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I should sooner be governed by the first 2000 names in any phone book than by Yale students

I should sooner be governed by the first 2000 names in any phone book than by Yale students

Or college students at dozens of other campuses.

William F. Buckley Jr. had a great disdain for entrenched, self-perpetuating elites epitomized by thefaculty of Harvard:

I am obliged to confess I should sooner live in a society governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than in a society governed by the two thousand faculty members of Harvard University.

In light of our prior reporting on the “Demands” and protests at Yale, and considering this new video, I’d like to expand on Buckley’s theme:

Ami on the Street: Political satirist Ami Horowitz tests the waters at Yale University to see if today’s Ivy League students would actually sign a petition to repeal the first amendment
Watch video covering topics about Apple News, College, Dotcom Live, Education, First Amendment, and Personal Freedoms.


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William Buckley must never have visited the University of Chicago campus.I have several times. Plus they have a reputation in the region.

However bad harvard or Yale faculty would be the University of Chicago faculty would be ten times worse.

Oh wait. We got one running the country.

    Ragspierre in reply to HandyGandy. | December 16, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    It was not always so.

    The University Of Chicago was the home of Milton Friedman and others of the “Chicago school” of free market economics. It was a good place to be and to learn.

So, it appears that these whippersnappers want to revert to being primates and to start throwing food and feces at each other instead of speaking. This would work in fraternities.

DINORightMarie | December 16, 2015 at 4:31 pm

The “best and the brightest” Our “future leaders.”

Lord, help us and protect us from such ignoramuses.

I don’t believe these radicals represent the typical Yale student, although they may have the latter somewhat cowed.

I always wonder with this kind of thing, how many people answered the other way and didn’t make it onto the video.

But this is pretty bad.

That any free person would want to get rid of the First Amendment is a sign that the kiddos these days are being indoctrinated, not educated.

    MrMichael in reply to mumzieistired. | December 17, 2015 at 1:13 am

    It states in the film, that:

    “In under 60 minutes on campus I got 50 signatures from the Yale University community calling for the repeal of the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution” (go to 2:26 of the film)

    That doesn’t leave a lot of room for people to answer the other way.

    Also, he didn’t specify “Students”, he was honest enough to describe the people as members of the “Yale University community.” There may have been some professors mixed in. Maybe a Lunch Lady, or some such…

Char Char Binks | December 16, 2015 at 10:53 pm

Buckley was making a dig at Harvard, but look at what has happened to his alma mater.

The dummigentsia strike again!

Conservative0317 | December 17, 2015 at 9:51 am

The ultimate irony is, without the 1A, they would not be able to sign a petition to repeal the 1A!

Obviously there are a lot of Yale students who are there because they aren’t smart enough to be accepted to a trade school.