Party of the Right (Yale)
The Party of the Right (POR) is the oldest political Party on the Right of the Yale Political Union. The Party of the Right was founded in 1953 by members of the Union who believed there needed to be a stronger, more intellectually rigorous voice of conservatism within the Union. The POR has been described by the Yale Herald as "at once flamboyant, intellectually elitist, aggressive, mischievously subversive, eccentric, and maniacally eager to challenge anyone and everyone."
The Party of the Right is distinguished from other parties in the Union for the intensity of its debates and the convictions of its members. Whereas most parties' debates end after three hours, the Party of the Right typically debates for five or six. Members pride themselves on being willing to defend conservatism and more radical Rightist beliefs amidst a predominantly liberal and leftist campus. The dominant ideological discourse of the Party of the Right typically strikes a balance between libertarianism and traditionalism. Nevertheless, its membership represents a diverse range of political and philosophical beliefs: members often say of the Party, "We care not what you think, only that you think."
- M. Stanton Evans, Y 1955, journalist and author
- Alexander Tonio Ercklentz, POR Chairman, Fall 1956, partner, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.
- 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 and The Liscio Report on the Economy
- Richard Brookhiser, POR Chairman, Fall 1975, senior editor at National Review
- 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, Y 1986, author and journalist, TV commentator (CNN), editor-at-large TIME magazine
- David H. Steinberg, POR Chairman, Spring 1989, screenwriter and film director
- Jonathan H. Adler, POR Chairman, Spring 1990, legal commentator and law professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law
- 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