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  • Kristol Neoconservatism

    03/22/2014 11:42:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 22, 2014 | Jack Kerwick
    In spite of the ease with which the word “conservatism” is thrown about these days, most people who associate with the “conservative” movement are not really conservative at all. In reality, the so-called “conservative” movement is a predominantly (though not exclusively) neoconservative movement. Contrary to what some neoconservatives would have us think, “neoconservatism” is not an insult, much less an “anti-Semitic” slur. The word, rather, refers to a distinct intellectual tradition—a point for which some neoconservatives, like its famed “godfather,” Irving Kristol, have argued at length. In The Neoconservative Persuasion, Kristol argues for another claim: neoconservatism and traditional or classical...
  • The Upside of the Downside

    06/06/2012 5:44:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 6, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    One of my heroes, Irving Kristol, used to say that there's nothing wrong with the country a bad recession couldn't fix. Kristol (father of the more famous Bill, by the way) wasn't hoping for a recession, he was merely making the point that so many of the problems with our culture, both popular and political, were the sorts of challenges that come with affluence. Wealth makes it easier to abandon the old customs, rituals and habits of the heart that generated the wealth in the first place. For instance, I always love reading about irresolute rich families that lose their...
  • Irving Kristol, Soviet Spy?

    12/04/2010 11:13:42 AM PST · by speciallybland · 23 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 12/03/2010 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    That’s what the FBI was asking itself in 1988. That year is not a typo. Gawker has scans of the FBI documents showing that the reputed Godfather of neo-conservatism was a person of interest in an ongoing investigation into a potential Soviet spy. The FBI heavily redacted the documents—citing national security in many instances—so it’s difficult to make out exactly what happened. But it seems fairly clear that, sometime around May of 1988, the FBI’s counterintelligence division came to possess a notebook or address book belonging to a suspected Soviet agent. And Irving Kristol’s name was in it. That launched...
  • The Anti-Capitalist Impulse on the Right

    10/24/2009 4:53:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 71 replies · 1,487+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | October 24, 2009 | Carl Horowitz
    Irving Kristol, who died last month at age 89, inspired some highly mixed feelings in me. On the positive side, this renowned public intellectual was possessed of political realism, a firm anti-utopian grasp of the possible. Like Thomas Sowell and P.J. O’Rourke, though more understated, he had a superb gift for deflating the morally-charged conceits and histrionics of Left egalitarianism. On the negative side, he exhibited a shockingly narrow and vitriolic view of contemporary culture. That hatred, unfortunately, did much to sour his view of capitalism. And his widespread influence on this count has become painfully apparent. Arguably more than...
  • Richard Dawkins's Jewish Problem

    09/30/2009 11:46:34 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 483 replies · 7,414+ views
    beliefnet ^ | September 29, 2009 | David Klinghoffer
    The Anti-Defamation League, the country's leading group dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism, is rightly sensitive to the offense of trivializing the Holocaust. Why, then, has the ADL said nothing in protest against the Darwinian biologist and bestselling atheist author Richard Dawkins and his comparison of Darwin doubters to Holocaust deniers?...
  • Conservative light of Irving Kristol goes dark

    09/26/2009 9:29:51 AM PDT · by underthestreetlite · 3 replies · 748+ views
    commercialappeal ^ | 25 September 2009 | Charles Krauthammer
    The intellectual leader of a movement of thinkers remained humble through his many influential works, and his spirit of creative skepticism will be his legacy. After the plain pine box is lowered into the grave, the mourners are asked to come forward -- immediate family first -- and shovel dirt onto the casket. Only when it is fully covered, only when all that can be seen is dust, is the ceremony complete Such is the Jewish way of burial. Its simplicity, austerity and unsentimentality would have appealed to Irving Kristol, who was buried by friends and family Tuesday. Equally fitting...
  • Political writer Irving Kristol dies at 89

    09/20/2009 7:15:20 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 2 replies · 651+ views
    Washington Times ^ | September 19, 2009 | Joel Mowbray
    ... "Irving Kristol was an intellectual giant who played a major role in developing the anti-communist arguments that led to the defeat of the Soviet Union," former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told The Washington Times. ... ... Known as the godfather of neoconservatism, Mr. Kristol was a youthful radical who went from embracing communism in his 20s to attacking it publicly in his 30s. In subsequent years, he became an equally forceful advocate of free-market economics, including the supply-side tax cuts enacted during the Reagan administration and dismantling much of the so-called welfare state. Neoconservatism was a label originally bestowed...
  • Irving Kristol, Godfather of Modern Conservatism, Dies at 89

