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Buckley apparently did not resist the ideas of collectivism as successfully as he thought. Instead, he chose to aim for winning a contemporary battle rather than defending the Permanent Things….

William F. Nevertheless the book has much to say that is still of value in an age in which the battles over school curricula and free speech on campus are as fierce as ever. The young Mr. Buckley also takes us back to the early days of the postwar American conservative intellectual movement and allows us to see how some American conservatives viewed themselves and their world. Most young people come to the university with a good grounding in the basic values they will carry with them for life.

But he was concerned about the fate of those students whose faith in God or individualism may have been wavering or in need of encouragement. Anyone whose faith needed encouragement certainly was not going to find it at the Yale described by Buckley. Most of the professors and textbooks regarded Christianity derisively as a prescientific superstition.

As far as individualism goes, most of the economics professors at Yale and the textbooks they employed, according to Buckley, considered capitalism outdated. Collectivism was the way of the future. But, you ask, what about academic freedom? There is no such thing as academic freedom, answered Buckley. All universities discriminate in the hiring of faculty. No reputable school, for instance, would hire someone to teach geography who believed the earth to be flat.

Since schools already denied academic freedom to those whose ideas were factually wrong, Buckley argued that it would be no further infringement of academic freedom to refuse to hire those whose ideas or values were contrary to those of the community the university served.

Critics might see in this the potential for a dictatorial university administration tyrannizing over the faculty and enforcing ideological conformity on the entire university community. Not Buckley. He failed to see why anyone should assume that the administration would misuse its power. Ultimately we are all at the mercy of the collective action of men. There is no alternative to faith that men will act reasonably.

If pessimism about this prevailed, societal life would be impossible. Herein is the problem with this otherwise fine book. If that statement is not an endorsement of collectivism, I do not know what is. In that one brief statement Buckley made the case for the desirability of a strong central government, a generous interpretation of the powers conferred by the Constitution on Congress, and collective action for the good of society.

James Madison is a better guide to conservative principles. Buckley would have done better to have focused on basic conservative principles such as tradition, faith, family, limited constitutional government, and distrust of centralization. Instead, he chose to aim for winning a contemporary battle rather than defending the Permanent Things. Conservatives today would do well to guard against falling into the same trap. Will you help us remain a refreshing oasis in the increasingly contentious arena of modern discourse?

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Buckley, having just left Yale in , posited that the ethos of Christian humanism on which the university was founded was being actively undermined by many who rejected that ethos while embracing atheistic Marxism. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Previous Next. Instead, he chose to aim for winning a contemporary battle rather than defending the Permanent Things… William F.

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God and Man at Yale: The Superstitions of "Academic Freedom."

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables. This extremely well-written book traces the development and dominance of agnosticism and collectivism in the texts and teachings in one of our oldest universities. Yale was founded to upraise spiritual leaders and has been supported by the fruits of a free economy. It is supposedly one of the more conservative institutions of higher learning. According to the author, its students are exposed to predominantly antireligious and frankly collectivist doctrines in the courses that deal with economics and religion, outside of the School of Religion.

William F. Buckley, Jr. The book is and should remain an important part of the conservative canon. It harshly criticized Yale, which Buckley attended, for imposing a collectivist and secular ideology on its students. It had an impact on both American higher education in particular and, in turn, society at large.

God and Man at Yale: The Superstitions of "Academic Freedom."

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Buckley apparently did not resist the ideas of collectivism as successfully as he thought. Instead, he chose to aim for winning a contemporary battle rather than defending the Permanent Things…. William F. Nevertheless the book has much to say that is still of value in an age in which the battles over school curricula and free speech on campus are as fierce as ever.

The semester is quickly drawing to a close. This was the first week back after the Thanksgiving break, and it was a short one. Tuesday was the last day of regular classes, Wednesday was a makeup day for the Labor Day holiday, and Thursday the reading period before finals began.

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