at at 7:30 p.m. to the Berkeley Mendenhall Room for Resolved: Tolerance is a Virtue. All are welcome!




R: Wake Up From the American Dream

This week, join the Federalist Party to discuss the merits and character of the American nation. A revolution turned country which inspired De Tocqueville, Arendt, and more to produce new theories of revolution, authority, legitimacy, and democracy. But in an age of polarization, judicial activism, and general unrest, can we still claim to hold those same principles which inspired a generation to revolution? Did the American Dream die when manifest destiny came to fruition? Or is it intrinsic to the people, tradition carried on through the Constitutional texts and practices of a nation? Are the visions of Madison, Jay, and Hamilton still enshrined in the character of America? Or is the glory of the founders simply remnant of a long past dream, unrealistic and unobtainable? 

Come this Friday, November 2nd at at 7:30 p.m. to the Saybrook Athenaeum Room for Resolved: Wake Up From the American Dream. All are welcome!




R: Man is Made to Work

Step back from laborious study this week and join the Federalist Party to discuss the value of all those hours of toil and exertion invested in your studies. Are all those hours of drudgery simply disciplining you and allowing you to flourish in accordance with your human nature? Man is a creature with a great capacity for reason and creativity, able to produce and innovate to build new economic orders and reshape society. But is man a purposed creature, requiring labor to fulfill it's own humanity or are we simply investing our sweat and tears now so that someday the world reaches an economic order where labor is limited, voluntary, or even rare? 

Come this Thursday, October 25th at at 7:30 p.m. to the Berkeley Mendenhall Room for Resolved: Man is Made to Work. All are welcome!