- Joined Mar 30, 2007
Buckley is the founder of the National Review.IN 1957, as Congress was debating the first Civil Rights Act since Reconstruction, Buckley penned an op-ed that scrubbed away the euphemisms to get straight to the heart of the matter.
“Let us speak frankly,” Buckley wrote in the editorial, titled “Why The South Must Prevail.”
“The South does not want to deprive the Negro of a vote for the sake of depriving him of the vote,” he goes on. “In some parts of the South, the White community merely intends to prevail — that is all. It means to prevail on any issue on which there is corporate disagreement between Negro and White. The White community will take whatever measures are necessary to make certain that it has its way.”
Buckley goes on to weigh whether such a position is kosher from a sophisticated, conservative perspective. “The central question that emerges,” he writes, “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 predominate numerically?” His answer is clear:
Having justified denying the vote to blacks in the South as “enlightened,” Buckley then grapples with the proper level of violence needed to sustain the “civilized standards” he is intent on upholding.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 median 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. The question, as far as the White community is concerned, is whether the claims of civilization supersede those of universal suffrage. The British believe they do, and acted accordingly, in Kenya, where the choice was dramatically one between civilization and barbarism, and elsewhere; the South, where the conflict is by no means dramatic, as in Kenya, nevertheless perceives important qualitative differences between its culture and the Negroes’, and intends to assert its own. NATIONAL REVIEW believes that the South’s premises are correct. If the majority wills what is socially atavistic, then to thwart the majority may be, though undemocratic, enlightened. It is more important for any community, anywhere in the world, to affirm and live by civilized standards, than to bow to the demands of the numerical majority.
Sometimes it becomes impossible to assert the will of a minority, in which case it must give way, and the society will regress; sometimes the numerical minority cannot prevail except by violence: then it must determine whether the prevalence of its will is worth the terrible price of violence.
What the flip? I thought this was America! I'm sorry, I guess we can't be patriots anymore? Geeeeeeez.****ing goddamn cops showed up at my house last night talking about I can’t light off mortars and asking me all these personal questions. What the **** has happened to our country, I get really concerned about our freedoms when I can’t even light some fireworks. seems like the libs got to the cops too.
****ing goddamn cops showed up at my house last night talking about I can’t light off mortars and asking me all these personal questions. What the **** has happened to our country, I get really concerned about our freedoms when I can’t even light some fireworks. seems like the libs got to the cops too.
You're just practicing your 2nd amendment rights to fire your gun however you damn well please.Yeah it's crazy man. I tried shooting my AK-47 at the air yesterday in celebration of America's independence and the cops showed up smh. Like I can't even celebrate freedom anymore? Ridiculous.
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