"I share about 90 percent of the views of most libertarians"

Reason's 1983 Interview with the late William F. Buckley

Twenty-five years ago, William F. Buckley, Jr., sat down with reason to discuss, among other subjects, libertarianism, Ayn Rand, Milton Friedman, and the decriminalization of marijuana.

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    Reading what Buckley said about the Whittaker Chambers review made me think how little things have changed. I guess we're all still dealing with the same issues.

    I think this is the review Buckley was talking about:


  • Tumbledore||

    If you don't want to open a PDF, you can view the interview here:


  • KJ||

    Two words: nice fellow.


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    Chomsky vs. Buck on youtube from the 60's.


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    Buckles vs. Vidal


  • jkii||

    Buckley didn't answer the questions about Ayn Rand because is not as intelligent as Rand. I am not nearly as intelligent as either, but I can clearly see the difference.

  • Fluffy||

    I don't think it's a matter of intelligence, jkii.

    It's more a matter of the fact that Buckley [and Chambers, for that matter, whose review is at issue] like most mid-century Americans - even writers and academics - knew virtually nothing about Nietzsche, other than some half-baked propaganda they had digested during the war. The United States was a remarkably parochial place when these men were being educated.

    It's striking to me that Chambers writes at length about Atlas and about Nietzsche while making truly abysmal freshman-at-a-community-college errors about both. For Buckley to assert that he agrees with 90% of it leaves us with only two possibilities: despite his apparent erudition, WFB wasn't really all that educated in philosophy, or he was playing politics by playing dumb. I tend to think it's a little of both.

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