I subscribed to National Review for several years at one time. I read a few of
his fictional works, and tried to catch his PBS tv show whenever I could. He
was a renaissance man like few others. He, more than any other single person,
was influential in taking conservatism in a new direction. The direction,
unfortunately, was toward more government power (especially military and covert
agencies). He paved the way for the future neoconservative movement which
veered away even further from conservatism when compared to the pre-Buckley
years. In retrospect, I've come to believe that Buckley was not a conservative
after all, but a nationalist and a militarist. He was a brilliant man, but
ultimately did his country a disservice when he and his magazine staff lured
true conservatives away from the movement.
Truly a great man. God bless you, WFB. Rest in peace.