Party of the Right (Yale)
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The Party of the Right (POR) is a fraternal, political, and intellectual organization founded in 1953, functioning secondarily as one of the parties within the Yale Political Union. The POR was founded by genuinely conservative members of what was then known as the Conservative Party (now known as the Independent Party), outraged by the Conservative Party's chairman's support of Adlai Stevenson in the 1952 U.S. presidential election, and is the third-oldest party in the Yale Political Union. Membership in the Party of the Right is elective, and is, as a quotation from the 1950s boasts, awarded on the basis on intellectualism, not ideology: "We care not what you think, only that you think."
The Party of the Right is most conservative of the seven Parties in the Yale Political Union. Its membership, however, has never been exclusively restricted to conservatives, and the POR's traditions and identity explicitly embrace both Traditionalism and Libertarianism.
The current Tory and Conservative Parties of the Yale Political Union originated as the results of schisms within the Party of the Right in 1968 and 1997.
Its membership has traditionally been divided between libertarian and (usually Roman Catholic) traditionalist camps, but POR debates are characteristically devoted much more commonly to philosophy, intellectual history, and culture than to current governmental issues and policy.[1 1] The POR has been described in a recent Yale Herald article as "at once flamboyant, intellectually elitist, aggressive, mischievously subversive, eccentric, and maniacally eager to challenge anyone and everyone."
Members of the POR publish Yale's only regular conservative publication, the Yale Free Press.
According to one former Associate Editor of the National Review, "The Party of the Right is the most important organization an intelligent young conservative can join in America today."
- M. Stanton Evans, Y 1955, journalist and author
- Alexander Tonio Ercklentz, POR Chairman, Fall 1956, partner, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.
- Jared Charles Lobdell, POR Chairman, Spring 1957, writer, teacher of literary criticism,
- Karl Ziebarth, POR Chairman, Fall 1958, international rail and transportation consultant
- Charles Gardner Mills IV, Y 1962, attorney
- Daniel H. Lowenstein, Y 1964, professor of law UCLA
- Jerry Edwin Smith, POR Chairman, Fall 1967, Federal Appellate Judge, 5th Circuit
- William Marshner, POR Chairman, Fall 1968, Professor of Theology, Christendom College
- Anthony R. Dolan, Y 1970, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, principal speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan
- Grover Rees, III, POR Chairman, Spring 1971, former US Ambassador
- Walter Olson, POR Chairman, Spring 1974, author and legal critic, senior fellow at the Cato Institute
- Eugene Bown Meyer, POR Chairman, Fall 1974, President, Federalist Society
- Doug Henwood, Y 1975, now a leftist, editor of Left Business Observer
- Richard Brookhiser, POR Chairman, Fall 1975, senior editor at National Review
- Lee Liberman Otis, POR Chairman, Spring 1976, former deputy White House counsel, co-founder of the Federalist Society
- Andrew Redleaf, POR Chairman, Spring 1978, president Whitebox Advisors
- Peter Keisler, Speaker, POR Chairman, Fall 1979, co-founder of the Federalist Society
- Steven Calabresi, President Yale Political Union, Fall 1978, Y 1980, co-founder of the Federalist Society, professor of law Northwestern University
- Maggie Gallagher, POR Chairman, Spring 1981, columnist
- Matthias Storme, M.A. 1982, professor of law Catholic University Leuven
- Fareed Zakaria, President of the Yale Political Union, Spring 1984, Y 1986, Newsweek columnist, editor of Time
- Robert Pollock, POR Chairman, Fall 1993, member of the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board
- Brian Carney, POR Chairman, Fall 1994, member of the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board
- Eve Tushnet, POR Chairman, Spring 2000, journalist
- "Parties". The Yale Political Union. Retrieved 24 December 2012.