The Press: Thunder on the Right

The John Birch Society generally dismisses its critics as Communists, Com-symps or, at best, Communist dupes. Last week a surprising new recruit turned up in the symp-dupe ranks: the ultra-conservative National Review.

The Review, founded in 1955 by William F. (God and Man at Yale) Buckley Jr., is an increasingly lively, literate journal that is constantly goading the "Liberal Establishment." But many a liberal organ might have envied the Review's devastating analysis of the thinking of the Birch Society's founder, onetime Boston Candymaker Robert Welch.

The Review argued that Welch, far from repenting such...

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