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Tag Archives: William F. Buckley
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.