The Federalist Party is a conservative debating society, and one of the seven parties in the Yale Political Union (YPU). We hold weekly debates—typically on Wednesday nights—and come together with the other parties at YPU debates on Tuesday nights. Our debates tend to address issues of particular interest to American conservatives, including economics, religion, family, culture, foreign policy, and—true to our name—federalism. We also debate deeper philosophical questions relevant to broader conservative thought in an effort to better understand what it means to live the good life. In addition to debates, Federalists spend time together over meals, toasting sessions, movie nights, basketball games, and other impromptu gatherings. We also host several guest speakers throughout the year.
Our inaugural debate of the year, on Resolved: It Is Evil to Negotiate with Evil, will be held on Wednesday, September 2nd, at 7:00 pm in the Mendenhall Room of Berkeley College’s North Court (immediately adjacent to the north entrance of Bass Library; see map). This resolution was inspired by the ongoing debate over the Iranian nuclear agreement, which many have labeled a futile attempt to appease evil. Our debates—and other events—are open to everyone, and this debate in particular should be of interest to students of all political creeds. We look forward to seeing you!