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February 28, 2008

The F Stood For Franco

Dennis Perrin has things to say about the death of William F. Buckley, while Rick Perlstein examines Buckley's appealling human side.

—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at February 28, 2008 10:42 AM

Nihil nisi bonum de mortuis.

So I have to keep my mouth shut for the moment.

Posted by: Nell at February 28, 2008 11:34 AM

Everyone should watch that Chomsky vs. Buckley interview at Dennis' link. It's humiliating! What better way to remember Buckley?

Posted by: saurabh at February 28, 2008 11:45 AM

Chomsky recently commented on his debate with Buckley:

"What we were talking about then can be transferred to today very easily. By coincidence, just today an op-ed of mine was distributed by the NY Times syndicate with some comparisons about debate over Vietnam and over Iraq. Many of the other questions, about the general nature of U.S. foreign policy, are persistent.

"My main recollection was surprise at how little he seemed to know about particular issues, and how quickly he wanted to drop them when we began to go beyond general slogans.

"Although this was not on the tape, it's hard to forget the final moments as he walked off stage, in a fury, shouting that he'd have me back on again soon and teach me a thing or too. When I answered politely that I'd be glad to arrange it, he got even more furious. Of course I never heard from him again, or expected to."

Posted by: Jason Morris at February 28, 2008 12:37 PM

wow ok the quality of comments on that site is pretty weak.

Posted by: almostinfamous at February 28, 2008 01:15 PM

Buckley can now do circlejerks in hell with Pinochet, Von Reagan and Franco.

Posted by: Jelperman at February 29, 2008 12:12 AM

That ole Buckley v. Chomsky debate is like a aaa roadmap to Kristol v. Ellsberg, ain't it?

Posted by: buermann at February 29, 2008 01:04 AM

i really like that idea of foreign vs domestic ideology

Posted by: hapa at February 29, 2008 09:43 AM

well, I don't particularly care for either of these two blowhards, but Buckley has had a lot more influence on the world as it is than your silly Chomsky.

Posted by: xyz at February 29, 2008 11:15 AM

That or Third World Consumer Shithole.

Posted by: at February 29, 2008 05:46 PM