Thursday, February 28, 2008

Heckuva Guy

I know you're supposed to say nice things about the dead, and it's only been a few hours, but I'm already sick of hearing what a sweet, charming fellow William F. Buckley was. Here's a bit from his famous (though apparently forgotten?) 1957 essay Why the South Must Prevail:

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.

National Review believes that the South's premises are correct. . . . It is more important for the community, anywhere in the world, to affirm and live by civilized standards, than to bow to the demands of the numerical majority.

It is a shame he didn't live to see the possible Obama Administration. I'm sure he'd have had a lot of witty, intelligent insights.

Update: As always, the MexFiles is much smarter and more relevant.


Anonymous said...

1957 is a bit of reach.

That's the most recent quote you can trot out?

Does it mean anything that he later acknowledged that some of the NR positions on civil rights were a mistake?

The civil rights movement wouldn't have been necessary if everyone was as clear eyed and progressive as Burro Hall, but unfortunately that wasn't the case.

Maybe the old man learned a thing or two along the way.

Burro Hall said...

Like most segregationists, he changed his tune a bit after the battle was lost. Maybe he came across some anthropological research indicating that the Negro brain wasn't as primitive as he'd been led to believe. Or maybe he wanted to continue being invited to dinner parties.

Point well taken, though, about how much better the world would be if everyone thought like me.