Oct 25, 1988

William F. Buckley, Jr. and Vladimir Bukovsky: Gratitude and Glasnost

William F. Buckley, Jr. was an author, commentator, columnist, the founder of National Review, and host of the television show Firing Line. During his lifetime he somewhat interchangeably referred to himself as both a libertarian and a conservative.

Vladimir Bukovsky was a Soviet dissident writer and activist during the ’60s and ’70s. He spent a total of 12 years in Soviet prisons, labor camps, and forced-treatment psychiatric hospitals. He was able to escape the Soviet Union in 1976 thanks to a prisoner exchange.

This video features Buckley and Bukovsky at the 35th anniversary of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (which was founded by noted Old Right/libertarian thinker Frank Chodorov). Buckley speaks about the virtues of gratitude, humility, and honest work; Bukovsky speaks about the rise of glasnost and perestroika: political movements for reform and transparency that would later help topple the Communist regime in Russia.