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Wednesday, June 30, 2004


William F. Buckley Jr.

Mr. Buckley has handed over the reins at Nation Review. NRO has posted his Publisher’s Statement included in the first issue of National Review back in 1955 (hat tip Powerline).

This is an amazing piece. Reading it, I find myself almost unable to believe that it was written in 1955. For example:

"I happen to prefer champagne to ditchwater," said the benign old wrecker of the ordered society, Oliver Wendell Holmes, "but there is no reason to suppose that the cosmos does." We have come around to Mr. Holmes' view, so much that we feel gentlemanly doubts when asserting the superiority of capitalism to socialism, of republicanism to centralism, of champagne to ditchwater — of anything to anything.
I am encouraged by the possibility that perhaps relativism has not made as much headway as I often think it has. After all, if the state of the world in 1955 is accurately reflected in this piece (and I have no reason to believe it is not), then maybe, just maybe, we on the Right have a fighting chance to succeed against the forces of liberalism and multiculturalism. I only hope that I can contribute some small part to that fight and that we all keep up the struggle. We may never win unconditional surrender from the opposition, but then I suppose the world would be a rather boring place without invigorated discussion.

Read the whole thing. The man is a genius.


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