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: Tear Gas the Ferguson Riots
Resolved: Sort Elementary School Students by Ability
Resolved: Sit for the Pledge of Allegiance
Resolved: Don’t Appropriate My Cultural Symbols
Resolved: It is Art Because I Say It Is
Resolved: Universal Love is an Oxymoron
Resolved: Choose Your Death Date
Resolved: Big Sodas, Not Big Government
Resolved: Call Me the Chair
Resolved: Sacrifice Isaac
Resolved: Bros Before Hos/Hoes/Hose (Joke Debate)
Resolved: Be an Excellent Sheep
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.