We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I remember Firing Line as that program I avoided watching at all costs when I stumbled upon it as a child. It was boring, the man speaking had a funny elitist accent, and it was talking, no action. My father loved it.
Lately, I've been watching some of the old episodes and have determined (to no surprise) Buckley was often touching on subjects that were timeless. Much of what he covered is still very relevant today.
A discussion with Alan Ginsburg on what the Avant Garde is, and how it should be making its point in society, would be relevant today. However, a panel discussion about what a Hippie is...well, that's just good fun. Especially with a boozed-up Jack Kerouac, in his last public appearance, doing his best to mock a clueless academic.
I think a fun program today would be to review old programs like this, stitch relevant parts together, and show just how deep down the rabbit hole Buckley often went.
Interesting too that, of those four in that programme, Buckley is still the best remembered, Kerouac and Sanders are distant seconds and the late Dr Lewis Yablonsky an unknown (Ed Sanders was tricky to search on the web because of his name; there's a twentysomething British actor by that name who soaks up a lot of the hits).
I also did some Google "ngramming" which suggested that interest in Alan Ginsberg had long ago flatlined.
I dunno. I was a kid in the Sixties and the whole Hippie era seems a mere eccentric museum curiosity to me now. Hippiedom could never pass the severe tests of modern secular Puritanism - that "[i]wasteland of plonking earnestness[i]" as Mark Steyn put it.