William F. Buckley Jr. died in 2008, but a new book has been just released, "A Torch Kept Lit", put together by James Rosen, his editor over many years.
It has 50 eulogies that Buckley had wrote. They are presented in 3 main categories. Close friends and family, successful people in general, and then those he didn't like.
I found it particularly interesting to read some of those from the "not liked" group".
His life long support for his own Catholic Faith never changed and is impressive. He often expressed his love for the religion. So many intellectuals are quick to tell you that they are not "believers". It seems to be a badge of honor for them.
The eulogy on Ayn Rand that was reprinted in his new book and is one from his not liked category. He said that the first time he met Ayn Rand she came up to him at a party and asked him why someone as intelligent as he was believed in God.
He was put off by that but then he mentioned that she also said of herself that "she was the 2nd most influential philosopher next to Aristotle".
She is known for a couple of books which I will mention, Atlas Shrugged & The Fountainhead.
Buckley mentioned a couple of her quotes and they seem like good ones to go on her tombstone, in my opinion.
She said: "Greed is Good, Compassion is Bad". She added: "Capitalism rewards the rich (good) and punishes the poor (even better, cause they deserve it)".
(Wow, her books won't be on my recommended reading list)