I knew Bill Buckley only slightly, but one particular encounter with him gave me the opportunity to observe what it means to be a gentleman, which is what Bill was from first to last. Buckley broke with Joe Sobran because the latter was a pioneer in disguising anti-Semitism as opposition to Israel and its policies. Robert Welch and the John Birch Society were just what conservatism didn't need if it were to be taken seriously. I do think NR's anti-Trump issue was a bad idea and does suggest that NR has become too cosy with the Republican establishment and fallen out of touch with ordinary Americans.
Saturday, March 05, 2016
… Up From Buckleyism - The Unz Review. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)