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).


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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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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