    09/18/2009 2:22:20 PM PDT · by Justaham · 7 replies · 506+ views
    New York Times ^ | 9-18-09 | BARRY GEWEN
    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.
  • Irving Kristol, Architect of Neoconservatism, Dies at 89

    09/18/2009 1:13:45 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 185 replies · 7,749+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | September 18, 2009 | Adam Bernstein
    Irving Kristol, 89, a forceful essayist, editor and university professor who became the leading architect of neoconservatism, which he called a political and intellectual movement for disaffected ex-liberals like himself who had been "mugged by reality," died Friday at the Capital Hospice in Arlington. He spent much of his career in New York but had for the last two decades lived at the Watergate apartments in the District. He died of complications from lung cancer, said his son, William Kristol, the founder and editor of the conservative Weekly Standard magazine.
  • The Capitalist Future

    04/18/2009 6:46:40 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 8 replies · 717+ views
    AEI ^ | January 1, 2000 | Irving Kristol
    It is by now a cliché to say that the most important political event of the twentieth century has been the collapse of the Communist regimes and of the socialist idea on which they ultimately rested. True, there are still quite a few intellectuals who try desperately to distinguish one from the other, who insist that there is still some life left in the socialist idea, conceived of as a kind of immortal political soul that survives the corruption and decay of its worldly incarnations. But political ideas do not have any such Platonic or otherworldly status. They live and...
  • Learning From Conservative History: Main Trails . . . and Less-Traveled Paths (traditional futurism)

    01/07/2009 4:49:42 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 7 replies · 637+ views
    First Principles ^ | January 2, 2009 | Allan C. Carlson
    Learning From Conservative History: Main Trails . . . and Less-Traveled Paths - 01/02/09 This is part three of a symposium on contemporary conservatism hosted by ISI at Yale in November, 2008. Read part one. Read part two.By training, I am an historian. I love the discipline and believe that historical mindedness—the ability to see and understand the grounding of current institutions, issues, and events in the complex matrix of the past—this is the superior way to make sense of reality.All the same, I have been troubled for over a decade by the growing interest of American conservatives in...
  • Neocon Rudy vs. New Federalist Fred

    09/17/2007 1:05:09 PM PDT · by Josh Painter · 13 replies · 258+ views
    The Frederalist ^ | September 17, 2007 | Sturm Ruger
    It is not unreasonable to see the race for the Republican Party's presidential nomination eventually boiling down to the two men currently atop the GOP polls, Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson. But if this happens, it will be a race between something more than just the men. It will be a battle between two distinctly different political philosophies. In Sunday's New York Daily News, the paper's Senior Correspondent David Saltonstall has authored a very revealing piece, Neocon hawks go all-out for Giuliani: They are officially known as Rudy Giuliani's senior foreign policy advisory board, but they also could be dubbed...
  • Krauthammer: Fukuyama's Fantasy

    03/27/2006 9:15:18 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 9 replies · 1,173+ views
    Washington Post Writers Group ^ | March 28, 2006 | Charles Krauthammer
    WASHINGTON -- It was, as the hero tells it, his Road to Damascus moment. There he is, in a hall of 1,500 people he has long considered to be his allies, hearing the speaker treat the Iraq War, nearing the end of its first year, as ``a virtually unqualified success.'' He gasps as the audience enthusiastically applauds. Aghast to discover himself in a sea of comrades so deluded by ideology as to have lost touch with reality, he decides he can no longer be one of them.And thus did Francis Fukuyama become the world's most celebrated ex-neoconservative, a well-timed metamorphosis...
  • Forty Good Years

    05/27/2005 6:48:05 AM PDT · by Valin · 5 replies · 649+ views
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | 5/25/05 | Irving Kristol
    Back in 1965, in New York, my old friend Daniel Bell, then a professor of sociology at Columbia University, and I, then vice-president of the publishing firm Basic Books, were deeply troubled. The source of our discomfort was the mode of thought that was beginning to dominate political and social discourse in and outside of academia-an ideological mode that made nonsense of the existential reality of American life. One of the most egregious examples of this ideological nonsense, popular among sociologists and dramatized by the press, was the idea that the way for the poor to escape from poverty was...
  • In the Public Interest

