On February 25 at 6:30 P.M. in the University Chapel, the Phi Kappa Literary Society will be orchestrating the 50th year anniversary of “The Debate That Never Happened” between Sam Webb, National Chairperson of the Communist Party USA, and Dr. Greg Morin, a leader within the Georgia Libertarian Party. The topic of the evening shall be “Is Full Employment Possible Under Capitalism? Solving America’s Jobs Crisis.” To understand why this is such a special occasion, a bit of history is necessary.
50 years ago, in 1963, the University of Georgia was a much different place than it is today. Deep in the throes of the Cold War, and still in the wake of the McCarthy Era, geopolitical tension was palpable in ways unimaginable in our day and age. At the height of the ideological battle between communism and capitalism, the Phi Kappa Literary Society of UGA attempted to hold a debate between Arnold Johnson, director of the Information and Lecture Bureau of the Communist Party USA, and Dr. David Wright, leading economic authority at the University of Georgia. This attempt, however, was squelched by a unanimous vote of the Faculty Committee on Student Affairs. Then-President Aderhold went even further, accusing the Society of attempting to “incite riot.” In the spirit of free speech and debate that has guided the Phi Kappa Literary Society since its inception in 1820, we will recreate this debate on its 50th year anniversary.
The Phi Kappa Society also invites all guests to proceed across the North Campus quad to Phi Kappa Hall at the conclusion of the main debate to participate in another that shall be conducted solely by the members of the Phi Kappa Society. We will be hearing debate on the topic “Was Jesus a Communist or a Capitalist?” Guests are encouraged to take the floor to speak at this debate.
***While tickets are free, they are limited and in high demand. Please contact Ben Woodard at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to reserve tickets.