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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

E.J. Dionne - Buckley: The Right's Practical Intellectual

E.J. Dionne in the Washington Post:

It is time that I confess to an illicit love. I am now, and have been almost all my life, an admirer of William F. Buckley Jr...


Buckley was determined to rid the right of the wing nuts. He was, to his everlasting credit, the scourge of an anti-Semitism that once had a hold on significant parts of the right. He also blasted the strange conspiracy theories of the John Birch Society...


But if liberals are to exercise power again, they need to come to terms with Buckley's genius in understanding how ideas interact with the day-to-day needs of politics. Buckley was more intellectual than most practical politicians, and more practical than most intellectuals...


My main criticism of Buckley is that he was far too effective on behalf of a movement that I think should be driven from power. And if you read that as a compliment, you're right.