    04/29/2005 4:58:58 AM PDT · by Molly Pitcher · 3 replies · 293+ views
    townhall.com ^ | 4/29/05 | Charles Krauthammer
    WASHINGTON -- On Monday, April 25, The Public Interest passed away at the ripe old age -- for a quarterly journal of public policy -- of 40. It was a peaceful death, almost serene. Irving Kristol, co-founder and co-editor throughout its life, presided at the interment, a small dinner of past contributors and friends of the magazine. He presided the same way that he presided over the magazine's life: with self-deprecation, sobriety and no fanfare. Magazines are not meant to live forever, said Kristol. New generations bring new ideas, and besides, the very idea of a quarterly magazine might no...
  • Battle Splits Conservative Magazine

    03/13/2005 3:29:07 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 19 replies · 1,341+ views
    NY Times Week in Review ^ | March 13, 2005 | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
    FOR the decade since its founding by the neoconservative thinker Irving Kristol, The National Interest has been a central forum for the most influential conservative foreign policy thinkers of all stripes to hash out their differences. It launched ideas that entered the public policy vernacular, like "the end of history," "the West and the rest," and "geo-economics," and for the last six months it has played host to a closely watched intramural conservative debate over the wisdom of the war in Iraq. Now, however, a philosophical disagreement within its editorial board has put its future in turmoil. On Friday, 10...
  • The 'Neo-Con' Phenomenon

    01/29/2005 8:16:02 AM PST · by Ohioan · 2 replies · 257+ views
    Return Of The Gods Web Site ^ | January 27, 2005 | William Flax
    The "Neo-Con" Phenomenon .... day dreams of grandeur--without understanding of how human societies ... actually function. . . . we had never heard--or at least never paid enough attention to have noted--the term "neo-con," before the inauguration of George W. Bush in January, 2001. We understood that the President, who called himself a "compassionate conservative," was not really Conservative on many issues. But we took him at his word . . . Our first notice of the "neo-con" phenomenon came . . . after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks . . . The first impression was of a...
  • The Tragedy of Multiculturalism

    12/27/2004 3:24:42 PM PST · by SteveH · 21 replies · 1,240+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/31/1991 | Irving Kristol
    The Tragedy of Multiculturalism 7/31/91 Irving Kristol The Wall Street Journal It is difficult, and even dangerous, to talk candidly about "multiculturalism" these days. Such candor is bound to provoke accusations of "insensitivity" at least, "racism" at worst. Even some of the sharpest criticisms of multiculturalism are content to limit themselves to demonstrating how "illiberal" it is, how it violates traditional ideas about the substance of liberal education, and how it represents a deplorable deviation in the way our young Americans, so heterogeneous in their origins, are to be educated to live together. This criticism is certainly valid and welcome....
  • It Wasn't Inevitable: Reagan's military and economic policies won the Cold War.

    06/12/2004 1:33:46 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 1 replies · 208+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 21, 2004 | Irving Kristol
    Ronald Reagan was the most popular American president since FDR. He was also the most hated president since FDR. The reason he was hated was that his policies were often trans-partisan in bewildering ways. The reason he was popular was that his policies worked. This fact is still a puzzle to most American intellectuals, academics, and journalists, who are more comfortable talking about the personal sources of his popularity than about his policies. It is generally conceded — even by Senator Kennedy! — that Reagan's Cold War militancy helped bring about the collapse of Communist Russia. But that's a deceptive...
  • A Democratic Statesman (Reagan's foremost achievement)

    06/05/2004 4:58:08 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 4 replies · 147+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 5, 2001 | Irving Kristol
    Editor's note: A look back at President Reagan, from the February 5, 2001 issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.Ronald Reagan, 1911 - 2004 December 7, 1988As Ronald Reagan prepares to leave the White House, he also leaves those of us who study American politics and American history with an interesting question: What is it that has made him so successful a president--indeed so successful a democratic statesman?A successful democratic statesman is one whose tenure in office is seen by his countrymen as representing a permanent contribution to the shaping of our democratic destiny. He is viewed as having expanded democratic...
  • The Neoconservative Persuasion

