[VIDEO] Buckley Birthday Bonus: William F. Buckley’s 1967 Saul Alinsky Interview


William F. Buckley, one of the most influential figures in the history of conservatism, founder of National Reviewprolific writer and expert debater, stood athwart history, yelling Stop.

[Also see – William F. Buckley Jr: Conservative Icon – by  – Heritage.org]

But in yelling stop, he chose to engage with his ideological opponents, true to his belief that the American system requires a free flow of ideas in the intellectual marketplace.

[Celebrate William F. Buckley’s birthday with his tension-filled Saul Alinsky interview from 1967 – Read the full text at The Blaze]

To celebrate the legacy of the man born some 89 years ago today, we thought we would share the following video from the YouTube archives of Buckley interviewing “Rules for Radicals” author Saul Alinsky back in 1967 on Buckley’s “Firing Line” program.

Buckley attempts to cut to the heart of Alinsky’s philosophy, and Alinsky bobs and weaves around Buckley’s jabs, in a characteristically obfuscatory fashion.

In the video, Alinsky makes some interesting assertions…(read more)

(i) “I’ll steal before I take charity.”

(ii) “You only get power as a reaction to a threat.”

(iii) “[That Alinsky is] very much in agreement with the thinking of the early revolutionaries…men like Madison, Jay, Hamilton, etc.”

(iv) “People only do the right things for the wrong reasons.” (read more)


One Comment on “[VIDEO] Buckley Birthday Bonus: William F. Buckley’s 1967 Saul Alinsky Interview”

  1. […] [VIDEO] Buckley Birthday Bonus: William F. Buckley’s 1967 Saul Alinsky Interview (punditfromanotherplanet.com) […]

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