16 October 2008

National Review Purges Buckley!

Richard Spencer puts the purge in perspective, recalling Buckley Senior's penchant for firing conservatives not of the mold.
Though many will probably think it shocking—inconceivable—that a Buckley would be purged at NR, the whole matter stands as a kind of ironic culmination—almost to the point of parody—of a series of purges at NR over the past half century. The fact that at the end of the line, a member of the Buckley family got the boot is almost too perfect.

It’s worth revisiting the saga.
As Peter Brimelow has related, much of the subsequent purges in the ‘90s centered around the then-burgeoning debate on immigration, and more specifically, the fact that Buckley’s hand-picked replacement as editor, John O’Sullivan, had brought in NR writers seriously interested in the “national question,” Brimelow and Steve Sailer among them. With O’Sulliavan, NR was on the cutting edge for perhaps the last time in its history, publishing in 1992 Brimelow’s extensive 14,000-word call to “Rethink Immigration.”

Within five years, O’Sullivan was gone [fired], as Buckley and his second attempt at an intellectual heir, Rich Lowry, moved the magazine in a direction that made it not only more palatable with the Wall Street Journal-set but the neconons, then close to being regnant within the conservative movement.
You can read the rest here.