Tag Archives: William F. Buckley

Chris Hedges, Noam Chomsky, and Critical Thinking

At TruthDig last week, Chris Hedges reported on his interview with Noam Chomsky. Here’s what Chomsky told Hedges about the importance of critical thinking: “I try to encourage people to think for themselves, to question standard assumptions,” Chomsky said when … Continue reading

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My Daily Rant

Two of my biggest problems with Sarah Palin are: her painful syntax; and her (ab)use of English generally I like to see philosophical conservatism in the mix of ideas circulating, but could Republicans get some William F. Buckleys into the arena again, … Continue reading

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Is Argument an Act of Self Control?

Are those who council calm in argument in some sense complicitous in evil? Whence passion in debate? William Buckley (counseling calm) and Noam Chomsky (affirming passion) discuss the Vietnam War. I can’t help but hear resonances in our contemporary debates … Continue reading

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Noam Chomsky, Speaking to William F. Buckley, Defends Passion in Politics

And Chomsky thinks that it is the passive, the indifferent, and the calmly rational who are scary. He was talking, of course, at the time of the Vietnam War: The irony of this clip is that it is now conservatives, and … Continue reading

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Let My People Go?

Andrew Sullivan today deconstructs conservatism’s noxious captivity to talk radio: What strikes me is that talk radio, even more than the blogosphere, can promote ugly and inflammatory discourse in ways that even its purveyors find hard to control. The medium rewards certainty … Continue reading

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The Fifth Beatle: Conservative William F. Buckley on the Beatles—and What It Means for Barack Obama and Contemporary Conservatism

In 1964, William F. Buckley said of the Beatles:  “The Beatles are not merely awful. They are so unbelievably horrible, so appallingly unmusical, so dogmatically insensitive to the magic of the art, that they qualify as crowned heads of antimusic.” … Continue reading

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Excommunicated: After Publically Endorsing Obama, William F. Buckley’s Son, Christopher, Is Driven to Resign from National Review

At The Caucus blog today: Christopher Buckley, the author and son of the late conservative mainstay William F. Buckley, said in a telephone interview that he has resigned from the National Review, the political journal his father founded in 1955. … Continue reading

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William F. Buckley’s Son Endorses Obama: For Plain Good Humor and Thoughtfulness, Christopher Buckley’s Endorsement of Obama is a Great Read

Buckley has a great sense of humor, and is very, very smart. His support for Obama is also sincere—he is not joking.  This will be his first time voting for a Democrat: I’ve read Obama’s books, and they are first-rate. … Continue reading

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Think, and Think Different: An Image of William F. Buckley, Catholic Intellectual

  Whether you are a liberal or a conservative, religious or secular, William F. Buckley can be a role model, for he embodied civility and thoughtfulness.

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