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In this episode of Firing Line, William F. Buckley, Jr. questions Tom Wolfe about his book Radical Chic and Mau-mauing the Flak Catchers.

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The Painted Word had angered whichever portions of the intelligentsia had not previously been hostile to Mr. Wolfe.

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What made Southern literature distinctive? Is it distinctive still? This show starts a little slowly--Miss Welty in particular is thoughtful rather than quick--but we soon get to the heart of the matter.

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The first Firing Line appearance for Professor Adler, a buoyant thinker and teacher. The "great ideas" get into the discussion, but not separately from the way people are, or should be, introduced to them.

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A matter-versus-anti-matter meeting between WFB and a man he characterizes as being "listed in anybody's catalogue as among the half-dozen top heroes of the New Left."

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Mr. Buckley begins by explaining that "This program is designed as a forum for the exchange of opinions. I would like to think that I would suppress any opinions of my own that differ from Mother Teresa's and I propose, therefore, to be inordinately, gratefully quiet as we listen to her."

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The series lives up to its billing, starting with this session featuring the leader of the behaviorist school of psychology and a leader in cognitive theory.

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"Anyone who has followed the political-correctness debate knows," as Michael Kinsley puts it, "that, by reputation at least, we are at the heart of the beast. It was here at the University of Pennsylvania last year that a white freshman was charged with racial harassment for calling a group of black women 'water buffalo.'

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The exchanges are frustrating at times, Mr. Marx being so relentlessly, well, Groucho. But it's fun and sometimes illuminating to see this mythic figure on someone else's turf.

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Under Arizona law, Mr. Goldwater had had to give up his Senate seat to run for the Presidency, and so at the moment he was a private citizen-though still, even after his disastrous defeat, the acknowledged leader of the conservative wing of the Republican Party.

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