Learning civil discourse from William F. Buckley and my dad

As I said in the accompanying post, watching Firing Line at my father’s knee from early childhood taught me the value and the efficacy of civil debate, no matter how contentious the issue. I disagreed with him some then, do so much more now, but I’ve always admired his approach. Here are a few examples of Buckley’s conversations through the decades:

A remarkable 1969 Firing Line debate between William F. Buckley and Noam Chomsky on the global military role of America, specifically the appropriateness of intervention
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Allen Ginsberg and William F. Buckley on Firing Line in 1968
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On Charlie Rose, talking about Ayn Rand in 2003
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Arguing for drug legalization against Charlie Rangel in 1991
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In 1996, William F. Buckley talks through drug legalization for a half hour as a guest on one of the few other shows with civil thoughtful discussion on public policy, Richard Heffner’s The Open Mind (which is still running.)
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Hugh Hefner and William F. Buckley discuss the sexual revolution and the Playboy philosophy
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Phil Fox Rose is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, New York. He is the editor of Paraclete Press; coordinator of Contemplative Outreach of New York, helping promote centering prayer, which has been his contemplative practice for nearly 20 years. Raised atheist by ex-Mormons, Phil has journeyed through Quakerism, deep ecology, Buddhism and Catholicism. Now he's a congregant, presider, cook and leadership team chair at St. Lydia's, an awesome dinner church in Brooklyn, NY, and spends as much time in nature as possible. Phil has been a political party leader, videographer, tech journalist, punk roadie, software designer, sheepherder, stockbroker and downtempo radio DJ. A common thread is the process of learning about stuff, figuring it out and then sharing that understanding with others. Follow Phil by RSS feed, email, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.


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