During his life, William F.Buckley Jr published over fifty books, ranging from non-fiction personal essays, to travel monologues and detective stories. His television show “Firing Line”, aired over 1,500 episodes in its thirty plus years of air. His articles and essays were published in weekly magazines and daily newspapers for over fifty years, captivating a nation of young political thinkers. Five years after his passing, his words live on in the form of this massive writing canon. Editor of “The Weekly Standard” William Kristol once said of Buckley that he believed “that in order to convince, you have to debate and not just preach, which of course means risking the possibility that someone will beat you in debate.” It is through these essays, articles, episodes and books that we look to Buckley to help us debate the tumultuous issues we face today.
If health insurance were without cost, one assumes that everyone would have health insurance. A corollary of this is that everyone, in a society of allegedly free health care, would actually be paying the collective costs of health care. The political challenge lies in disguising the cost.
Back in the thirties we were told we must collectivize the nation because the people were so poor. Now we are being told we must collectivize the nation because the people are so rich.
President Barack Obama
There is every reason in the world to declare that one wishes for the entire next generation that they come in speaking with the lucidity of Abraham Lincoln and showing the enterprise of Bill Gates. What is wrong is to stimulate the illusion that such things are possible…to suggest to his listeners that any active intervention by the government would increase the “chance for that same success” for “every American child” is mischievous. To imply that such careers are open to most people, let alone every American child, is to foster frustration, and to stimulate disillusion.
John Kerry’s assault on this country did not rise fullblown in his mind, like Venus from the Cypriot Sea. It is the crystallization of an assault upon America which has been fostered over the years by an intellectual class given over to self-doubt and self-hatred, driven by a cultural disgust with the uses to which so many people put their freedom.
The largest cultural menace in America is the conformity of the intellectual cliques which, in education as well as the arts, are out to impose upon the nation their modish fads and fallacies, and have nearly succeeded in doing so. In this cultural issue, we are, without reservations, on the side of excellence (rather than “newness”) and of honest intellectual combat (rather than conformity).
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