Hi, all. Here we go, our first Reading Right Book Club selection and meeting. We will meet as a rule the last Monday of each month at the Lydia Drake Library’s Pine Room, 7 PM, starting June 26, located at 340 High St, Pembroke. This is sponsored by the Pembroke Republican Town Committee, and I will be facilitating the first discussion.
Our first selection will be William Buckley’s God and Man At Yale.
This work by Buckley at age 24 is considered one of the three or four sources of the resurgence of conservative political thought in the mid 1900s. This, along with Russell Kirk’s “The Conservative Mind” and Michael Novak’s “The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism,” gave to those committed to the values expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution intellectual support. By these works much was done to escape the judgment of John Stuart Mill of the conservative tradition in politics as “the stupid party.”
GAMAY was Buckley’s reflection of the socialist and godless education he had received at Yale. His arguments were straightforward: first, Yale was undermining students’ faith in Christianity; second, Yale was promoting economic collectivism; and third, alumni should exert their influence to reverse the course of pedagogy at Yale.
The book has not lost influence over time and still stands as an accurate portrayal of the university world. Recent events on the university campus to shut down free speech along with the ill-considered tirades of faculty against capitalism demonstrate that Buckley’s diagnosis of campus ills have only tragically deepened.
The book is available on Kindle as well as book format. Reserve your copy now from the library if you choose not to buy the book.
You need not to have read the book to profit from the discussion. Google the book on the internet and find some reviews or go to youtube to view discussions of GAMAY. This will give you enough of a grasp of the book to meaningfully contribute and appreciate the conversation.
Invite your friends! Part of our goal is to give people of whatever political persuasion an opportunity to discuss important ideas.