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This weekend I was plowing through a series of speeches and presentations from Robert Taft and Dwight D. Eisenhower from 1950-54 and marveling over how intelligent, even eloquent, they were—especially compared to what passes for thinking in today’s G.O.P. And of course there was also William F. Buckley, Jr., a man who had a limitless capacity to enrage liberals–many of whom would nevertheless concede his wit and erudition. A remembrance of W.F.B. appears today at the Daily Beast by his son, Chris. Reading it, one is reminded–there was a time when the G.O.P., and even National Review, had brains. What happened?
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
From the June 2014 issue
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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“I hope that after reading the following pages the leaders of the Y. M. C. A. will start a campaign to induce good young men to do nothing. If so, I shall not have lived in vain.”