William F. Buckley Jr., 1925-2008

William F. Buckley, Jr., founder of the conservative magazine the National Review and one of the twentieth century’s leading conservative intellectuals, died this morning in his Stamford, Connecticut home. He was 82.

Buckley has long been credited with coalescing traditional conservatism and libertarianism to form the base of the modern conservative movement, helping shape the Republican party’s politics from the campaigns of Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush. He was a prolific writer, authoring over fifty novels in addition to his columns at the National Review and elsewhere.

The politics of Civic Alert writers differ greatly from those Mr. Buckley practiced; often they are antithetical. But Mr. Buckley’s contribution to America’s national debate, the efforts of a patriot fighting to improve his country, ought to be honored by those who would stand with his ideas or against them.

And so we honor him today.

William F. Buckley, Jr. (1925-2008) – [National Review]

Buckley Elevated Conservatism in America – [The New York Times]

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