Déjà Vu: Wm. F. Buckley on the Institute for Policy Studies

The “only difference worth noting between” the now-defunct Liberty Lobby and Institute for Policy Studies, the late William F. Buckley Jr., founder of the National Review, wrote May 3, 1981, in the Mobile Register, is that the “IPS people tend to be more literate, more erudite. They’re not as literate or erudite as Lenin or Trotsky, but they are as despicable, nothwithstanding which dozens upon dozens of Washington bureaucrats and congressional aides associate with the IPS, and such senators as Mark Hatfield and journals as The New Republic send valentines to the IPS.”

The late senator from Oregon, Mark O. Hatfield, was well-known as a Republican “champion of liberal causes” — for 30 years.

So little has changed. The evidence of liberal Democrat and Republican connections with the America-hating pro-communist IPS has been there for many decades.

Buckley was prescient:

“The outgoing head of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which distributes a cool $100 million of federal money to scholars bent on studying this or that, refers to Marcus Raskin, the dominant figure at IPS, as ‘America’s most important intellectual.’ (If this were true, then we’d be in such condition in America as Germany was at a time when one might, in all truth say, that Goebbels was Germany’s most important publicist.)”

Those among you who might be history-challenged may not know that Joseph Goebbels was “one of Adolf Hitler’s closest associates and most devout followers, … known for his zealous orations and anti-Semitism.”

America has its equivalent of Goebbels today — except that it has multiplied into an army. It’s called the in-the-tank “mainstream media”, JournoList, progressive bloggers, Organizing for America, and the rest of the White House echo chamber, replete with in-house and contracted public relations “truth tellers”.

Hoocoodanode? Anyone paying the least bit of attention.

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