I have already seen
a few more than a few progressive bloggers being nice to Buckley because he just died, saying shit like, “He was such a brilliant man, and his ideas kinda decent. It was just that his political heirs twisted everything around and ruined it”. This is a total fucking load of horseshit.
Conservatism as a political ideology is both pragmatically inconsistent with the reality of human nature and morally bankrupt, and was thus preordained, regardless of details of political implementation, to ultimately result in the hideous large-scale megaclusterfuck we now find ourselves embroiled in.
Someone as supposedly brilliant as Buckley should be considered even more culpable than all of his supposedly less-brilliant heirs for espousing a morally decrepit and pragmatically batshit insane conservative ideology, precisely because he should have seen more clearly than his followers where this ideology would lead.