R: Public Schools are a Public Menace

The United States guarantee - indeed mandate - that all children receive an education. Public education is free and available to all children, and is dedicated to providing children the basic skills and cultural literacy they need to enter the workforce. Yet education is not merely to teach skills; it is meant to form students as persons. Can state-funded schools act as a force for truth, good, and unity in America? Or does American society, as an amalgam of morals and cultures, bring about inevitable conflict in public education?

Moreover, ought parents cede to the government power over shaping their children's minds and hearts? Or should communities educate children, instilling in them the values held by the community?

Join us to discuss education and related matters on Wednesday October 26th at 7:30 p.m. in the Riggs Study at St. Thomas More. All are welcome!


R: Take the Road More Traveled

Will it make all the difference? Modern society celebrates the individual; it promotes the idea that happiness is the result of choosing an original path. Yet is originality a presupposition to creativity, happiness, and individuality? Or is it the product of synthesizing existing ideas in new ways? 

What is the relationship between originality and objective truth? Can persons make genuinely original decisions while respecting a moral law, or do these norms require uniformity of action and thought?

We will be meeting Friday October 14th at 7:30 p.m. in the Berkeley Mendenhall Room with our alumni to debate originality and related matters. All are welcome!


R: Unite Under a Common Language

The USA is a cultural amalgam; citizens unite under distinctive American traditions even while paying homage to their heritage. Amidst this diversity, language has a unique unifying power both within traditions and across cultures; speaking the language of a community allows for participation in this community, and a common language allows different communities to communicate with one another. 

Although English is predominantly spoken in the United States, the government does not mandate a national language. Should English be designated as the national language of America as a marker of our unity? Should schools, courts, and public institutions use only English? Or should multiple languages be recognized as consistent with our identity as a nation of immigrants?

Please join us this Wednesday October 5th at 7:30 p.m. in the Berkeley Mendenhall Room to discuss an official national language. All are welcome!


R: You Have No Rights

The rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness number among the most recognizable of America's ideals. Yet many ideas and practices of rights have existed in societies among history. Some political structures promise only the right to life, some the right to property, and some no rights at all. 

Yet are rights derived from politics? Are they intrinsic to the human person, integral to a society, or insubstantial constructs? How can societies operate when their members hold different ideas of rights?

Join us in the Berkeley Mendenhall Room this Wednesday September 28th at 7:30 to debate this and related matters. All are welcome!


R: Walmart is Bad for America

Citizens often associate the American Dream with the flourishing of small businesses, operated by families and supported by local communities. Certainly this ideal seems to promote autonomy and civic engagement. Yet it may also result in inefficiency and a lack of resources for development.

Does big business provide a solution compatible with American culture? Is the Walmart ethos of expansion and reducing costs consistent with the American ideals of innovation and the free market, or does it result in a lack of individuality and the rise of destructive consumerism? Will big business result in homogenous communities, or will it allow for a new use and distribution of resources?

Join the Federalist Party this Wednesday, September 21st at 7:30 pm in the Berkeley Mendenhall Room to debate these and other questions economics and community. All are welcome!