(Video: Mr. Buckley debating U.S. foreign policy with Noam Chomsky on Firing Line in 1969.)
William F. Buckley Jr., a major force in shaping modern American conservatism and a critic of academic culture, at his home, at the age of 82.
Mr. Buckleyâ€™s 1951 book, God and Man at Yale: The Superstitions of â€œAcademic Freedom,â€ condemned his alma mater for abandoning free-market and religious orthodoxies. He called on his fellow Yale alumni to agitate for a return to the universityâ€™s core principles, which (in his account) were Christian and individualist.
God and Man at Yale brought Mr. Buckley fame at the age of 26 and set a template for many subsequent right-wing critiques of academe, including Allan Bloomâ€™s The Closing of the American Mind (1987) and Ross Douthatâ€™s Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class (2005).
Mr. Buckley had recently endorsed Carl Middleton’s forthcoming book Great Quotations that Shaped Western Civilization published by Paragon House.