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William F. Buckley gone & not forgotten

Conservative writer William Buckley dead at 82

https://i1.wp.com/img.timeinc.net/time/magazine/archive/covers/1967/1101671103_400.jpgWilliam F. Buckley Jr, died last week – on 27 February.

Born 24 November, 1925, in New York City, William Frank Buckley Jr. was born into extreme wealth and privilege, being the sixth of 10 children of a multimillionaire with oil holdings in seven countries. Buckley spent his early childhood in France and England, in exclusive Roman Catholic schools. (Being the sixth of 10 children, I could’ve guessed he was from Roman Catholic stock!)

All the obits describe Buckley – see here for example www.cnbc.com – as a sort of Conservative Icon, and basically a rabid espouser of all things right (right as in “right-wing”, not necessarily right as in “right”!)

Let’s take a quick look at just some of the things this guy was alleged to have actually publicly espoused.

Some highlights (perhaps the word lowlights would be more apt) were the fact that Buckley was allegedly a supporter of apartheid in South Africa, was allegedly an advocate of the non provision of US voting rights to African Americans, was allegedly an ardent supporter of the neo-“Spanish Inquisition” and the one of the darkest moments in recent US history in the Mc Carthy investigations and trials, and was allegedly an advocate of extreme anti-AIDS/anti-gay measures such as, allegedly, the tattooing of the buttocks of AIDS sufferers.

The image “https://i1.wp.com/d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20080227/i/r3204645221.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.Buckley believed in white superiority over blacks as late as 1961, said the author of the upcoming book “White Protestant Nation: The Rise of the American Conservative Movement.”

Allan Lichtman, who reviewed Buckley’s papers at Yale University, said Buckley defended apartheid in South Africa and that National Review editorials referred to white superiority.

I pray every Negro will not be given the vote in South Carolina tomorrow” Buckley wrote in a private letter to Douglas Stewart dated October 10, 1961, according to Lichtman.

Buckley wrote this paragraph in 1957 for the National Review;

“The central question that emerges—and it is not a parliamentary question or a question that is answered by merely consulting a catalog of the rights of American citizens, born Equal— is whether the White community in the South is entitled to take such measures as are necessary to prevail, politically and culturally, in areas in which 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.”

Famously, he referred to Gore Vidal as a “queer” and threatened to punch his teeth out, when Vidal wouldn’t stop calling him a cypto-fascist in a famous TV debate from 1968. Here’s a clip:


https://i1.wp.com/www.thewashingtonnote.com/archives/william%20f.%20buckley.jpgWhen AIDS patients – and gay people generally – were widely demonised and feared, Buckley was only too happy to pile on in a cruel and bigoted way. Luckily the US Government was not insane enough to have followed Buckley’s alleged advice and to have “tattooed the buttocks” of AIDS sufferers!

His father, William Buckley Snr on one occasion apparently sent his children (not including William Jr) to burn a cross, symbol of the Ku Klux Klan, on the lawn of a Jewish hotel! Although his father was said to have had extreme anti-Semitism views – Buckley, a Roman Catholic, in public denounced anti-Semitism.

All in all, more than fascinating that a person who allegedly held such extreme views could have been held up as one of the most influential persons in the Politics of the most powerful nation on Earth.

Wait a minute! Anti black, anti gay, anti communist, anti liberal? Racist, homophobe, fascist? Sounds familiar. Yes – there’s a word for that. It’s coming to me now …. erm …. four letters! … seems to start with the letter N …. seems to end with the letter I! … the letter Z is there somewhere too. Bah .. I can’t for some reason recall it exactly!

As a Roman Catholic believer, no doubt he would have thought sometimes about the Roman Catholic concepts of Heaven and Hell and where, in line with RC beliefs, he would end up. Perhaps I’ll get the ouija board out tonight and try to find out where. Unfortunately, I don’t have a ouija board though! For some strange reason, however, I might have an idea already! It’s coming to me now …. seems to start with the letter H … the letter E is there somewhere too. Bah .. I can’t, for some reason, recall it exactly!

Maybe he had a sense of humour though. “I am, I fully grant, a phenomenon, but not because of any speed in composition,” he wrote in The New York Times Book Review in 1986. “I asked myself the other day, ‘Who else, on so many issues, has been so right so much of the time?’ I couldn’t think of anyone.” Erm …… who has been less right, I wonder! Goebbels?

