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. 

IPsters at a debate

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.