James Baldwin vs William Buckley

Thanks to The New Inquiry for the link to this video in which James Baldwin and William Buckley debate whether “The American Dream is at the Expense of the American Negro”:

Brought together by the Cambridge Union Society at Cambridge University in 1965, this video shows a bunch of twee British white boys introducing one of the 20th century’s greatest artists and one of the 20th century’s biggest pricks. In a packed room in which he is perhaps the only person of color, Baldwin makes a devastating speech and wipes those centuries-old floors with Buckley’s smug, idiotic grin.


Did you enjoy watching that as much as I did? Then check out this video of Chomsky debating Buckley on Vietnam and Buckley losing his temper at Gore Vidal. I’m sure there are more of these out there, searching for this stuff reminds me what a goldmine YouTube is, but I should probably go back to doing some real work.

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