William F. Buckley Jr. advocated for a strong Western Civilization, free from threats against our freedoms. Indeed, at Buckley’s last official National Review board meeting, held in late 2007, he explicitly and dramatically tasked directors with making a consistent and relentless fight against Islamic terrorism and extremism a top priority. Inspired by Mr. Buckley’s call, and by current events, the National Review Institute has embraced the mission to stand athwart radicalism, yelling stop, with the creation of the Center for the Defense of Western Civilization, which will connect leading conservative intellectuals with loyal followers and supporters from across the nation, all with the sole aim of protecting a free society and defeating its determined foes. The Center’s work primarily focuses on two key NRI senior fellows Victor Davis Hanson and Andrew C. McCarthy.
Victor Davis Hanson is an American military historian, columnist, former classics professor, and scholar of ancient warfare. He has been a commentator on modern warfare and contemporary politics for National Review and other media outlets. He was a professor of classics at California State University, Fresno, and is currently the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He has been a visiting professor at Hillsdale College since 2004. Hanson is perhaps best known for his 2001 book, Carnage and Culture. Hanson was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2007 by President George W. Bush. Hanson is also a farmer (growing raisin grapes on a family farm in Selma, California) and a critic of social trends related to farming and agrarianism.
Andrew C. McCarthy III is a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. He led the 1995 terrorism prosecution against Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman and eleven others. The defendants were convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and of planning a series of attacks against New York City landmarks. He also contributed to the prosecutions of terrorists who bombed U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. He resigned from the Justice Department in 2003. He is a contributing editor of National Review.
Mr. Buckley founded National Review in 1955 in large part to provide a locus of intelligent opposition to communism, which he called “the century’s most blatant force of satanic utopianism.” While the Soviet threat resides in history’s dustbin, helped put there by NR, the prescient Buckley legacy of articulating a strong and forceful defense of America and Western civilization against other foes, whether it be a threat from radical Islam or from multiculturalism, or some other germinating threat, continues, with a special determination and focus, through NRI’s Center for the Defense of Western Civilization.
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