Magazine November 19, 2015, Issue

Still Thwarting History

(Roman Genn)

When he launched National Review 60 years ago, William F. Buckley Jr. famously declared an intention not to make history but to halt it. The magazine, he asserted, “stands athwart history, yelling Stop.” We conservatives know this old quip so well that we rarely stop to take it seriously. And we know, too, that simply stopping the Left was never the sum of Buckley’s ambitions, and could never be enough for us. But although it was not all that modern conservatism was born to do, defying the notion that the arc of history bends left has always been an important …

Yuval Levin is the director of social, cultural, and constitutional studies at the American Enterprise Institute and the editor of National Affairs.

In This Issue


Politics & Policy

The Apology Policy

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Climate Coercion

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The Twitter Trap

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Politics & Policy

Fusionism, Then and Now

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Books, Arts & Manners


Politics & Policy


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