William Frank Buckley
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Mr. Buckley
Political Party: Conservative Party of New York State
Education: National Autonomous University of Mexico

Vassar College

Yale University

Religion Catholic
Born November 24, 1925
Died February 27, 2008

William F. Buckley (November 24, 1925 – February 27, 2008) was an American political commentator from the 20th Century. A prominent conservative in a time when that seemed almost oxymoronic, Buckley is sometimes seen as an ancestor of the modern American right-wing, although in many ways he differs radically from the modern right. Most especially, his was an intellectual conservatism; he matriculated at Yale University and became well known for his erudition and powerful argumentative skills. As you will read below, he was mostly full of horseshit, but then again, this is the American brand of intellectualism we're dealing with.

Buckley's prominent works included God and Man at Yale, a critique of secularism in academia; Firing Line, a political debate TV show in which he displayed both the aforementioned erudition and a willingness to actually listen to his opponents; and most importantly, the conservative paper National Review. (You can see how well the National Review has turned out without him.)



  1. Roger Chapman. Culture Wars: an encyclopedia of issues, viewpoints, and voices (2009)
  2. Jennifer Burns, Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right (2010)
  3. Oh boy did Buckley have quite the weakness for No true Scotsman
  4. Though wingnuts have hated him ever since he endorsed Obama in 2008. [1]
  6. The famous video itself
  7. Judis. William F. Buckley, Jr.: Patron Saint of the Conservatives
  9. National Review, 10/26/1957
  10. National Review, 11/23/1998
  11. Buckley, William F. (1954). McCarthy and His Enemies: The Record and Its Meaning. Degenery Publishing, p. 132. ISBN 0-89526-472-2.

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