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William F. Buckley Jr., RIP
William F. Buckley Jr. has died at the age of 82.

I'm not using the "well, this sucks" icon for this reason, as quoted by Patrick Nielsen Hayden on Making Light:

The central question that emerges…is whether the White community in the South is entitled to take such measures as are necessary to prevail, politically and culturally, in areas where 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.

Buckley said that in 1957 in the National Review. I don't see any good reason to give him a pass because he was an eloquent speaker and a talented writer.

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badlydrawnjeff From: badlydrawnjeff Date: February 29th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd think realizing he was wrong is one reason to say that perhaps he was a little more evolved than some of his critics would like to assert.
bill_leisner From: bill_leisner Date: February 29th, 2008 04:42 am (UTC) (Link)
^ You do realize, of course, that nowhere in that linked article does Buckley in any way, shape or form claim to realize that he was wrong to claim whites are "the advanced race." And he also spouts plenty more wrong bullshit, to boot.
badlydrawnjeff From: badlydrawnjeff Date: February 29th, 2008 04:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I could probably dig up about a half dozen other comments about the matter if I thought it would make a difference.
bill_leisner From: bill_leisner Date: February 29th, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
^ I agree, more irrelevant comments would hardly make a difference.
badlydrawnjeff From: badlydrawnjeff Date: February 29th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, it's certainly irrelevant to point out where a guy admits he was wrong about something.

debg From: debg Date: February 29th, 2008 07:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, when the headstone ought to read "mean prick" alongside "eloquent", it's hard to be anything other than profoundly underwhelmed.
girasole From: girasole Date: February 29th, 2008 01:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

In some defense of Buckley

I would like to see a more exact citation. Be that as it may, his ideas did develop and change over the decades, and that was 1957. What he gave to American debate and discourse was an extraordinary use of language, and for some of us, the belief that a conservative could actually have a working brain.
I will say that his language had a great influence on my 14-year-old self. I became a Jesuit-trained philosophical hippie mama flower child, but his language gave me something to lean and fight against.
quarkwiz From: quarkwiz Date: February 29th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wish I could find where I saw this so I could give you a link. I thought it was the thread in Making Light, but am not seeing it there. So... someone, somewhere wrote (paraphrased):

"We're only supposed to say good things about the deceased.

William F. Buckley is dead.

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