F.H. Buckley

F.H. Buckley is a Foundation Professor at George Mason School of Law and the author of The Way Back: Restoring the Promise of America in an Age of Diminishing Expectations (forthcoming April 2016, Encounter Books).


So How Would the Framers Be Voting?


One of the more profoundly stupid things said about this election is that it would have shocked the Framers of our Constitution. Horsefeathers! Our Framers had far greater experience with the vagaries of human conduct than they’re given credit for, and could see it face to face in the “father” of the Constitution. I am […]

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Our Parnellite Moment


I confess that, before the rise of Donald Trump, I had never expected to see a Republican elected to the White House. What with the attack on traditional American principles in our schools and the illegals whom Clinton would add to the voter rolls, the Democrats would become the country’s natural governing party. Over time, […]

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On the Nastiness of Jonah Goldberg


I’m beginning to think that Jonah Goldberg is a bit of a nasty. First he slimed Trump supporters by suggesting that we’re all racists. Today he has a hit piece up in the L.A. Times that mocks me for saying that Donald Trump is “perfect,” in the American Greatness blog. That’s what I said, but […]

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Kerensky Was a Bum!


If you live in D.C., you probably get the Washington Post, and let me tell you it’s been wild. The editors don’t send it out unless there’s at least a couple of page one stories on the general subject of Donald Trump’s awfulness. It creeps into the Style section, the book reviews, the weather reports. […]

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Scholars for Trump


A new group of 130 scholars and writers for Donald Trump puts the lie to the claim that he doesn’t have any thinkers supporting him. The list includes such people as Bill Bennett, Roger Kimball, George Gilder and Lino Graglia, and can be seen at scholarsandwritersforamerica.org or (slightly more up-to-date) fhbuckley.com. All agreed that: Given our […]

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Plugging ‘The Permission Society’


For a good read, I’d recommend Tim Sandefur’s The Permission Society (Encounter, 2016). Sandefur is a lawyer at Arizona’s Goldwater Institute, and has stepped into Clint Bolick’s shoes as chief litigator on civil liberties issues after Clint was appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court. The book is about the sea change created by the regulatory […]

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The Old Deplorables


When the British Expeditionary Force arrived in France at the beginning of the First World War, the Kaiser called it a contemptible little army. The BEF held the line, however, and taking a perverse pride in the label its members took to calling themselves the “Old Contemptibles.” Something like this has happened, after Hillary Clinton […]

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The 491: Is the Alt-Right Racist?


In the Gospel according to St. Matthew, Saint Peter asks Christ how often a person should be forgiven? “As many as seven times?” Not seven times, answers Christ, “but seventy times seven.” If one took that literally (and one shouldn’t), the 491st sin is unforgiveable. For Conservatives, the 491st sin is an accusation of racism. […]

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Which Side Are You On?


In our popular culture, in our novels, in our sociological studies, the reality begins to sink in that we’ve become an immobile class society. Goodbye Leave It to Beaver, hello Sons of Anarchy. Sayonara the melting pot, bonjour the new aristocracy. And one sees it in the upper class, conservative revulsion at Donald Trump, the […]

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The Nation Builder


There’s a fine Howard Pyle painting called The Nation Builders, which shows a bedraggled line of Patriot soldiers in the Revolutionary War, preparing to meet the enemy’s volley. You have the sense that many won’t survive, but for Pyle they were all nation builders. My mind turns to the painting when conservative friends ask me […]

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