Today is the tenth anniversary of the founding of View from the Right by Jim Kalb. The first VFR entry, by Mr. Kalb, dated April 20, 2002, is entitled, “Off to the Races!” It reads in part:
A problem with being a right-winger is that we’re constantly being drenched in what we reject. The media and experts are always with us, and on the whole they’re on the left…. It’s hard to see what will change that.I had been in close communication with Mr. Kalb while he was developing the site, and gave some suggestions which he adopted, relating to the font and also the site’s nickname. I suggested “VFR” rather than “VftR.” I also commented frequently, and a month later he invited me onboard. My first entry, “The man who resisted liberty and diversity,” is a light and humorous take on a passage from Plutarch, or rather a mistranslation of Plutarch. My second entry, “The neocons go left,” is more substantive, and opens a theme that has been central to VFR: the steady movement of conservatives, whether “neo” or “mainstream,” to the left.
In 2003, Jim decided to create a new blog, Turnabout , and offered to hand VFR over to me. I was at first hesitant to take on full responsibility for the site, but eventually said yes and I was glad I did. I am the beneficiary of Jim’s web skills, as I could never have created the site with its particular look and features on my own.
You can trace the entire history of VFR at this page, which links every VFR entry (over 20,000 of them) from the beginning, starting from the bottom.
I believe that when the the next generation begins to understand what the Internet has wrought from a conservative perspective, VFR will show up as one of the seminal forces that maintained the integrity and profundity of traditional political thought while significantly adding to it. In other words, VFR is a part of American History. Happy Birthday, VFR.Paul T. writes:
Happy birthday VFR!April 21
I’ve spoken before about how important discovering VFR has been to me, to my confidence and my late and struggling development. Nowhere exists a more focused, yet so broad and deep, compendium of thinking and resources about man’s nature and what transcends it. VFR has pulled the world together for me into something manageable, in the sense that events are no longer flying off into space (my mind) in a hundred directions; they are now all tethered to something that I can actually begin to understand and be confident about.CO writes:
VFR is the pillar of the traditionalist movement. It is the Sun the other traditionalist blogs revolve around.
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