William F. Buckley Jr.

How Neoconservatives Destroyed Southern Conservatism

By |2019-02-14T13:15:31-05:00May 10th, 2018|Categories: Agrarianism, Conservatism, Ideology, Neoconservatism, Politics, Russell Kirk, South, The Imaginative Conservative, William F. Buckley Jr.|

Neither the leftist Marxist multiculturalists nor the Neoconservatives reflect the genuine beliefs or inheritance left to us by those who came to these shores centuries ago. Both reject the historic conservatism of the South, which embodied that inheritance and the vision of the Founders… No discussion of Southern conservatism, its history and its relationship [...]

A True Conservative: Lee Edwards

By |2017-12-12T10:43:00-05:00December 12th, 2017|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Conservatism, History, Politics, Ronald Reagan, William F. Buckley Jr.|

Lee Edwards has not just known the greats of post-World War II conservatism, but he has also lived with them, and as one of them… Celebrating his eighty-fifth year on this earth, Lee Edwards is a remarkable cultural treasure, a man’s man, a gentleman’s gentleman, and a conservative’s conservative. Biographer of Ronald Reagan and [...]

Ten Books That Shaped America’s Conservative Renaissance

By |2019-06-24T16:15:25-05:00March 12th, 2017|Categories: Conservatism, Economics, Edmund Burke, Eric Voegelin, Featured, Friedrich Hayek, George Nash, Ludwig von Mises, M. E. Bradford, Robert Nisbet, Russell Kirk, T.S. Eliot, The Conservative Mind, The Imaginative Conservative, Timeless Essays, Wilhelm Roepke, William F. Buckley Jr.|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Jeffrey O. Nelson as he explores the books and thinkers who shaped America’s Conservative Renaissance. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher If a conservative order is indeed to return, we ought to know the tradition which is attached to it, so that we [...]

Must Digital Technology Make Enemies of Us All?

By |2019-04-23T16:06:12-05:00March 7th, 2017|Categories: Christopher Morrissey, Culture, Featured, Film, Information Age, Technology, William F. Buckley Jr.|

Given the choice, people would rather watch flat-out conflict and crosstalk rather than a more plodding format of elevated discourse and sober deliberation… The documentary film Best of Enemies (2015) is not just a compelling chronicle and contextualization of the famous 1968 television debates between William F. Buckley, Jr., and Gore Vidal. As the [...]

Leo Strauss: Escaping the Stifling Clutches of Historicism

By |2017-12-20T00:17:36-05:00April 7th, 2016|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, Friedrich Nietzsche, Great Books, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, John Locke, Leo Strauss, Plato, William F. Buckley Jr.|

Leo Strauss (1899-1973) was a native of Germany. "I was," he reported near the end of his life, "brought up in a conservative, even orthodox Jewish home some­where in a rural district of Germany."[1] Strauss received his doctorate from Hamburg University in 1921. In 1938, he emigrated to the United States and commenced teaching political [...]

Threatening Our Values

By |2016-05-09T17:35:14-05:00June 10th, 2015|Categories: Books, Civilization, Morality, Quotation, William F. Buckley Jr.|

“Certainly civilization cannot advance without freedom of inquiry. This fact is self-evident. What seems equally self-evident is that in the process of history certain immutable truths have been revealed and discovered and that their value is not subject to the limitations of time and space. The probing, the relentless debunking, has engendered a skepticism [...]

Guardians of the Word: Kirk, Buckley, and the Conservative Struggle with Academic Freedom

By |2015-10-19T23:36:49-05:00May 20th, 2014|Categories: Education, Liberal Learning, Russell Kirk, William F. Buckley Jr.|Tags: |

Russell Kirk and William F. Buckley Introduction The Conservative Movement’s Perpetual Civil War The conflict between advocates of the free market and traditionalist conservatives dates from the beginning of the modern conservative movement. Never have traditionalists and classical liberals comfortably shared the same space. The differences and ensuing conflicts between these two strands [...]

Remembering Barry Goldwater

By |2016-10-27T19:38:58-05:00January 10th, 2013|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, Conservatism, Ronald Reagan, William F. Buckley Jr.|

William F. Buckley, Jr., Flying High: Remembering Barry Goldwater (Basic Books, 2008). Buckley’s book, Flying High, is much more a memoir of the conservative movement in the early 1960s than it is a biography of Goldwater. Indeed, without the subtitle and the book dust jacket bearing a picture of Goldwater campaigning in 1964, this might very well have [...]

William F. Buckley and Individualist Conservatism

By |2014-01-02T16:18:53-05:00July 11th, 2012|Categories: Books, Conservatism, Gerald Russello, William F. Buckley Jr.|Tags: |

Buckley: William F. Buckley, Jr. and the Rise of American Conservatism, by Carl T. Bogus. Bloomsbury Press, 2011. William F. Buckley, Jr. continues to stand as the representative conservative of the postwar era. Bon vivant, former CIA operative, heir to an oil fortune—not to mention best-selling writer of spy novels and founding editor of National Review, [...]

‘Merciful towards the absurd’: Remembering William F. Buckley Jr.

By |2013-12-30T08:55:47-05:00February 4th, 2012|Categories: Catholicism, John Barnes, William F. Buckley Jr.|

Bill Buckley in his study.Photo courtesy of the New York Times. I married a woman far more organized than I am. Only three months into our nuptials, I’m still reeling from the reorganization my (our) residence is undergoing now that she lives here, too. It’s becoming a home rather than merely a [...]

How Conservatives Failed “The Culture ”

By |2019-04-07T10:52:26-05:00October 10th, 2011|Categories: Claes Ryn, Conservatism, Culture, Featured, Film, Irving Babbitt, Russell Kirk, William F. Buckley Jr.|Tags: |

Many supposedly intellectual conservatives seem to consider ideas and culture from afar, as it were, feeling no deep personal need for or intimate connection with them. Some are in a way attracted to the arts or even to philosophical speculation, but see no significant and immediate connection between these and the life of practice. Ideas [...]