Christopher Hitchens and William F. Buckley Debate the Legacy of the 1960s

Our democratic republic is based on the idea that people of differing views can debate the issues, compromise when the debate reaches an impasse, and find common ground to reach some consensus. No group or ideology has a monopoly on truth. Progressives, moderates, conservatives, democratic socialists, libertarians all are right some of the time, and they are all wrong some of the time. It’s important to have a diversity of views to point out the blind spots in all of our thinking and viewpoints. Without a healthy respect for differences of opinion, it’s impossible to have the give-and-take of ideas that is the lifeblood of a healthy democracy.

In this 1998 interview from the Hoover Institute, leftist Christopher Hitchens and conservative William F. Buckley, Jr. discuss their perspectives on the cultural and political upheavals of the 1960s. Though they had wide ideological disagreements, Hitchens and Buckley were both willing to engage with their ideological opponents on a debate on ideas.

One of things that I noticed in this particular interview was the willingness of both Hitchens and Buckley to admit their regrets and the errors of their side during the 1960s. Buckley wished the United States never fought the Vietnam War, he wished he was more critical of the overly optimistic projections of the American generals. and he regretted his opposition to Lyndon Johnson’s civil rights legislation. Hitchens regretted the indulgent hedonism of the 1960s cultural Left and his own underestimation of the importance of Martin Luther King Jr. in comparison to more radical black groups like the Black Panthers.

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I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Angelo Lopez has had illustrations published in Tikkun Magazine, the Palo Alto Daily News and Z Magazine. From April 2008 to May 2011, Angelo's cartoons were regularly published in the Tri-City Voice, a weekly newspaper that covers the Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Neward, Sunol and Union City areas in California. He did a political webcomic starring his cartoon character Jasper for the progressive blogsite Everyday Citizen. Since December 2011, Angelo does a regular weekly political cartoon for the Philippine News Today, a Filipino American newspaper based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Angelo is a member of the Sunnyvale Art Club, and the Northern California chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. During the 1990s, he was a member of the part-timer workers SEIU unit in the city of Sunnyvale. Angelo won the 2013, 2015 and 2016 and 2018 Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial cartooning for newspapers with a circulation under 100,000. He has also won the 2016 RFK Book and Journalism Award for Editorial Cartoons. Angelo won first prize for the Best of the West contest in 2016 and third prize in 2017. Angelo is married to Lisa Reeber. They enjoy taking walks, watching movies and hanging out with their nieces.
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