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 primarily focuses on the work of the following NRI senior fellows: Victor Davis Hanson, Andrew C. McCarthy, Jonah Goldberg, John O’Sullivan, and Douglas Murray.
Victor Davis Hanson is an American military historian, columnist, a 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.
Jonah Goldberg holds the Cliff Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute, is a senior fellow at National Review Institute, and is a Senior Editor at National Review. A best-selling author, his nationally syndicated column appears regularly in over a hundred newspapers across the United States. He is also a weekly columnist for the Los Angeles Times, a member of the board of contributors to USA Today, a Fox News contributor, and a regular member of the “Fox News All-Stars” on “Special Report with Bret Baier.” He was the founding editor of National Review Online. The Atlantic magazine identified Goldberg as one of the top 50 political commentators in America. Among his awards, in 2011 he was named the Robert J. Novak Journalist of the Year at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). He has written on politics, media, and culture for a wide variety of leading publications and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs. He is the author of two New York Times bestsellers: “The Tyranny of Clichés” (Sentinel HC, 2012) and “Liberal Fascism” (Doubleday, 2008).
John O’Sullivan is an author and journalist. He is a senior fellow at the National Review Institute. He spent the last four decades as a writer, columnist, and editor on news organizations and magazines on both sides of the Atlantic, most recently as the Executive Editor of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty in Prague and a Vice-President of the RFERL Corporation. He stepped down from this position in December 2011. O’Sullivan is also editor-at-large of National Review where he served as editor-in-chief for almost a decade.
Douglas Murray is a bestselling author and award-winning political commentator. He is a senior fellow at the National Review Institute. He previously founded the Centre for Social Cohesion, a think tank studying extremism and terrorism in the UK. He has authored books on neoconservatism, terrorism and national security, and freedom of speech. His latest book, The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam, was released in May 2017.
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, multiculturalism, or some other germinating threat, continues, with a special determination and focus, through NRI’s Center for the Defense of Western Civilization.