A Tavern Debate

The Chicago Lawyers Chapter
Start : Thursday, July 26, 2012 05:29 PM
End : Thursday, July 26, 2012 07:30 PM

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The Heartland Institute’s Library
1 South Wacker Dr. #2740
Chicago, IL 60606

The Chicago Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society presents:

A Tavern Debate
Resolved: Pragmatism must trump ideology for electoral success in national politics

Varied flavors of left, right, libertarian, independent, and all other self-identified or otherwise categorized ideologies each assert certain concepts as truths that should be a matter of law and/or policy. Whether due to their apathy, ignorance, or some other reason(s), voters rarely elect officials to national office who rigidly adhere to specific and consistent ideology. Notwithstanding rhetorical flourishes labeling public figures as socialists, capitalists, liberals, conservatives, libertarians, etc., almost all presidents, congressmen, senators, and even judges bow to public outcry directed media pressure or some perception of “practical exceptions” to their ideological rules. Is it even possible to attain and exercise power as an elected public servant while rigorously adhering to principles of – for example – classic libertarianism, or all such servants doomed to bow to the pressure and power of crony capitalism and the welfare state (on the other side, could an unapologetic socialist be elected and wield real power without compromise and subterfuge?) Come join the debate!

When it comes to the need for successful leadership, which side are you on? Can we maintain our freedom by voting for principled losers, or should we resign ourselves to accepting less-than-ideal candidates who are willing to sacrifice principle on the altar of pragmatism?

As always, this tavern debate is an audience participation event.

Registration details:

Cost: $25 if paid in advance, $35 at the door ($25 at the door with current Federalist Society membership card or Student I.D. in hand)

To Register/Pre-pay, RSVP by Noon, July 24, 2012 at

Space is limited; we reserve the right to refuse admission to anyone not pre-registered.