Off the Bus

  • Paul Edward Gottfried


In October of 2005 the national press celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of National Review and the eightieth birthday of its creator, William F. Buckley. Publications normally not in sync with one another seemed univocal as they bestowed accolades on Buckley for his role in building the postwar conservative movement. Two of these tributes, by E. J. Dionne in the Washington Post and by Jonah Goldberg on the National Review Web site, deserve mention because of their reliance on what has become received history after fifty years. For Dionne, Bucldey was “the Right’s practical intellectual,” who had been “challenging liberal elites on their own ground.” He “pioneered the most effective form of conservative jujitsu,” constructing a movement “devoted to the interests of the wealthy and powerful casting itself as a collection of populists challenging liberal snobbery.” Dionne then admits, “I am now and have been almost all my life an admirer of William F. Buckley, Jr.,” despite the fact that Buckley “was far too effective on behalf of a movement that I think should be driven from power.”1


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