Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Remembering a great conservative
A new biography of National Review's long-time publisher, conservative advocate, and key organizer.
Here is a talk by the author on CSPAN
Rusher's The Rise of the Right may be the best first person account of the conservative march from the wilderness to the Reagan landslide of 1980.
Rusher's conservatism had a streak of hard anti-communism. He was unapologetically pro-McCarthy and pro-HUAC. (He served for a time on the staff of the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee.) He lived long enough to see both the fall of Soviet communism and the release of the documents that proved the Red hunters had it mostly right. This piece he wrote in 2004 is probably the last expression of the anti-communism which animated NR at its founding.