William F. Buckley (1925-2008)

William F. Buckley (no relation), died today at his Stamford Conn. home.

He died while at work; if he had been given a choice on how to depart this world, I suspect that would have been exactly it. At home, still devoted to the war of ideas.

Buckley was a noted columnist, author, TV personality and generally considered the intellectual father of the modern conservative movement. From Jonah Goldberg:

As George Will once said, “before there was Ronald Reagan there was Barry Goldwater, before there was Goldwater there was National Review, and before there was National Review there was William F. Buckley.” As conservatives – and as Americans – we are all standing on his shoulders.

For me, at age 9, it was a whole new world that I discovered when I found Firing Line on a snowy PBS station. It wasn’t the intellect that attracted me then – I recognized it, but it would be years and decades before I could appreciate the arguments. It was the humor and wit. The repartee between Buckley and, particularly, John Kenneth Galbraith, was a revelation.

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