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 →

First Place: Buckley Program College Essay Contest

By: Zach Young The following essay was the winner of the Buckley Program's spring semester essay contest. The topic was "What can we learn from William F. Buckley, Jr. today?".  “The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.” - William F. Buckley, Jr. Upon exiting the 1787 Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin purportedly encountered an... Continue Reading →

TWIB: Failed Foreign Policy in the Middle East

Editors' note: This week, following President Obama's recent "We don't have a strategy yet" gaffe, we turn to WFB's take on the foreign policy of a different president. As part of his syndicated column called On the Right, Buckley wrote the following piece with the title "Now Do You Understand?" and with a bit of his usual wit. Originally published on August 22, 1980, this piece criticizes President Carter for trying to resolve the hostage crisis in Iran by appealing to the Ayatollah through none other than Muammar Qaddafi.

TWIB: Bill Buckley and Big Words

In all his years of writing, Bill Buckley always had a penchant for using big words, and this style of his did not go without criticism. In fact, an editor once wrote to him, saying that he assumed that Buckley used big words because "(1) you like to show off, and (2) you take delight in irritating people." In response to these charges and others, Buckley wrote a defense of his vast vocabulary in a noteworthy op-ed in The New York Times from 1986.

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