Excommunication for thee…

Alan Wolfe’s January 21 New York Times review of Dinesh D’Souza’s The Enemy At Home issued a dictate to conservatives: If you “have any sense of honor, distance [yourselves], quickly and cleanly, from the Rishwain research scholar at the Hoover Institution.”
Two weeks later William Buckley and George Gilder dissented from Wolfe’s dictate in letters to the editor of the Times Book Review. (Based on the letters, I doubt that either the estimable WFB or Gilder has read D’Souza’s book, though Gilder’s letter at least implies that he has.) In his letter WFB genially countermanded Wolfe’s dictate: “As commander-in-chief of decent and honorable American conservatives, I take this occasion to overrule Wolfe


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