Wednesday, February 27, 2008

William F. Buckley Jr. RIP

The American conservative movement lost one of its founding fathers today.

I just heard the news that William F. Buckley Jr. passed away at his home in Connecticut.

I owe a great deal to Buckely and his magazine.

When I first discovered National Review I was in the midst of political maturation process from a liberal by default to a proud conservative. I strongly believe that conservatism is, at its heart, a temperament. Its a temperament I've always had, but never fully understood until National Review exposed me to the serious intellectual and philosophical roots that gird it. The writers and thinkers whose eloquent words grace the pages of National Review provided me an education far better than anything I learned as an undergraduate or graduate student.

American conservatism begins with Buckley and National Review, his life's work and legacy offer an example how to advance and articulate conservative ideas with intellectual rigor, civility, and panache.


Some of Buckley's greatest quotes:

"A Conservative is a fellow who is standing athwart history yelling "Stop!"”

“Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.”

“I'd rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.”

“Liberals, it has been said, are generous with other peoples' money, except when it comes to questions of national survival when they prefer to be generous with other people's freedom and security.”

“I mean to live my life an obedient man, but obedient to God, subservient to the wisdom of my ancestors; never to the authority of political truths arrived at yesterday at the voting booth"

crosspoted on The Main Adversary

6 comments:

AShiningcity said...

Wonderful posts. I especially liked the quotes you selected. Well, all but one:


"A Conservative is a fellow who is standing athwart history yelling "Stop!"”

In my mind conservatives aren't yelling "stop" to history. We are on the side of progress.. more freedoms and greater control over your own life.

That's history's progress and thats where we should stand.

Mark Newgent said...

Ahh yes the "athwart" quote.

Buckley said that in the midst of the rising Soviet threat abroad and growing collectivism at home.

AShiningCity said...

Oh, my mistake then.

Excellent.

Bruce Godfrey said...

De mortuis nil nisi bonum.

Mark Newgent said...

Bruce,

I'd be lying to you if I said I didn't need to look that up.

Cheers,

Maryland Conservatarian said...

Bruce...as if there is anything negative to say

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