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Buckley at 80

The journalist who helped to create the "southern strategy," transforming the Republicans

By James P Pinkerton   January 2006

If, as Carlyle believed, “The history of the world is but the biography of great men,” then William F Buckley—80 in November—rates a place in the history of our time. Fifty years ago, Buckley, the New York city-born heir to a Texas oil fortune, started a magazine with the express purpose of making his historical mark. In the first issue of National Review, dated 19th November 1955, he declared that his new publication “stands athwart history, yelling Stop.” Today, at a time when the left extols the virtues of competition and even privatisation, it’s a challenge to think back to…

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