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Irving Kristol Reveals The True Meaning of Neo-Conservatism

Irving Kristol Reveals The True Meaning of Neo-Conservatism

Irving Kristol, the godfather of neoconservatism, has emerged from his recent retirement to issue an apologia for his godchild: “The Neoconservative Persuasion.” Written in Kristol’s usual lucid and genially authoritative style, the article is a revealing exposition of neoconservative beliefs and purposes as they stand at this remarkable historical moment, when the president has adopted the neoconservative agenda of imposing democracy and equal individual rights on other countries, even as the Supreme Court has overturned the principle of equal individual rights in this country. I am reproducing Kristol’s entire article here along with my running commentary, which is bolded and bracketed throughout.

The Neoconservative Persuasion: What it was, and what it is.

The Weekly Standard, August 25, 2003:
by 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?

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