Jerry Newcombe on A Timeless Warning from William F. Buckley Jr.

How politically diverse is the Yale faculty today? According to an article by James Freeman in the Wall Street Journal: “0%.”

He notes, “Nobody looks to the Ivy League for balanced political discourse. But a new report suggests that on at least one campus, the stifling of conservative views among faculty members is nearly complete.”

I find this 12/9/19 report fascinating because recently I have been culling through the transcript of an old radio interview a cousin sent me of William F. Buckley, Jr., who attended Yale. Buckley was my mom’s first cousin. He founded National Review and was the father of the modern conservative movement.

Buckley wrote a book exposing its liberalism back then and caused quite a stir. The book was God and Man at Yale. The radio interview hosted by Bill Slater in 1951 is striking because it echoes today’s debates.

Buckley railed against the incongruity he saw at Yale: “the institution that derives its moral and financial support from Christian individualists and then addresses itself to the task of persuading the sons of these supporters to be atheist socialists.”

Buckley exposed the following quotes from textbooks on economics at Yale:

•There is no “‘right’ of private property, and the freedom to engage in business for oneself is not a basic freedom.”

•“The State must remedy the appalling inequality of income which most Americans regard as inequitable.”

•“The fear that increasing the public debt can make the nation go bankrupt is almost completely fallacious.”

•“To set the responsibility for attaining and maintaining full employment on the shoulders of individual consumers or individual business men is absurd.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jerry Newcombe