William F. Buckley Jr., in the words of the New York Times, â€œmarshaled polysyllabic exuberance, famously arched eyebrows and a refined, perspicacious mind to elevate conservatism to the center of American political discourse.â€ Many people probably know Buckley, who died today at age 82, for being the longtime host of the â€œFiring Lineâ€ TV show — and because of the comedians who imitated his urbane speaking style and slouched posture. But he also wrote at least 55 books and founded the National Review magazine. Buckleyâ€™s biggest achievement was legitimizing modern conservatism and shaping its intellectual framework.
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