William F. Buckley

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William F. Buckley

William Frank Buckley, Jr., was a conservative American writer and commentator. He founded the political magazine National Review in 1955, hosted 1,429 episodes of the tv show Firing Line from 1966 to 1999, and was a columnist for the nationally syndicated newspapers. According to George H. Nash, a historian of the modern American conservative movement, his writing style was famous for its erudition, wit, and use of uncommon words.Buckley was "pr... obably the most important public intellectual in the United States in the past half century." "For a generation, he was the pre-eminent voice of American conservatism and its first great ecumenical figure." Buckley's primary intellectual achievement was to fuse traditional American political conservatism with economic libertarianism and anti-communism, laying the foundations for the modern American conservatism of US presidential candidate Barry Goldwater and US president Ronald Reagan Buckley has referred to himself as either libertarian or conservative "on and off." He resided in New York City and Stamford, Connecticut and frequently signed his name as "WFB." He was a practicing Catholic who regularly attended the traditional Connecticut Latin Mass.READ MORE

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Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.

The amount of money and of legal energy being given to prosecute hundreds of thousands of Americans who are caught with a few ounces of marijuana in their jeans simply makes no sense - the kindest way to put it. A sterner way to put it is that it is an outrage, an imposition on basic civil liberties and on the reasonable expenditure of social energy.

I would rather be governed by the first 2000 people in the Manhattan phone book than the entire faculty of Harvard.

A good debater is not necessarily an effective vote-getter: you can find a hole in your opponent's argument through which you could drive a coach and four ringing jingle bells all the way, and thrill at the crystallization of a truth wrung out from a bloody dialogue - which, however, may warm only you and your muse, while the smiling paralogist has in the meantime made votes by the tens of thousands.

I won't insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said.

Decent people should ignore politics, if only they could be confident that politics would ignore them

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