The Baruch College Republicans hosted “Communism Vs. Capitalism: An Honest Discussion,” where students gathered to watch a presentation about different political philosophies and have candid conversations on the current political climate. The club, also known as The Right Wings, held the panel on April 12.
The club invited Winter Green, the 17-year-old founder of GetPolitical, to moderate.
GetPolitical is an organization that strives to inform students about the civic system and encourage political engagement through bipartisan education and civic discussion.
Green began the presentation by describing her engagements in politics and current affairs, starting with her parents’ political affiliation and her own awareness during the 2008 presidential election.
She went on to educate the attendees about different political theories by detailing what each theory entails, where it originates and what specific examples
To conclude the event, Green posed questions about controversial issues in the national political debate and asked students what their opinions were.
Students spoke about their views on President Donald Trump, their engagement in elections, universal health care, tax cuts, military spending and implementing work requirements in Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security
“This is [why] I like the Republicans a lot,” Gregory Usvitsky, a member of the club’s e-board, said. “There is no unilateral thought in the process. I like the individualist thinkers.”
In the current hyper-partisan and divisive era of politics, almost all members of The Right Wings distance themselves from the national Republican Party and refuse to align themselves with any politicians in order to purify ideological discussion.
“Usually in the club, we’d like to maintain that we don’t really stand for any political candidate — or even policy,” said club president and founder, Vincent Gangemi. “Because we don’t like to exclude anyone.”
Gangemi and other club members wanted to discuss political theories that are right-of-center in the political spectrum.
There are, Gangemi noted, club members who are both more moderate and radical than him. He created the club to foster an environment in which people with different political views can express themselves and not be seen as political outcasts in traditionally liberal college campuses.
Part of Gangemi’s mission as club president is to have The Right Wings be nationally recognized.
The club is currently supported by Turning Point USA, a conservative nonprofit organization, and is recognized by New York Federation of College Republicans. He also recently introduced a fifth position, director of marketing, to the club’s e-board.
Gangemi acknowledged the difficulty of getting their voices heard. “You can’t really take the politics out of the club because the club is a political club,” he said. “We are in an uphill battle.