Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. "The Libertarian Candidate"
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(Dec 18, 2012)
Taped on January 19, 1988. Dr. Ron Paul, a former Republican, is the Libertarian Party's candidate for President, and he proves, in this energetic exchange, to be a well-spoken exponent of the libertarian creed. Buckley: "As somebody who occasionally calls himself a libertarian, I regret the extent to which the libertarian position is discredited by a kind of reductionism that is simply incompatible with social life. You want to destroy the FBI, for instance. Why?" Paul: "Well, we could point out, first, that the first 125 years of this country existed without an FBI. That came about, I believe, during the First World War. The CIA is a really recent phenomenon, 1947." Buckley: "Well, we existed 125 years without an airplane, too."
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Yale-educated, Buckley came from privilege and had served in the British SIS (secret service)-which formed the US's OSS during WWII.
Buckley founded the publication "National Review". and authored books such as: "God and Man at Yale".
You'll find well-matched debate partners who could hold their own.
I watched this show as a early teen and it challenged me with the heroic intellectualism which Buckley exhibited.that I became a scholar also. So my own education was a direct result of my admiration of
This was a man who enjoyed other intellectual viewpoints also.
Well-done Amazon! Carolanne Mekeel-Matteson
While I would certainly love to hear an energetic and (relatively) young Ron Paul go head to head with Bill Buckley, unfortunately the video has no audio.