Joe Sobran

October 7, 2010 by staff 

Joe Sobran, Joe has written and edited for the National Review and William F. until Buckley, Jr., had an altercation, he had a longstanding commitment with CBS Radio as a commentator, and he wrote a syndicated newspaper column.

For most of his life, Joe was one of those few conservatives who have actually been and lived through sincere conservative values, rather than simply criticize the usual banal and conservative views easily throw overboard the principles whenever opportunity to influence or exercise state power arose. Late in life he has embraced the philosophical anarchism, having abandoned all hope that the State would something decent.

I met Joe about twenty years ago, and I had the privilege of spending much time with him over the years. A gentle, learned, witty, and brave man, Joe was one of the finest writers I’ve encountered among commentators on public affairs. I keep a collection of quotes that express important ideas in a particularly pithy, penetrating, stop, or so graceful. Joe returns are well represented in my collection. In almost every column of his that I read at least once I stopped, reread a sentence or paragraph, and mutters to myself, “How I wish I could write prose then!

When a man dies, it is common for friends and admirers say that he will be missed, but in truth, except by a handful of friends and relatives, it will not really missed. In the case of Joe, however, I think many people really miss it. I certainly will. He wrote a unique voice in sentences designed with simplicity, grace and precision; expressing ideas that each of us might usefully ponder.

Joe was a devout Catholic. Hopefully in this field as it has paved the way to your destination, and resides now in a better place.

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