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William F. Buckley, Jr.: Pied Piper for the Establishment [Hardcover]

by John F. McManus
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July 15, 2002 1881919064 978-1881919063
Conservatism used to equal an undeniable love for God, family, and our Republic. That was before the "neo" conservatives came, before William F. Buckley, Jr. was chosen by the liberal establishment as the chief spokesman for conservatives. From the 1960s to today, conservative Americans have been led astray by Buckley and other false conservatives who want to interject the U.S. government into almost every aspect of our lives. John F. McManus, president of The John Birch Society, presents a critical examination of Buckley's life and career, including Buckley's: promotion of liberal causes, from abortion, drugs, and pornography, to the Panama Canal giveaway; connections to the CFR, CIA and Yale's Skull & Bones Society; selection of ex-Communists, Trotskyites, and CIA veterans to staff National Review; and unwarranted attack on JBS founder Robert Welch to prove himself "acceptable" to the liberal establishment. Don't let yourself be fooled! By understanding how and why the New York-Washington establishment embraced Buckley and his so-called conservatism, you can avoid the traps laid down by similar false conservatives. Get your copy today!

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Grigg shows the UN plan, not only in lands where populations have been disarmed, but even in America. -- The New American, November 19, 2001

About the Author

An award-winning investigative journalist, William Norman Grigg is Senior Editor for The New American magazine. He resides in Appleton, Wisconsin, with his wife Korrin and sons William, Isaiah, and Jefferson.

As a correspondent for The New American, Mr. Grigg has covered numerous United Nations summits and conferences, including the 1994 population control summit in Cairo, Egypt, the 1995 social development summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, and the 2000 Millennium Forum and 2001 small arms conference, but at UN Headquarters in New York City.

Mr. Grigg has written and co-produced several video documentaries, including Tragedy by Design (1997), Injustice for All: The International Criminal Court (1998), and Civilian Disarmament: Prelude to Tyranny (2000). His previous books are The Gospel Revolt: Feminism vs. The Family (1993) and Freedom on the Altar: The UN's Crusade Against God and Family (1995).

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Birch Society (July 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1881919064
  • ISBN-13: 978-1881919063
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,639,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Understand the "Establishment" January 9, 2007
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This is a great book to help understand the relationship of the Establishment Elite to the control of high government positions, the Major Media, and the use of that media in portraying false images (reputations) of various persons in positions of leadership and influence. And, of course, it shines a light on Buckley's phoney "conservatism" and allows you to also see through deceptions of other so-called conservatives who spout similar rhetoric.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totalitarian conservative? January 1, 2004
In his introduction, John McManus quotes from a 1952 essay by William F. Buckley, Jr. published in the Catholic magazine Commonweal. Buckley wrote:
"...we have got to accept Big Government for the duration -- for neither an offensive nor a defensive war can be waged, given our present government skills, except through the instrument of a totalitarian bureaucracy within our shores..."
I had seen this infamous quote before I read McManus' book, but reading the book motivated me to check the original source in the local university library: McManus is quoting accurately and the quote is not taken out of context.
So, why would a writer, such as Buckley, who has made a career claiming to be an opponent of Big Government and a defender of traditional values and individual rights, endorse a "totalitarian bureaucracy within our shores"?
This is the question which McManus' book aims to answer.
McManus is President of the right-wing John Birch society, but, although I myself differ from McManus and his group on a host of issues (ranging from abortion and the Drug War to China policy), I found his book to be well-documented, accurate, and chockful of relevant facts.
Part of McManus' explanation rests on the fact, publicly acknowledged by Buckley, that Buckley was at one time a CIA operative; some of Buckley's closest political associates (e.g., James Burnham, Willmoore Kendall) were also CIA operatives. The CIA's penchant for clandestinely funneling money to useful intellectuals is now a matter of public record (see, e.g., Saunders' "The Cultural Cold War").
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You Mr. McManus March 16, 2010
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First let me say; I was very glad to find that had this title available! When the book was first released in 2002, I had planned to order it, but (with nothing really clever to say); I simply forgot to do so. My interest was recently re-kindled however, when I read a comment referencing Mr. Buckley and his animus for an organization, that I have been happily affiliated with for over 32 years.
A bonus for me in "William F. Buckley Jr.: Pied Piper for the Establishment" which I was previously unaware, was the connection between neo-conservatives, and Mr. Buckley's "style" of conservatism. This connection is profoundly revealed in the pages of this book. Indeed, Mr. McManus clearly vested many hours of research in writing this tremendous and important book. After all; Bill Buckley Jr. and his brand of conservatism was difficult to firmly characterize - Both he and his beliefs, were rather like nailing jello to the wall. In summary, all I can say is: Thank you John F. McManus!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Violet June 7, 2010
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This is one of the best books on the subject of William F. Buckley. It explains why Mr.Buckley is not the great conservative that he tried to make everyone believe. If you want to read the other side of William F. and what he really was all about , this is the book to read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Playing Fair -- (Well-Documented) July 28, 2008
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We like to think that armies wear colors so we can identify friends and enemies. (Like Paul Revere's cry, "The Redcoats are coming.") Well, in politics, there is so much at stake that some are unwilling to wear their true colors. The author was fooled by Wm. F. Buckley early on and I learned a lot from his book. As Anatoli Granovsky explained in his I Was An NKVD Agent, documentary, they like to lead their own opposition. You may be shocked -- as I was -- at the wealth of facts presented here in John F. McManus's William F. Buckley, Jr., Pied Piper for the Establishment. Now is the time for us to find leaders who are true blue. Don Folkers, Damariscotta, ME 04543-0316
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