William F. Buckley, Recquiset In Pace

27 February, 2008

One of the founders of modern conservatism, a man who managed to put a veneer of academia and intelligence on the basic formula rob from the poor and give to the rich, every man for himself and to hell with the idea that the government should help the poor, died today at the age of 82 from complications due to diabetes.  His multisyllabic mode of discourse made make even the most cruel and inhumane public policy palatable to  much of mainstream America.  He elevated conservatism from a knee-jerk reaction to Roosevelt into a cobbled together pseudo-philosophy which, despite its inherent contradictions and blatant favouring of the wealthy, became the dominant political movement of the late 20th century.  Like him or hate him, you can’t help but admire (in a sick and perverted way)* a man who would prostitute his intelligence for a little piece of fame and power.  Recquiset In Pace.

 *Philly Chief was right.  The words inside the parentheticals were not there before his comment.  I bow before wisdom.



  1. I can help it.

  2. I like the new look of the blog.

    Buckley was fairly cool considering his politics.

  3. Philly: Qualifier added. I did not intend the admiration to be a positive.

    John Evo: No question he was cool. But he also made Goldwater, Gingrich and Bush possible.

  4. He was not one of my heroes.

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