Magazine September 21, 2009, Issue

From the Creators of the Great Society

A sign on an insurance store advertises Obamacare in San Ysidro, San Diego, Calif., October 26, 2017. (Mike Blake/Reuters)
Obamacare is a tough sell because we’ve seen how grandiose plans turn out in Washington

When William F. Buckley Jr. died last year, most obituaries mentioned National Review’s dubious record on civil rights. Some of the magazine’s statements from that era are indeed difficult to read today, but however incautiously they may have been expressed, it’s important to remember that they were motivated partly, perhaps mostly, by small-government principles. In discussing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, for instance, NR cited with approval Barry Goldwater’s view “that the bill’s famous Title VII, creating the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, would unwisely extend a federal bureaucracy into areas of personal relationship and property management that should better …

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