Irving Kristol

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1920 – 2009

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Who was Irving Kristol?

Irving Kristol was an American columnist, journalist, and writer who was dubbed the "godfather of neo-conservatism." As the founder, editor, and contributor to various magazines, he played an influential role in the intellectual and political culture of the last half-century; after his death he was described by The Daily Telegraph as being "perhaps the most consequential public intellectual of the latter half of the 20th century."

Famous Quotes:

  • The trouble with traditional American conservatism is that it lacks a naturally cheerful, optimistic disposition. Not only does it lack one, it regards signs of one as evidence of unsoundness, irresponsibility
  • The enemy of liberal capitalism today is not so much socialism as nihilism.
  • What rules the world is idea, because ideas define the way reality is perceived
  • The danger facing American Jews today is not that Christians want to persecute them but that Christians want to marry them.

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Born
Jan 22, 1920
Brooklyn
Also known as
  • Irving William Kristol
Spouses
Children
Ethnicity
  • Jewish people
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • City College of New York
    History
    ( - 1940/01)
Employment
  • New York University
  • Basic Books
  • Commentary
Lived in
  • New York City
  • Brooklyn
Died
Sep 18, 2009
Falls Church

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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