The Yale Political Union consists of seven parties, catering to every angle of the political conversation. Feel free to contact each party’s Chair or Chairman to learn more about the party.
Chair: Ariel Murphy
Liberal Party: Known for challenging political assumptions and pushing the Union to the left from our seats at the front left of debates, the Libs don’t use parliamentary procedure or dress up for our own weekly discussions. Rather, we engage with each other on philosophical and political topics seminar-style, because we believe that the most important questions are better discussed than resolved. We prize intellectual engagement over competitive hostility, and you don’t petition the Liberal Party — you join it. In addition, the Libs put our beliefs to work with regular activist projects. And we’re a close-knit social group, bonding over weekly dinners, games nights, and other social events.
Party of the Left: The Party of the Left seeks to develop its Members as people and leaders and to develop a new vision of the Left. As such, the Party provides an open atmosphere for rigorous debate on topics that divide the Left. Through debates, spirited discussions, and activist events, the Party is ever-conscious of its essential relevance – always striving “to bring discourse to the outside world, and the outside world to discourse.”
Independent Party: As the oldest and largest party in the Union, the Independent Party is the only one that does not align itself with either the Right of the Left. Instead, we are a party of independent thinkers. Our motto is “Hear All Sides,” and this is an imperative we live by. At our weekly debates and our social events, you will find bold expressions of opinions that resist the claustrophobic categories of “liberal” and “conservative” popular in today’s politics. We believe that openness of mind is the truest mark of genuine intelligence.
Federalist Party: The Federalist Party is the youngest party of the Yale Political Union. It is a party for conservatives who seek to cultivate a knowledge of the ideas, cultural practices, and institutions that are essential to preserving the United States of America. Members of the Federalist Party coalesce around shared emphases upon traditional family values, religious faith, strong communal ties, and virtuous living, while viewing such modern social phenomena as the breakdown of the family, loss of religious faith, apathetic relativism, scientific materialism, and the homogeneity of suburban sprawl as causes for concern.
Conservative Party: The Conservative Party, one of Yale’s foremost philosophical debating societies, is a haven for those who believe that ideas have consequences and that the best of what has been thought and said by man deserves rigorous exploration.Though unified by a conservative disposition and hostility to thoughtless utopianism, members of the Conservative Party are not united by a single strand of the conventional political spectrum, but by a devotion to the critical inquiry and loyalty to Truth that so characterize our Western inheritance.
Tory Party: The Tory Party is the foremost society of conservatives within the Yale Political Union and the party of “reasoned conservatism” at Yale. The Party was founded in 1969 and is known for its thriving alumni network; a strong tendency towards the British aesthetic; and its fondness for speeches delivered with wit and levity. Tory debates cover a broad spectrum of topics, running the gamut from current events, modern politics, history, philosophy, aesthetics, popular culture, and campus life. The Tory Party requires all members to identify as “conservative” but does not maintain any party line, inviting conservatives of all kinds to petition for membership, and those of all political ideologies to visit the Tory floor.
Party of the Right: As the oldest party on the right, the Party of the Right was founded by members dissatisfied with the lack of true conservatism in the Union. It has no party line, saying instead that “We care not what you think, only that you think,” while its Members devote themselves to politics, philosophy, and debate instead of mere policy positions. The Party has been described in a Yale Herald article as “at once flamboyant, intellectually elitist, aggressive, mischievously subversive, eccentric, and maniacally eager to challenge anyone and everyone.”