“[D]emocracy can itself be as tyrannical as a dictatorship, since it is the extent, not the source, of government power that impinges on freedom." -William F. Buckley, Jr., God and Man at Yale

Honorable Mention: Buckley High School Essay Contest

By: Zain Anthar The following essay received an honorable mention at the Buckley Program’s spring semester high school essay contest. The topic was “What can we learn from William F. Buckley, Jr. today?”.  In today’s media landscape, political discussions have swayed towards partisanship at the expense of meaningful, probing dialogue. Politicians opt to conduct interviews with their... Continue Reading →

Third Place: Buckley High School Essay Contest

By: Gabrielle Vozzi The following essay was the third-place winner of the Buckley Program’s spring semester high school essay contest. The topic was “What can we learn from William F. Buckley, Jr. today?”.  Today, the United States is a divided nation as political polarization can be seen in every corner of the country. Now, more... Continue Reading →

Second Place: Buckley High School Essay Contest

By: Calla Bai The following essay was the second-place winner of the Buckley Program’s spring semester high school essay contest. The topic was “What can we learn from William F. Buckley, Jr. today?”.  Champion of conservatism and celebrated founder of the National Review, William F. Buckley Jr. was one of the most influential figures in... Continue Reading →

First Place: Buckley High School Essay Contest

By: Emma Weinheimer The following essay was the winner of the Buckley Program’s spring semester high school essay contest. The topic was “What can we learn from William F. Buckley, Jr. today?”.  William F. Buckley, Jr., certainly was a strong, conservative political mind with much to offer to the world. One could meander for hours through his... Continue Reading →

Third Place: Buckley College Essay Contest

By: Sophie Dillon The following essay was the third-place winner of the Buckley Program’s spring semester essay contest. The topic was “What can we learn from William F. Buckley, Jr. today?”.  Last November, America experienced one of its most surprising elections to date, when Donald Trump edged out a win in a presidential race so close... Continue Reading →

Second Place: Buckley College Essay Contest

By: Bernard Stanford The following essay was the second-place winner of the Buckley Program’s spring semester essay contest. The topic was “What can we learn from William F. Buckley, Jr. today?”.  Yale today has a delicate relationship with the concept of “namesakes.” On a university filled nearly to bursting with names (such that poor Messrs. Sterling,... Continue Reading →

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