    05/24/2004 4:42:38 PM PDT · by churchillbuff · 453 replies · 1,272+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 2003 | Irving Kristol
    WHAT EXACTLY IS NEOCONSERVATISM? Journalists, and now even presidential candidates, speak with an enviable confidence on who or what is "neoconservative," and seem to assume the meaning is fully revealed in the name. Those of us who are designated as "neocons" are amused, flattered, or dismissive, depending on the context. It is reasonable to wonder: Is there any "there" there? Even I, frequently referred to as the "godfather" of all those neocons, have had my moments of wonderment. A few years ago I said (and, alas, wrote) that neoconservatism had had its own distinctive qualities in its early years, but...
  • AMERICAN POWER IN A UNIPOLAR WORLD (Long but Good)

    02/13/2004 6:01:37 AM PST · by LavaDog · 24 replies · 5,495+ views
    AEI Irving Kristol Lecture, Washington, D.C. | Feb. 10, 2004 | Charles Krauthammer
    Thank you, Mr. Vice President. Thank you for those kind words. I'm honored by your presence here -- especially during duck-hunting season. And, as a citizen, I want to thank you not only for your leadership and wisdom during these extraordinary times, but for your courage: If Hamlet had borne half the slings-and-arrows you have, Mr. Vice President, it would've been a very short play. Hearing my checkered past recalled, I'm struck by how many places I have fled: Canada, the Democratic Party, and psychiatry. A trifecta of sorts. The reason I'm here, ladies and gentlemen, is that I have...
  • Purging the Neocons

    01/20/2004 9:24:58 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 51 replies · 306+ views
    Sobran Column ^ | 01-06-03 | Sobran, Joseph
    Purging the Neocons January 6, 2004 Did you know that the word neoconservative — often shortened to neocon — is an ethnic slur? Neither did I, but some, er, conservative pundits have set me straight. David Brooks of the New York Times says of “the people labeled neocons” that “con is short for ‘conservative’ and neo is short for ‘Jewish.’” So when other people call these people “neocons,” you see, they’re really calling them Jews, which for some reason is anti-Semitic. This must come as a surprise to Irving Kristol, who long ago cheerfully, indeed proudly, accepted the term. Though...
  • Vision of the neocons stays fixed on making hard choices

    09/27/2003 6:47:53 AM PDT · by Valin · 3 replies · 170+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 9/23/03 | Oliver Burkeman
    Every Tuesday morning during the Iraq war Washington's opinion-makers and journalists knew there was only one place to be: at the "black-coffee briefings" held at the American Enterprise Institute, a fortress-like building on M and 17th streets, opposite the main offices of the National Geographic magazine. Technically, AEI is a thinktank. More than that, though, it is the headquarters of the intellectual movement known as neoconservatism. Its staff includes famous names such as Richard Perle, Irving Kristol and Newt Gingrich. The magazine Weekly Standard, the neocon bible, is published at the same address. Black coffee was not strictly compulsory at...
  • Can neo-cons break out and save the world?

    08/24/2003 5:33:54 AM PDT · by ejdrapes · 16 replies · 230+ views
    London Times | August 23, 2003 | Irving Kristol
    Can neo-cons break out and save the world? Irving Kristol, godfather of neo-conservatism, explains why his idea has taken hold of the US governing class ‘President Bush is an engaging person, but I think for some reason he’s been captured by the neo-conservatives around him,” the Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean said this month. But what exactly is neo-conservatism? Those of us who are designated as “neo-cons” are amused, flattered, or dismissive, depending on the context. Even I, frequently referred to as the “godfather” of all those neo-cons, have had my moments of wonderment. A few years ago I...
  • Neocons and Big Government: Is G.W. Bush a Nixon or a Reagan?

