Irving Kristol’s Gone–We’ll Miss His Clear Vision

Irwin Stelzer, "Irving Kristol's Gone–We'll Miss His Clear Vision," Daily Telegraph, September 22, 2009.


Irving is best known as the godfather of neoconservatism, although his persuasive tools were not those of Tony Soprano or Marlon Brando’s Godfather-figures, but contained in his essays, talks, columns and what he called his “small magazines” such as The Public Interest. That journal never had more than 12,000 subscribers, but what subscribers! The Public Interest had such a profound effect on public policy because it applied the best knowledge of all the social sciences, as understood by scholars and intellectuals on all sides of most debates, and, in Irving’s view, because footnotes were forbidden.

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