Neoconservatism: The Autobiography of an Idea

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 20, 1995 - Political Science - 493 pages
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Neoconservatism is the movement that has provided the intellectual foundation for the resurgence of American conservatism in our time. And if neoconservatism can be said to have a father or an architect, that person is Irving Kristol.
Neoconservatism is the most comprehensive selection of Kristol's influential writings on politics and economics, as well as the best of his now-famous essays on society, religion, culture, literature, education, and - above all - the "values" issues that have come to define the neo-conservative critique of contemporary life.
These essays provide an unparalleled insight into the 50-year development of Kristol's social and political ideas, from an uneasy socialism tempered with religious orthodoxy, to a vigilant optimism about the future of the American experiment. Those already familiar with Kristol's work will especially enjoy the new autobiographical essay that introduces this volume; it is sprinkled with personal recollections about such luminaries as Lionel Trilling, Leo Strauss, Saul Bellow, Sidney Hook, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and historian Gertrude Himmelfarb (who is also Mrs. Kristol). Those relatively new to Kristol's writings will be treated to some of the most lucid, insightful, entertaining, and intellectually challenging essays of our time.
 

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a leading conservative, Irving Kristol, inspired many Fox News Channel commutators like Charles Krauthammer, Sean Hannity and Bill Kristol. Neo-conservatism is very popular approach in United Kingdom and Europe. Read full review

Contents

An Autobiographical Memoir
3
The Best of Intentions the Worst of Results
43
The Tragedy of Multiculturalism
50
AIDS and False Innocence
63
American Intellectuals and Foreign Policy
75
The Adversary Culture of Intellectuals
106
The Cultural Revolution and the Capitalist Future
123
Machiavelli and the Profanation of Politics
151
The Republican Future
344
The Stupid Party
349
The Emergence of Two Republican Parties
354
Not to Worry
359
The Coming Conservative Century
364
The New Face of American Politics
369
Americas Exceptional Conservatism
373
ON JEWS
387

The Frustrations of Affluence
179
Gains and Losses
200
Business and the New Class
205
Corporate Capitalism in America
211
On Conservatism and Capitalism
230
The American Revolution as a Successful Revolution
235
What Is Social Justice?
253
Adam Smith and the Spirit of Capitalism
258
An Obituary for an Idea
300
THE CONSERVATIVE PROSPECT
311
American Historians and the Democratic Idea
313
Urban Civilization and Its Discontents
328
God and the Psychoanalysts
389
The Passion of Pure Reason
405
Is Jewish Humor Dead?
420
Christianity Judaism and Socialism
429
The Future of American Jewry
442
SOME BACKWARD GLANCES
455
Memoirs of a Cold Warrior
457
Memoirs of a Trotskyist
469
My Cold War
481
Index of Names
487
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Irving Kristol is editor of The Public Interest and publisher of The National Interest and is John M. Olin Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.

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