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How extensive was Buckley’s influence?

March 10, 2008 by

Posner has some interesting thoughts. What I can’t stand is the incredible, shocking ignorance of those who claim that free market thought in American began with WFB. The Mises Institute has made available vast quantities of books and publications–Nock, Garrett, Flynn, Hazlitt, Mencken, and on and on–that were far better than the stuff you get from National Review today. Posner doesn’t seem to know anything about this. So far as I can tell, the claims about the originality of WFB and the NatRev are wholly mythical — but for the addition of Cold Warism, which seems like an anachronism today in any case.


Forrest March 10, 2008 at 7:57 pm

I don’t know what you are talking about re WFB. As a young man I recall reading quite a few articles espousing libertarian economic principles in National Review including several by Henry Hazlitt (who I believe was on the masthead of the magazine.). Primarily an editor and journalist, Buckley always championed free market economics and often referred specifically to Albert Jay Nock. I certainly was brought to read “Memoirs of a Superfluous Man” by enthusiastic references to it in the early to mid-60′s NR.

Say what you will about rabid anti-communism and our current sorry state of affairs but 40 or 50 years ago National Review and The Freeman were the only game in town and it wasn’t a myth.

jeff March 10, 2008 at 8:45 pm

Forrest, if you read what i wrote, i was debunking the notion of originality. that is different from what you address here.

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