Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. “The Culture of the Left”

Firing Line Videos, Hoover Institution, taped on February 26, 1968, uploaded to YouTube on August 13, 2010.

Guest: Malcolm Muggeridge


“He calls himself,” says Buckley in his introduction to the first of Muggeridge’s several appearances on Firing Line, “a man of the Left. . . . His apostasies from the Left are, however, so numerous as to leave him a member of the Left in the same sense that, say, Bishop Pike is a member of the Episcopal Church.” But let Muggeridge speak for himself: “Well, Bill, I think you must distinguish between being a member of the Left and being a liberal. I regard liberalism as the great disease of our society, and when I said that people like Mrs. Roosevelt, admirable though they were in intentions, would be seen to have done more damage than people like Hitler and Stalin, I meant precisely that. Hitler and Stalin got a lot of people killed and precipitated the great war, but they are now discredited. But liberalism, which has been the dominant philosophy in the most influential and powerful nations of the West, continues to thrive despite the fact that every time it’s been applied, the consequences have been disastrous.”