National Review

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The National Review is an influential political newsmagazine, created by William F. Buckley in 1955 and currently edited by Rich Lowry. Along with the Weekly Standard and the American Spectator, it is regarded as one of the Big Three of conservative magazines. Neither the National Review nor the Weekly Standard have been particularly conservative on social issues.

The National Review is somewhat neoconservative in philosophy, though not as neoconservative as the Weekly Standard. It also is prominent in the Never Trump movement.

Early history

At the time of the Magazine's founding, National Review met with harsh criticism from progressive activists. Ranging anywhere from "fascist", "nazi", and other common epithets that they've been using for decades, they tried to marginalize the publication to prevent it from ever becoming successful.[1]

Four Horsemen of Progressivism

In 2009, National Review ran a series of four articles attempting to highlight the history of progressivism and how it relates to today.[2][3] They highlighted Richard T. Ely,[4] John Dewey,[5] Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.,[6] and Herbert Croly.[7]

Shift to the Left

After the passing of Buckley, National Review drifted strongly in favor of the "well-fed Right" that Buckley lamented so many years ago, being strongly in favor of Paul Ryan for speaker, and considering Mitch McConnell as the "best Republican Senate leader in a generation."[8] It was home to many anti-Trump commentators during and after the 2016 presidential election.

See also

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External links


  1. William F. Buckley Jr.: The Maker of a Movement, "Dwight Macdonald in Commentary wrote that the magazine appealed to "the half-educated, half-successful provincials... who responded to Huey Long, Father Coughlin, and Senator McCarthy."
  2. The Four Horsemen Of The Progressive Apocalypse
  3. Now that’s Progressive!
  4. Richard Ely’s Golden Calf
  5. John Dewey and the Philosophical Refounding of America
  6. The Curious Constitution of Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
  7. Herbert Croly’s American Bismarcks