National Review – Let’s Not Upset the Left

2021 May 12
by bc3b

There was a time when many of us – including me – looked forward to the arrival of National Review in the mail. We would read it cover to cover and many had collections of back issues.

All that has changed. William F. Buckley, Jr. died. Metrosexual Rich Lowry and his band of girly men now control National Review. Looking back, it’s possible to make a case that Buckley was more of an elitist than a conservative. Interesting fact: he never had a driver’s license. His chauffer drove him everywhere. That could explain Buckley’s great animosity toward the John Birch Society – the deplorables of their time. Buckley likely viewed them as the great unwashed masses, unworthy of associating with conservative philosophers. But, I digress.

The question is: How does National Review stay afloat? Do you know anyone who subscribes these days? When he was alive Buckley dipped into his personal fortune to keep the magazine afloat and its subscriber base was far larger than today.

In 1867, Karl Marx published Das Kapital. And it was Trump’s fault.

Or as Jim Geraghty at the National Review argues that the “the most lasting legacy of the Trump presidency will be a culturally dominant progressive left.” Geraghty blames President Trump for undermining a strategy of polite surrender that is exactly the reason why the Left dominates our culture (as it has for 70 years), our politics, and now even corporations. 

The culturally dominant progressive left that the National Review was built to fight against, before it decided to instead fight against Trump, was around long before Trump was born. 

The Left began consolidating its control over the Democrats with the convention riots in Chicago in ‘68: decimating anti-Communist liberals, and paving the way for Carter, Clinton, and Obama. And it had dominated the entertainment industry, the media, and academia long before that.

If a “culturally dominant progressive left” is President Trump’s legacy, then why was William F. Buckley Jr., the founder of the National Review, standing “athwart history, yelling ‘Stop’”? 

And since standing athwart and yelling at history was the National Review’s mission statement, why did it ever come into being back when Donald J. Trump was all of 9 years old?

In 1955, Buckley wrote in that same mission statement that “conservatives in this country… are non-licensed nonconformists; and this is dangerous business in a Liberal world.”


The National Review’s case against Trump is that he didn’t take it lying down and fought back. And that by doing so he provoked leftists to greater extremes of hatred, fury, and power grabs.

And its alternative strategy is what?

Don’t make the Left angry. If you get it too upset, too worked up, and too furious, it’ll be an even bigger threat. It’s best to play the nice conservative mice treading warily around the big red cat.

That’s not an indictment of President Trump, but of the National Review.

The magazine’s original mandate has gone from standing athwart history, yelling, “Stop”, to standing carefully alongside it and politely whispering, “Can’t You Slow Down a Little?”

Don’t make the Left too angry isn’t a battle strategy: it’s a collaborator’s plan to manage defeat.

“The progressive Left is a much stronger cultural force in 2021 than it was on Election Day 2016, and it is hard to believe that Trump’s presidency had nothing to do with that,” Geraghty argues at Buckley’s old magazine. 


They had become chronicles of the decline, intimately familiar with the facts, but emotionally detached from them, who had turned an activist publication that railed at the establishment into an establishment publication that railed at the activists. Instead of standing athwart history, the National Review spent all of its time shushing anyone rude enough to actually yell at leftists.

“We begin publishing, then, with a considerable stock of experience with the irresponsible Right, and a despair of the intransigence of the Liberals, who run this country; and all this in a world dominated by the jubilant single-mindedness of the practicing Communist, with his inside track to History. All this would not appear to augur well for National Review. Yet we start with a considerable — and considered — optimism,” Buckley wrote 66 years ago.


A magazine so afraid of the leftist reaction to being trolled on Twitter is unready, unwilling, and unfit to beat the Left.

The National Review would like you to stop upsetting the Left. But maybe it should instead reread its mission statement and ask when was the last time it stood athwart history instead of standing in the way of conservatives who want to win, and stop upsetting the war on the Left.

Hat tip: American Thinker

National Review Magazine February 15, 2016, Issue

35 Responses leave one →
  1. 2021 May 12 7:52 am
    bc3b permalink

    I enjoyed watching Firing Line. But, looking back at William F. Buckley, Jr. he seemed to be more interested in philosophizing and debating than taking action.

