A great American passed away today. As reported by National Review Online's Kathryn Jean Lopez:
William F. Buckley Jr. (1925-2008) [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
I’m devastated to report that our dear friend, mentor, leader, and founder William F. Buckley Jr., died this morning in his study in Stamford, Connecticut.
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.
As you might expect, we’ll have much more to say here and in NR in the coming days and weeks and months. For now: Thank you, Bill. God bless you, now with your dear Pat. Our deepest condolences to Christopher and the rest of the Buckley family. And our fervent prayer that we continue to do WFB’s life’s work justice.
02/27 11:13 AM
Over the past few months, I've been wondering where the great conservative, classical liberals of today are. Who is the 21st century Hayek, warning us about the Road to Serfdom on which we trod? Where is the 21st century's Milton Friedman who can eloquently, persuasively, and conclusively demonstrate the folly of the statist/authoritarian agenda? Who will be the next Reagan? Goldwater?
Buckley was one of the few remaining greats in this regard. Others will follow in his footsteps, but his shoes will be difficult to fill.
Some of the comments at The Corner are spot on:
My condolences to all of those at NR/NRO (and anywhere else) who knew and respected the man as I know you did. Mr. Buckley, Goldwater, Hayek and a small band of comrades-in-arms provided a much-needed intellectual antidote to the maladies of the post-war era love affair with planning. As a person who first discovered Buckley as host of "Firing Line" I didn't appreciate the tide against which he was battling until many years later, but as I matured I (as others have before me) came to understand better the meaning behind his call to "[stand] athwart history, yelling stop."
Please pass my condolences on to those who might appreciate the sentiment.
Warmly remembering WFB,
I am saddened by the passing of William F. Buckley, but our loss is Heaven's gain, and I'm sure the Good Lord told his angels to "Bring me a dictionary, Buckley's coming."
And this from Jonah Goldberg:
Saying Goodbye [Jonah Goldberg]
I just saw Kathryn's post about Bill Buckley. I'm stunned. He will be greatly missed. But we should also remember this was not a life cut tragically short (no matter how much we wish he were still with us). His accomplishments were almost incalculable. 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.
Moreover, William F. Buckley's life was marked by enormous joy. He had a lust for life as well as for letters and debate. He raised a wonderful and accomplished son, loved and was loved by a formidable and beautiful wife, had more friends than he could count — or, in a sense, even know — and will be remembered for generations to come. Sadness is to be expected at times like this, and I certainly feel it. But let's leave room for, if not a celebration, then at least grateful appreciation, of a singularly remarkable life.
02/27 11:48 AM
YouTube has several clips of Buckley's Firing Line, which was an excellent program.
Embedded here is an interview Buckley gave to Charlie Rose.
ARC: St Wendeler