The Corner

On Liberals, Conservatives, and Debates

William F. Buckley, Jr., “The Debater,” Up From Liberalism (Bantam,

1968):

A second marked characteristic of the

liberal-in-debate-with-the-conservative is the tacit premise that debate is

ridiculous because there is nothing whatever to debate about. … Many

liberals accept their opinions ideas and evaluations as others accept

revealed truths, and the facts are presumed to conform to the doctrines, as

any dutiful fact will; so why discuss the fact?

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