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).


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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The Crazy Season


The Trump Derangement Syndrome has now gone full bat-dung crazy. Here’s what those wonderful, kooky kids at the Washington Post had to say. “The Republican candidate for president [ahem] has invited a hostile foreign power to conduct an unlawful cyberattack against his opponent.” That took me aback, because I remember when hackers were liberal heroes […]

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The NeverTrumper’s Dirty Little Secret


I gave a talk to a conservative group not so long ago, when the NeverTrumper still lived in his fantasy word. They believed that the voters and delegates would finally come to their senses and nominate the amiable Ted Cruz, or that somehow they’d jigger the Convention rules, or that the absurd Great White Hope, […]

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Bring Us Together


Does anyone remember Richard Nixon’s campaign slogan, in the bitter and unhappy summer of 1968? It was a cheerless time of assassinations and riots, of a Vietnam War which killed 17,000 Americans that year, more than in any other year. It was the year when Lyndon Johnson proved that he understood the shall-will distinction (“I […]

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Homage to a Fox-Hunting Man


Fans of louche bar songs would have been delighted to learn that the Queen knighted Sir Rod Stewart yesterday. Had they looked more closely at the Honours List, they would also have seen the name of our old friend, Roger (now Sir Roger) Scruton. The English never adopted democracy as a theory, wrote Sir Lewis […]

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Trump’s Revolution


“Practical men who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist,” wrote John Maynard Keynes. Today we’re witnessing a populist backlash against political establishments, especially in the Republican Party, and the defunct economist who best explains it is Mancur Olson (1932-1998). In The Rise and […]

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America: The Sorrow and the Pity


The sad isolation of the NeverTrumpists. These are trying times at the Trump Tower, with Republican Establishment types lined up all the way down Fifth Avenue to stack their arms and surrender. It brings to mind France in 1940. Mein Gott, ve don’t haf room! Vere do we put der guns? There are of course […]

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The Last Ten Meters


Without the police, would any lives matter? Some years back my friend Michael Pack made a superb documentary about the biggest battles of the Iraq War, Najaf and Fallujah. He called the film The Last 600 Meters because, after all the expert advice, after all the Congressional Resolutions, U.S. foreign policy was executed by the […]

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Donald Trump, Constitutional Conservative


Who but an artful negotiator has the political skill and constitutional sense to get things right? In 2014 I wrote that political power was increasingly centered on a king-like presidency. I called my book The Once and Future King. That rubbed some people the wrong way. They didn’t like the suggestion that they were living in […]

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