Wednesday, February 27, 2008


Lots of poignant retrospectives today (though reading some of them, especially on the website of the magazine he founded, reminds me of a Captain Willard line: "The more they tried to make it just like home, the more they made everybody miss it."). For my money, the most valuable and relevant words remain Buckley's. From the first issue of National Review in 1955, in which he noted the "amorality" of the "well-fed" and "irresponsible Right" and explained the magazine's mission:

It stands athwart history, yelling Stop, at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge it.


Anonymous goldhorder said...

Buckley was a good man. It is a shame he bought into the US must police the world philosophy. He did sour on the Iraq war the past couple of years. The NRO crowd did their best to keep those views out of the public's eye. He was a fan of Nock in his early career but it is impossible to believe in freedom, limited goverment, and an all powerful military at the same time.

2/28/2008 8:37 AM  
Anonymous Doug said...

“The central question that emerges…is whether the White community in the South is entitled to take such measures as are necessary to prevail, politically and culturally, in areas where it does not predominate numerically? The sobering answer is Yes—the White community is so entitled because, for the time being, it is the advanced race.”
—William F. Buckley, National Review, August 24, 1957

Athwart history, yelling Stop, keep those people at the back of the bus.

2/28/2008 9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea none of that equal rights, civil rights, social saftey nets etc.

None of that stuff really helped US citizens

2/29/2008 9:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hats off to every American who stood up to the likes of Bill Buckley and just said no. Big government, civil rights infringments, wealth transfer and so on. Buckley's conservatism was a lie and an excuse for the rich to destroy the middle class.

Good riddance to bad rubbish. A lie, no matter how well spoken, is still a lie.

2/29/2008 9:38 PM  

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