Buckley and the Jews

Among other things, the late William F. Buckley — giant of postwar American conservatism and founder of National Review — played a key role in purging antisemitism from the ranks of his movement.

Jason Maoz addresses this aspect of Buckley’s life in a post on Commentary’s Contentions blog:

Black and gay Americans may not remember him quite as fondly (though, as Buckley biographer Sam Tanenhus notes, he did eventually recant his early opposition to the civil rights movement).

The charming Buckley did, however, manage to win the affections of many of those with whom he disagreed politically. Read a Q&A with Tanenhaus about Buckley here and a fond remembrance from liberal expert on conservatism Rick Perlstein here.

The New York Times obituary is here.

UPDATE: My colleague Alana Newhouse points out the following:

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