The Neoconservative Persuasion: A Tribute to Irving Kristol

Audio, Video and Transcript.  A Hudson Institute panel, February 2, 2011.

As conservatives try once again to re-envision America’s future and how to secure it, the publication of this volume of previously uncollected essays by Irving Kristol, “the godfather of neoconservativism,” could not be timelier. The fifty essays, spanning seven decades and organized thematically, display the enormous range of Kristol’s interests and concerns, as well as what editor Gertrude Himmelfarb calls his “distinctive intellectual sensibility—skeptical, commonsensible, eclectic, and at the same time strong-minded and hard-headed.” At once prescient and wise, the essays are models of serious thought about the ideas that always inform politics and the myriad ways in which politics, culture, economics, and religion intersect.

Hudson CEO Kenneth Weinstein introduced the panel, and Hudson Senior Fellow Amy Kass served as moderator of a discussion with four distinguished guests, all closely familiar with the rich terrain of Irving Kristol’s thought and each uniquely suited to address a particular aspect of it.

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