The New York Times reports in a news story that William F. Buckley Jr. is divesting himself of control and ownership of “National Review,” the journal he founded 49 years ago. WFB was never a culture warrior, and these days, he’s not much of a warrior of any kind. Of course, at the age of 78, he’s entitled to set aside some responsibilities. What is so annoying about the Times’ account is the explicit assumption that American Conservatism in 2004 is this grand success, and that we have been led there by people such as the man with the Jeweler’s Eye.
Magazines publish articles about defending “traditional” marriage, but for the mainstream press, American has “drifted to the Right”. Who wouldn’t rather live in that “liberal” America of 1950?