Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Beeb: Buckley contribued to neo-con'ism (!)

The BBC's obit piece on William F. Buckley Jr. contained this sentence:

"National Review became an influence on Reaganite politics and contributed to the rise of the US neo-conservative movement."

It's hard for me to see WFB or NR as having "contributed" to neo-conservatism other than the fact that neo-conservatism borrowed from... conservatism. To the extent that NR embodied conservatism and became the fount from which all other conservative sects sprang, I suppose the statement is true; but NR was not and is not a home for neo-conservative thought.

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