Caucuses (or parties) serve as a defining part of the Union. Each one has unique political differences that bring like minded people together to discuss and present arguments and perspectives at our meetings and debates. They are also an important way for members to engage in social events and to build bonds with other members in the Union.
The Freedom Caucus
The Freedom Caucus is one of the Cornell Political Union's founding societies and its foremost association of conservative members. Although its membership is not confined to a specific tradition on the Right, it is committed to the essential values of constitutional democracy, limited government, rigorous debate, and the Western philosophical tradition. The Caucus is defined by its contradictions: it is at once populist but scholarly, conservative but stylistically ostentatious, and lighthearted but determined in its mission. At a time of intense political skepticism, the Freedom Caucus stands sincere in its sense of citizenship to the American political project.
As the largest and most diverse party, the Great Society is the foremost association of liberal thought in the Union. The members of the Great Society of the Cornell Political Union, believe that the ideals upon which this nation was founded were unlike any that had been proposed beforehand for their content. We believe that simply because this system of government was the first of its kind, this does not mean it is warranted to blindly cling to the traditions and ways of thinking which were sufficient to found. We do not take the revelation of what should be this self-evident truth as a rebuke or rejection of everything the United States has professed to stand for, nor as an admittance that the experiment has failed. Instead, we take this as a call to improve the nation in the exact way that it, as a nation of ideals and not of blood and soil, was intended to be changed, and has been changed - in the same ways that we now advocate, for its betterment and better fulfillment of its founding notions.
Solidarity is Cornell Political Union’s youngest and most radical caucus. In times of record income inequality, ascending nativism, and impending ecological collapse, we find that the solutions to these problems lie within the rich ideological tradition of the socialist left. At Solidarity, we believe in a world in which all humans have the right to dignity, self-determination, and agency. We believe that underlying the opulent prosperity of certain segments of the American population, which are well represented here on the Cornell campus, are fundamental injustices that erode the ability of the vast majority of people on this planet to achieve their full potential as human beings. Leftist movements have been at the forefront of combating racism, patriarchy, and class exploitation since their inception. We believe that people are not singularly motivated by greed, but instead envision a world in which empathy and cooperation are the backbone of a society that emancipates us from the misery and despair placed upon us by our fellow man.