Adam Serwer on the sink of iniquity that is National Review:
National Review Defends Its Segregationist Roots: You'd think that National Review would be trying to put things like its proud advocacy of white supremacy during the Civil Rights Movement to rest, but Fred Schwartz wants you to know that William F. Buckley was right, dammit:
Anyone who knows what “states’ rights” meant in 1964 must shudder at those words; but in retrospect, Goldwater and the editors [of National Review] had at least half a point...
Here are the editors of National Review, with their half a point:
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 in which it does not prevail numerically? The sobering answer is Yes – the White community is so entitled because, for the time being, it is the advanced race. It is not easy, and it is unpleasant, to adduce statistics evidencing the cultural superiority of White over Negro: but it is a fact that obtrudes, one that cannot be hidden by ever-so-busy egalitarians and anthropologists...
In context, when William F. Buckley calls for "such measures as are necessary to prevail" he is calling for measures up to and including murder and terrorism--and he knows it.
Anybody writing for National Review who wants to be regarded as a human being by anyone in the future, now would be a very good time to vocally express your dissent from the claim that William F. Buckley and company had "half a point."