Skip to comments.Irving Kristol, Godfather of Modern Conservatism, Dies at 89
Posted on 09/18/2009 2:22:20 PM PDT by Justaham
Irving Kristol, the political commentator who, as much as anyone, defined modern conservatism and helped revitalize the Republican Party in the late 1960s and early 70s, setting the stage for the Reagan presidency and years of conservative dominance, died Friday in Arlington, Va. He was 89 and lived in Washington.
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May his memory be a blessing. A great mind.
The Ron Paul Fan Club will show up shortly to explain to all of us that Irving Kristol was really just a putz.
I will say Kaddish for him tonight at services.
You mean like they're doing on this thread?
Unfortunately, even some Freepers are without class.
'Two-cheers' Kristol has nowhere near Buckley, Goldwater, or Rand's level of influence, not to mention the giants of the Old Right.
"This stalwart defender of free enterprise could manage only two cheers for capitalism. Extremism in defense of liberty, he declared, taking issue with Barry Goldwater, is always a vice because extremism is but another name for fanaticism. And the two major intellectual influences on him, he said, were Lionel Trilling, a skeptical liberal, and Leo Strauss, a skeptical conservative.
Ever since I can remember, he said in summing himself up, Ive been a neo-something: a neo-Marxist, a neo-Trotskyist, a neo-liberal, a neo-conservative and, in religion, always a neo-orthodox, even while I was a neo-Trotskyist and a neo-Marxist. Im going to end up a neo. Just neo, thats all. Neo-dash-nothing."
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