William F. Buckley, 1925-2008

I’m saddened to learn that William F. Buckley, one of the intellectual fathers of modern conservatism, has passed away at his home in Stamford, Connecticut. He was 82.

Buckley hosted Firing Line from 1966-1999 and founded National Review, and was also the author of several spy novels. Buckley was also a fusionist who sought to unite conservatives and libertarians which helped lay the groundwork for the Reagan presidency. His brand of conservatism was intellectual, not the emotion-based partisanship of most of today’s conservative pundits on cable news and talk radio, and conservatives of today would be well served to read some of his writings.

A great man has passed. RIP.

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