Last Friday the Buckley Program welcomed Peter Collier to campus to speak with fourteen Buckley fellows over a lunch at Mory’s. Mr. Collier was invited by the Buckley Program to talk about his book Political Woman: The Big Little Life of Jeane Kirkpatrick but provided many interesting insights regarding the modern day political spectrum.

Mr. Collier began by giving a short history of Jeane Kirkpatrick and the political landscape that brought her and Ronald Reagan into contact. When Reagan was the Republican nominee in 1980, Kirkpatrick, a born and bred Democrat, was invited to work for Reagan after he read a piece she wrote regarding the double standard of dictatorships. However, Mr. Collier said that once Kirkpatrick and Reagan were in the same room, talking about foreign policy, they instantly clicked; “love at first sight,” he chuckled.

The shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, is an unfortunate case where a severe penalty was imposed that was not equivalent to the crime committed. Yet Brown was a suspect in a robbery; and Officer Wilson, the cop who pulled him over for questioning, later ended up in the hospital with reports of a broken eye socket, swelling on his head, and other unconfirmed injuries from a scuffle. Brown was a victim of circumstance, yet of circumstances he perhaps created. The events that occurred that day would not have happened had Michael Brown stayed home or gone with the officer without fighting.