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There are thinkers who are so far to the left or right, they fall off the spectrum altogether. On the left, I put thinkers like Ralph Nader and Ivan Illich.

On the right, I put a thinker named Eric von Kuehnelt-Leddin, a man described as a “Walking Book of Knowledge,” who could read 25 languages. The godfather of modern conservatism, William F. Buckley, described him as “the world's most fascinating man.”

A man isn't fascinating if he's a mere foot soldier in the Republican Party. A man isn't fascinating if he just repeats his political tribe's current agenda talking points.

A man is fascinating if he's a conservative arch-liberal. Which is how von Kuehnelt-Leddin described himself.