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.


The Great Society

As the largest and most diverse party, the Great Society is the foremost association of liberal thought in the Union. We, 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 it but have now been laid bare as nothing short of inhumane in their principle, and woefully unequal in their application. 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 that the Union is 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.