When Ron Paul Met Bill Buckley


Historical document of the day: a civil but combative interview with Ron Paul during his first presidential campaign, back in 1988. His interlocutor is William F. Buckley, the venue is Firing Line, and the topics discussed include whether the FBI should exist, whether the CIA should exist, whether the IRS should exist, whether a line-item veto should exist, whether foster children would starve without a welfare state, and whether Ronald Reagan was a sincere opponent of big government. (And also Gramm-Rudman. Remember Gramm-Rudman?)

[Via Daniel McCarthy.]