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).


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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NeverTrump Goes Full Tilt Boogie


I love the way the NeverTrump people have set about trying to persuade the Republican delegates to switch their votes. In a way, that’s almost admirable, in a crazy way. It’s like the Russian soldier who froze to death before Leningrad because no one remembered to relieve him. Except I wonder, after Trump is elected […]

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How Did Trump Happen?


The problem of income immobility has yet to penetrate the skulls of #NeverTrump. Remember when conservatives used to talk about “Peak Trump”? He won Massachusetts but he wasn’t going any further. He won New York, but he had peaked. And then he won Indiana and his opponents dropped out. So I suppose we’re finally at […]

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Message to Trump: Don’t Disclose Your Taxes


The Washington Post’s fact checker, Glenn Kessler, has spun a column out of the thinnest of threads: Is Trump correct in saying there’s no reason to disclose his taxes? Well, I’ve read the column and it all comes down to an argument for voyeurism. Along with suggestions that, if all the facts were out, we […]

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#NeverTrump Crowd: Advice From Pascal


Pascal advises the NeverTrump crowd. You say you will not vote for either Trump or Clinton? “Yes; but you must wager. It is not optional. You are embarked. Which will you choose then? Let us see. Since you must choose, let us see which interests you least.”

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