    I question whether he would have supported Trump – too crass.

  2. 2021 May 12 7:56 am
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

  3. 2021 May 12 7:57 am
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    National Review was always a CIA front though not a magazine.

  4. 2021 May 12 8:04 am
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

  5. 2021 May 12 8:10 am
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    Patrick Blake will be driving car #21

  6. 2021 May 12 8:21 am
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    Remember When Liz was the main spreader of fake news?

    Liz Cheney was the primary culprit of spreading fake news on Russian Bounties to undermine Trump

  7. 2021 May 12 8:49 am
    JimNorCal permalink


    A Louisiana high school teacher laid it on the line recently when he correctly told the local school board that gender identity education was “liberal ideology” that is creeping into New Orleans area classrooms.

    Jonathan Koeppel, a third-year Spanish teacher, played a clip from a lesson used by students called “BrainPop,” in which children are directed to stop using personal pronouns like “he” and “she” and begin using gender neutral words like “they.”

    While addressing the school board, he said, “This isn’t a political indoctrination camp, it’s public education.” His full address can be heard in viral video circulating the web.

    “I was really shocked when I found out that a children’s program was promoting this idea that there are infinite genders to children,” Koeppel told the Daily Caller. “When I saw this was happening, I realized that kids in my area were being exposed to this; I said you know what, I am not going to be quiet about it. I am going to make a very firm stance.”

  8. 2021 May 12 8:52 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    6, Liz Cheney was all-in on Russia but not one word on election shenanigans.

  9. 2021 May 12 8:56 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    4, Pysh is also hugely skeptical of ETH.
    Still, there is a ton of stuff being developed to run on its platform. I wonder if I should bail or simply say “yeah, Microsoft was horrible tech but it dominated the PC world, so maybe ETH sucks but will win the marketplace”

  10. 2021 May 12 9:05 am
    Eph permalink

    Bitcoin… RIP

    That was fun

  11. 2021 May 12 9:09 am
    bc3b permalink

    Being a member of the opposition party leadership means attacking the other party and the President’s policies.

    Liz gave Biden a fist bump when he addressed the joint session of Congress, but can anyone think of her attacking Biden and the Democrats in the past three months.

  12. 2021 May 12 9:45 am
    bc3b permalink

  13. 2021 May 12 10:23 am

    3 – Actually agree, at least in part.
    Remember when the same bs was throw at Trump, only this one lacks any real call to action, no calls to resist, leak, or any of the BS, just “hey please support better candidates people.” Useless.

  14. 2021 May 12 10:31 am

  15. 2021 May 12 11:01 am
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    Im staying irresponsibly long wll crypto until mid summer when i plan on taking some down

  16. 2021 May 12 11:03 am
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    I dont really hold national review in contempt btw bc i think they had a valid point of view as to dealing w the spread of communism.

    But i do like to know what it is and where they are coming from.

  17. 2021 May 12 12:00 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Colin Kaepernick to release book advocating abolition of police and prisons:

  18. 2021 May 12 12:47 pm

    18 – Gotta milk every last dime out of his already over-extended 15min, and plenty of morons will play along, if he was smart he got most his cash upfront for it.

  19. 2021 May 12 12:58 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    Kap is an idiot. Lets imagine he gets his wish, no prisons, no police. For me, ok I can play that game.

    If I have the need to kill someone, I would do it without reservation save my Christian upbringing. Its now shoot, shovel and shut up. No consequences. It is now a free for all. Only survivors are those with a fast gun hand and a sharp eye.

  20. 2021 May 12 1:05 pm
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    In Venezuela sometimes the prisoners run the prisons because it’s cheaper that way. The cops just drop of the food and the prison king distributes it lol. Supposedly they have three classes: gangsters, clerics, and the outcasts.

  21. 2021 May 12 1:08 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    11, yes like the entire GOPe leadership Liz ONLY attacks conservatives and the Repub base.
    Never Dems, never progressives, never traitors.
    Other than that ….