March 4, 2008 Posted by | William F. Buckley, _EDITORIAL | Leave a comment

William F. Buckley gone & not forgotten

Conservative writer William Buckley dead at 82

https://i1.wp.com/img.timeinc.net/time/magazine/archive/covers/1967/1101671103_400.jpgWilliam F. Buckley Jr, died last week – on 27 February.

Born 24 November, 1925, in New York City, William Frank Buckley Jr. was born into extreme wealth and privilege, being the sixth of 10 children of a multimillionaire with oil holdings in seven countries. Buckley spent his early childhood in France and England, in exclusive Roman Catholic schools. (Being the sixth of 10 children, I could’ve guessed he was from Roman Catholic stock!)

All the obits describe Buckley – see here for example www.cnbc.com – as a sort of Conservative Icon, and basically a rabid espouser of all things right (right as in “right-wing”, not necessarily right as in “right”!)

Let’s take a quick look at just some of the things this guy was alleged to have actually publicly espoused.

Some highlights (perhaps the word lowlights would be more apt) were the fact that Buckley was allegedly a supporter of apartheid in South Africa, was allegedly an advocate of the non provision of US voting rights to African Americans, was allegedly an ardent supporter of the neo-“Spanish Inquisition” and the one of the darkest moments in recent US history in the Mc Carthy investigations and trials, and was allegedly an advocate of extreme anti-AIDS/anti-gay measures such as, allegedly, the tattooing of the buttocks of AIDS sufferers.

The image “https://i1.wp.com/d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20080227/i/r3204645221.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.Buckley believed in white superiority over blacks as late as 1961, said the author of the upcoming book “White Protestant Nation: The Rise of the American Conservative Movement.”

Allan Lichtman, who reviewed Buckley’s papers at Yale University, said Buckley defended apartheid in South Africa and that National Review editorials referred to white superiority.

I pray every Negro will not be given the vote in South Carolina tomorrow” Buckley wrote in a private letter to Douglas Stewart dated October 10, 1961, according to Lichtman.

Buckley wrote this paragraph in 1957 for the National Review;

“The central question that emerges—and it is not a parliamentary question or a question that is answered by merely consulting a catalog of the rights of American citizens, born Equal— is whether the White community in the South is entitled to take such measures as are necessary to prevail, politically and culturally, in areas in which 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.”

Famously, he referred to Gore Vidal as a “queer” and threatened to punch his teeth out, when Vidal wouldn’t stop calling him a cypto-fascist in a famous TV debate from 1968. Here’s a clip:

http://www.youtube.com/v/tRjZR8j4-z4


https://i1.wp.com/www.thewashingtonnote.com/archives/william%20f.%20buckley.jpgWhen AIDS patients – and gay people generally – were widely demonised and feared, Buckley was only too happy to pile on in a cruel and bigoted way. Luckily the US Government was not insane enough to have followed Buckley’s alleged advice and to have “tattooed the buttocks” of AIDS sufferers!

His father, William Buckley Snr on one occasion apparently sent his children (not including William Jr) to burn a cross, symbol of the Ku Klux Klan, on the lawn of a Jewish hotel! Although his father was said to have had extreme anti-Semitism views – Buckley, a Roman Catholic, in public denounced anti-Semitism.

All in all, more than fascinating that a person who allegedly held such extreme views could have been held up as one of the most influential persons in the Politics of the most powerful nation on Earth.

Wait a minute! Anti black, anti gay, anti communist, anti liberal? Racist, homophobe, fascist? Sounds familiar. Yes – there’s a word for that. It’s coming to me now …. erm …. four letters! … seems to start with the letter N …. seems to end with the letter I! … the letter Z is there somewhere too. Bah .. I can’t for some reason recall it exactly!

As a Roman Catholic believer, no doubt he would have thought sometimes about the Roman Catholic concepts of Heaven and Hell and where, in line with RC beliefs, he would end up. Perhaps I’ll get the ouija board out tonight and try to find out where. Unfortunately, I don’t have a ouija board though! For some strange reason, however, I might have an idea already! It’s coming to me now …. seems to start with the letter H … the letter E is there somewhere too. Bah .. I can’t, for some reason, recall it exactly!

Maybe he had a sense of humour though. “I am, I fully grant, a phenomenon, but not because of any speed in composition,” he wrote in The New York Times Book Review in 1986. “I asked myself the other day, ‘Who else, on so many issues, has been so right so much of the time?’ I couldn’t think of anyone.” Erm …… who has been less right, I wonder! Goebbels?

