Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. “The Intellectual’s Responsibilities in a Totalitarian Age”

Firing Line Videos, Hoover Institution, taped on February 5, 1975, uploaded to YouTube on March 2, 2015.

Guest: Stephen Spender


Stephen Spender had spent the Thirties, as Mr. Buckley puts it, “dancing along the precipice, attempting at once literary integrity and Communist fellow traveling.” He recovered from that infatuation, and went on to become the first editor of the anti-Communist “Encounter.” No fireworks on this show, but illuminating discussion of the connections between art and politics.