Tavern Debate: Evil Triumphs Upon Inaction

The Chicago Lawyers Chapter
Start : Tuesday, October 30, 2012 05:30 PM
End : Tuesday, October 30, 2012 07:30 PM

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The Metropolitan Club
233 South Wacker Drive
Willis Tower (f/k/a Sears Twr), 67th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606

Sacred and secular writers alike have posited that evil and/or guilt may result, or even proceed, from inaction. Other schools of thought only attribute such moral consequence to affirmative volitional acts. Philosophers, theologians, political thinkers and others are often challenged by the duties and privileges that may attach to any action or lack thereof. Does one commit – or at least contribute – to evil when s/he fails to take action? Come join the debate!

What is a Tavern Debate? It is a wholly extemporaneous (no notes allowed!) audience-participation debate on the resolution, conducted with provision of an open bar and food. Our audience usually includes a mix of conservative, libertarian, liberal, and contrarian thinkers, such that a good time is had by all who participate – whether as speakers or only as audience members. At the end of the debate period, the question is called, and a standing vote is taken to determine once and for all whether the resolution stands, after which the debate is adjourned and the bar is closed.

Registration details:

5:30 p.m. Reception
6:00 p.m. Gavel Drops

Cost: $25 if paid in advance*, $35 at the door ($30 cash/check at the door with current Federalist Society membership card or paid on-site membership sign-up)

Advance Purchase ONLY w/current Student I.D.

The dress code at The Metropolitan Club is business casual. Business casual dress does not allow jeans, sneakers or sandals.

*To Register/Pre-pay, RSVP by Noon, October 27, 2012 at

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