Every week the Independent Party gathers to debate a resolution addressing a challenging philosophical, cultural, or policy issue. The IP debate is not a contest; rather, it is a forum for the structured exchange of ideas about issues relevant to our world and to our lives. We follow Robert’s Rules of Order, which is easy for newcomers to pick up and ensures that the debate is fun, focused, and respectful. Once a semester, we have a joke debate, on a suitably hilarious resolution. After each debate, we traditionally adjourn to Yorkside, the esteemed New Haven pizza parlor, and continue working through the topic and hashing out our differences.
Some of our debates attract considerable campus attention. They have sparked wide-spread discussion about important issues and have been featured in the Yale Daily News.
Last semester, we debated:
- Resolved: Immigrants Should Assimilate
Resolved: Punch Nazis
Resolved: Legalize Assisted Suicide
Resolved: Support School Choice
Resolved: We’re Not The Good Guys
Resolved: Stigmatize Hookup Culture
Resolved: First Help Your Neighbor
Resolved: Art Is For The People
Resolved: Tend Your Own Garden
Resolved: Meritocracy Is Unjust
Resolved: I’m Over It (Joke Debate)
Resolved: Keep Religion Out Of The Public Sphere
IPsters also participate in the Yale Political Union’s weekly debate, keynoted by a prominent national figure. Our members are known for their active participation as docketed speakers, question-posers, and undocketed speakers on both the Left and the Right.