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    the assertion that ". . .respected conservatives like William Buckley could and would take on the John Birch Society's poisonous revisionist view of American history."  Buckley was strongly opposed to the JBS less for its nuttier ideas (Ike is a commie) than for its skepticism about the Cold War. Buckley was fanatically anti-communist and certainly was happy to make common cause with liberals who supported mutual nuclear annihilation.

    "Respectable" conservatism in the 1960s was fiercely racist - have a look at a few of the editorials in "National Review" about the time of the Civil Rights Act.

    Modern conservatism is not a perversion of the conservatism of the 1950s and 1960s. It is simply a logical development.

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      (not about the racist part).  

      You can't remove people from their times. Buckley was pretty mainstream and it was a big deal to denounce the Birchers—which doesn't excuse everything and anything else.

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Sun May 27, 2012 at 09:51:16 AM PDT

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