    08/21/2003 7:39:46 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 4 replies · 465+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 08-21-03 | Bartlett, Bruce
    Is Bush a Ronald Reagan or a Richard Nixon? Neocons and Big Government by Bruce Bartlett Posted Aug 21, 2003 For some months, we have been hearing a lot about how neoconservatism underpins the Bush administration's foreign policy, especially the war in Iraq. Now, some neoconservatives are saying that their philosophy underpins the administration's domestic and economic policy, as well. The evidence for this contention is strong, a fact that will undoubtedly exacerbate tensions between President Bush and traditional conservatives. To understand what this debate is all about, one needs to know what neoconservatism is and where it came from....
  • ‘Godfather’ Kristol’s Statist/Imperialist Manifesto (Neo-cons vs. Classical Liberals)

    08/20/2003 1:36:11 PM PDT · by Korth · 179 replies · 1,258+ views
    Lewrockwell.com ^ | August 20, 2003 | Thomas J. DiLorenzo
    Irving Kristol, who identifies himself as the "Godfather" of neoconservativism, is finally beginning to come clean and admit what neoconservatism stands for: statism at home and imperialism abroad. He makes this candid admission in an August 25 article in The Weekly Standard entitled "The Neoconservative Persuasion." Congratulating himself for becoming an "historic" figure (at least in his own mind) he declares: [T]he historical task and political purpose of neoconservativism would seem to be this: to convert the Republican Party, and American conservatism in general, against their respective wills, into a new kind of conservative politics suitable to governing a modern...
  • WHAT EXACTLY IS NEOCONSERVATISM ?

    08/17/2003 3:43:43 PM PDT · by BplusK · 95 replies · 1,157+ views
    WHAT EXACTLY IS NEOCONSERVATISM? Journalists, and now even presidential candidates, speak with an enviable confidence on who or what is "neoconservative," and seem to assume the meaning is fully revealed in the name. Those of us who are designated as "neocons" are amused, flattered, or dismissive, depending on the context. It is reasonable to wonder: Is there any "there" there? Even I, frequently referred to as the "godfather" of all those neocons, have had my moments of wonderment. A few years ago I said (and, alas, wrote) that neoconservatism had had its own distinctive qualities in its early years, but...
  • The Neoconservative Persuasion: What it was, and what it is.

    08/14/2003 9:38:27 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 165 replies · 384+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | August 25, 2003 | Irving Kristol
    "[President Bush is] an engaging person, but I think for some reason he's been captured by the neoconservatives around him." – Howard Dean, U.S. News & World Report, August 11, 2003 What exactly is neoconservatism? Journalists, and now even presidential candidates, speak with an enviable confidence on who or what is "neoconservative," and seem to assume the meaning is fully revealed in the name. Those of us who are designated as "neocons" are amused, flattered, or dismissive, depending on the context. It is reasonable to wonder: Is there any "there" there? Even I, frequently referred to as the "godfather" of...
  • Skepticism, Meliorism, and The Public Interest

    07/11/2003 8:44:03 AM PDT · by William McKinley · 266+ views
    The Public Interest ^ | Irving Kristol
    Some four years ago, I ceased teaching courses on urban problems at New York University and, with a sense of relief, transferred to the graduate business school. Bright students no longer seemed much interested in urban prob lems, and the very term, "urban crisis," now had a rather archaic ring to it. At the beginning, in the mid-1960s, it had been very different. The word "urban" then had a certain magic–an aura of glamour–attached to it. We were, Lyndon Johnson had informed us, "a nation of cities," so that our urban problems had to be seen within the perspective of...
  • Keeping Up With Ourselves

    07/10/2003 8:47:57 PM PDT · by William McKinley · 2 replies · 357+ views
    "Keeping Up With Ourselves" by IRVING KRISTOL Full citation here. The most marked characteristic of the modern world is its commitments--one can almost say its slavish subservience to social change. It is quite a new thing, never before known to history or to political philosophy; and the more one thinks on it, the more incredible it appears. No traditional political thinker, from Plato to Rousseau, could have understood it. (Perhaps this is why the student of today has so much difficulty in understanding them.) We have achieved a sovereignty over nature that they would have thought truly marvelous; but we...
  • 'Neocons' get boost in defeat of Saddam

    04/26/2003 11:28:41 PM PDT · by kattracks · 7 replies · 278+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 4/27/03 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    <p>The swift military defeat of the Iraqi regime by U.S.-led forces represents a dramatic foreign policy victory for the evolving worldview called "neoconservatism."</p> <p>"Neoconservative ideas have penetrated very deeply and have tremendous influence," said Michael Joyce, who from the late 1970s until his retirement last year was the most powerful financial backer of the movement.</p>