|William F. Buckley, Jr. (1925-2008) |
Founder of National Review and host of Firing Line
|Andrew Breitbart (1969-2012)|
Founder of Breitbart.com, BigHollywood.com, BigGovernment.com, BigJournalism.com, and BigPeace.com
The contrasts between Buckley and Breitbart appear unequivocal, but in actuality the two men were two sides of the same conservative coin. The superficial differences in their backgrounds, dispositions, and manner of discourse are subservient to the parallels of their comparable missions. Separated by cultural generations, Buckley was a product of pre-World War Two’s “greatest generation” that largely welcomed FDR’s New Deal entitlement society in the wake of the Great Depression. Brietbart was born in the post-1960s Generation X era, which was characterized, perhaps unfairly, as a group of disenfranchised slackers. However each man bucked his respective generation’s list toward progressive liberalism. They instead embraced conservatism as their political and cultural philosophies. They devoted their lives to upholding conservative values and principles, and they each did it with relentless daring, aplomb and innovation.
Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. referred to William F. Buckley as “the scourge of liberalism”. Reared a conservative from an early age, Buckley was a brilliant debater, a prolific writer, and in 1955 founded National Review which many consider to be the first commercially successful magazine dedicated to advancing conservative principles. He leveraged National Review to galvanize the conservative movement by coalescing the leading conservative and libertarian thinkers of his era to contribute to the magazine’s content. He also hosted the PBS show Firing Line from 1966 to 1999 taking on all liberal comers to debate the issues of the day, and he inspired and motivated the conservative youth movement as the principle organizer of the Young Americans for Freedom.