Author Jeremy Lott on William F. Buckley Jr.'s Faith and Politics


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In William F. Buckley Jr., Reason contributor Jeremy Lott delves into the famed public intellectual's life, politics and Catholicism. From the founding of National Review to his opposition to civil rights legislation to his embrace of pot legalization, Lott details how Buckley's religion hugely shaped his political principles.

Lott, the author The Warm Bucket Brigade (a history of the vice presidency) and In Defense of Hypocrisy, sat down with Nick Gillespie to discuss Catholicism, communism, and Buckley's late-life rebranding of himself as a "libertarian journalist."

They also talked about Lott's new gig as editor of the website,, a just-launched sister site to the immensely popular and influential

Approximately 10 minutes.

Shot and edited by Meredith Bragg.

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