  22. 2021 May 12 1:24 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    For anyone interested a couple recent blog posts on Covid origin.
    Lots of discussion on blogs lately about whether it originated in the Wuhan Lab or naturally. The China gov’t, the Dem Party and the MSM are all indifferent to learning the truth about this, so various curious amateurs involved.
    But both of these articles have some decent, persuasive cites.
    Lots of meaty links in the comments too
    Dr. Fauci and Sen. Rand Paul had a contentious exchange at a Senate hearing yesterday. The gist – Sen. Paul said the NIH funded ‘gain of function’ research (say what!) at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) and Dr. Fauci emphatically denied it.

    PolitiFact then ran a non-fact check interview with Dr. Fauci in which he denied it again.

    But – awkward moment – in a Feb 2021 Fact Check, PolitiFact noted as an aside that, per MIT biologist Kevin Esvelt, the NIH had funded gain of function research at the WIV.
    “We stand together to strongly condemn conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin,” a group of virologists and others wrote in The Lancet on Feb. 19, 2020, when it was really far too soon for anyone to be sure what had happened…

    It later turned out that the Lancet letter had been organized and drafted by Peter Daszak, president of the New York City-based EcoHealth Alliance. Daszak’s organization funded coronavirus research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. If the SARS2 virus had indeed escaped from research he funded, Daszak would be potentially culpable. This acute conflict of interest was not declared to The Lancet’s readers. To the contrary, the letter concluded, “We declare no competing interests.”

  23. 2021 May 12 1:34 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    Again I ask, in God’s Plan is it any sense at all to be spending monies to enhance pestilence?? Don’t we have enough already? I watched the exchange between Paul and Fauci last night. Not once is the question even being raised whether we should be doing this at all.

  24. 2021 May 12 2:54 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    “We are in a fight for our survival as a Constitutional Republic like no other time since our founding in 1776. The conflict is between supporters of Socialism and Marxism vs. supporters of Constitutional freedom and liberty,” stated the letter (pdf), which was signed by 124 former generals and admirals, released by “Flag Officers 4 America.”

  25. 2021 May 12 2:55 pm
    fight on permalink

    KH if you are out there, is the gas situation bad in GA?

  26. 2021 May 12 3:26 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    fight on – he is in line.

  27. 2021 May 12 3:56 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    LOL. I did that in 1973.

  28. 2021 May 12 4:20 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    Biden visits Jimmuh, the next thing you know there’s inflation and gas lines.

  29. 2021 May 12 5:01 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Looking for gas in Raleigh:

  30. 2021 May 12 5:56 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    A Biden voter?

    Please stop the planet and let me off.

  31. 2021 May 12 6:59 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    Don’t you mean a soon to be BBQ’d Biden* voter? Jeez.

    Just remember GN, at some point she will terminate herself via stupidity leaving that much more for the rest of us.

  32. 2021 May 12 7:10 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    drdog – at least she did double bag it! Poor souls in California, Oregon, New York and several other states have banned plastic bags BUT they do have paper bags. I have heard others using styrofoam coolers.

  33. 2021 May 12 7:23 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Ever dropped gas on a open cell foam cooler? Its mush in seconds. 🙂

  34. 2021 May 12 7:24 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    While the entire country is on a countdown to the end of the health crisis, the retail industry should brace itself because a huge wave of closures is coming. Analysts from stockbroking firm UBS are warning that “at least tens of thousands” of store closures will occur as a result of the permanent shift in consumer behavior and the rise of e-commerce, whereas a new study conducted by Morgan Stanley experts found that 1 out of 3 shopping malls will soon disappear from the U.S. economic landscape. The decay of struggling U.S. malls has been years in the making. Industry analysts have been speculating for years what would be the ultimate catalyst to trigger malls’ undoing – and after the sanitary outbreak hit, they had their answer. It seems like hundreds of commercial properties have reached the point of no return across the U.S., and that’s mainly attributed to the fact that the strict social distancing restrictions forced consumers to learn to buy the things they like, want, and need using online platforms. In face of endless possibilities and increased convenience offered by the virtual experience, it’s very unlikely customers ever resume their previous spending patterns in physical stores.

    — Morgan Stanley

    1 in 3 malls gone in the next year.

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