March 4, 2008 Posted by | William F. Buckley, _ARTICLE, _OTHER | Leave a comment

William F. Buckley gone & not forgotten

Conservative writer William Buckley dead at 82

https://i1.wp.com/img.timeinc.net/time/magazine/archive/covers/1967/1101671103_400.jpgWilliam F. Buckley Jr, died last week – on 27 February.

Born 24 November, 1925, in New York City, William Frank Buckley Jr. was born into extreme wealth and privilege, being the sixth of 10 children of a multimillionaire with oil holdings in seven countries. Buckley spent his early childhood in France and England, in exclusive Roman Catholic schools. (Being the sixth of 10 children, I could’ve guessed he was from Roman Catholic stock!)

All the obits describe Buckley – see here for example www.cnbc.com – as a sort of Conservative Icon, and basically a rabid espouser of all things right (right as in “right-wing”, not necessarily right as in “right”!)

Let’s take a quick look at just some of the things this guy was alleged to have actually publicly espoused.

Some highlights (perhaps the word lowlights would be more apt) were the fact that Buckley was allegedly a supporter of apartheid in South Africa, was allegedly an advocate of the non provision of US voting rights to African Americans, was allegedly an ardent supporter of the neo-“Spanish Inquisition” and the one of the darkest moments in recent US history in the Mc Carthy investigations and trials, and was allegedly an advocate of extreme anti-AIDS/anti-gay measures such as, allegedly, the tattooing of the buttocks of AIDS sufferers.

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Allan Lichtman, who reviewed Buckley’s papers at Yale University, said Buckley defended apartheid in South Africa and that National Review editorials referred to white superiority.

I pray every Negro will not be given the vote in South Carolina tomorrow” Buckley wrote in a private letter to Douglas Stewart dated October 10, 1961, according to Lichtman.

Buckley wrote this paragraph in 1957 for the National Review;

“The central question that emerges—and it is not a parliamentary question or a question that is answered by merely consulting a catalog of the rights of American citizens, born Equal— is whether the White community in the South is entitled to take such measures as are necessary to prevail, politically and culturally, in areas in which 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.”

Famously, he referred to Gore Vidal as a “queer” and threatened to punch his teeth out, when Vidal wouldn’t stop calling him a cypto-fascist in a famous TV debate from 1968. Here’s a clip:


https://i1.wp.com/www.thewashingtonnote.com/archives/william%20f.%20buckley.jpgWhen AIDS patients – and gay people generally – were widely demonised and feared, Buckley was only too happy to pile on in a cruel and bigoted way. Luckily the US Government was not insane enough to have followed Buckley’s alleged advice and to have “tattooed the buttocks” of AIDS sufferers!

His father, William Buckley Snr on one occasion apparently sent his children (not including William Jr) to burn a cross, symbol of the Ku Klux Klan, on the lawn of a Jewish hotel! Although his father was said to have had extreme anti-Semitism views – Buckley, a Roman Catholic, in public denounced anti-Semitism.

All in all, more than fascinating that a person who allegedly held such extreme views could have been held up as one of the most influential persons in the Politics of the most powerful nation on Earth.

Wait a minute! Anti black, anti gay, anti communist, anti liberal? Racist, homophobe, fascist? Sounds familiar. Yes – there’s a word for that. It’s coming to me now …. erm …. four letters! … seems to start with the letter N …. seems to end with the letter I! … the letter Z is there somewhere too. Bah .. I can’t for some reason recall it exactly!

As a Roman Catholic believer, no doubt he would have thought sometimes about the Roman Catholic concepts of Heaven and Hell and where, in line with RC beliefs, he would end up. Perhaps I’ll get the ouija board out tonight and try to find out where. Unfortunately, I don’t have a ouija board though! For some strange reason, however, I might have an idea already! It’s coming to me now …. seems to start with the letter H … the letter E is there somewhere too. Bah .. I can’t, for some reason, recall it exactly!

Maybe he had a sense of humour though. “I am, I fully grant, a phenomenon, but not because of any speed in composition,” he wrote in The New York Times Book Review in 1986. “I asked myself the other day, ‘Who else, on so many issues, has been so right so much of the time?’ I couldn’t think of anyone.” Erm …… who has been less right, I wonder! Goebbels?

March 4, 2008 Posted by | William F. Buckley, _EDITORIAL | Leave a comment