Irving Kristol, who died in , is sometimes called the “godfather” or even “ The Neoconservative Persuasion: Selected Essays, Irving Kristol, regarded by many as the “godfather” of neoconservativism, Kristol himself always described it in vague terms, as a “tendency” or a “ persuasion. Irving Kristol, the “godfather” of neoconservatism and one of our most important public intellectuals, played an extraordinarily influential role in the development.

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Neoconservatism is then a “persuasion,” meaning a nebulous form of social influence, but also a process, a strategy which induces the adoption of doctrines, ideas, attitudes, and actions by various means – although coercion as a means of persuasion is never far from neo-conservative rhetoric. May 19, Alex O’Connor rated it it was amazing. Alternatives to or substitutes for American global leadership simply do not exist.

Scriptor Ignotus rated it liked it Oct 17, That is why we feel it necessary to defend Israel neocpnservative, when its survival is threatened. Capitalism, like the institutions of democratic governance, is an attempt to commandeer a naturally occurring immoral impulse and use it for the greater good.

Roberto rated it it was ok May 12, There is nothing like neoconservatism in Europe, and most European conservatives are highly skeptical of its legitimacy. Kristol argues that since the Republican party now has a substantial base among the religious this gives neoconservatism its levels of influence and power; thus libertarian conservatives are excluded, while secular intellectuals, and religious traditionalists are included.

Views Read View source View history. And large nations, whose identity is ideological, like the Soviet Union of yesteryear and the United States of today, inevitably have ideological interests in addition to more material concerns.


Enrico Peppe Frank Meyer: Kristol was affiliated with the Congress for Cultural Freedom; he wrote in Commentary magazine from tounder the editor Elliot Cohen not American columnist, journalist, and writer who was dubbed the “godfather of neoconservatism”. Likewise the sexual impulse is not morally good per sebut when properly channeled through the institution of marriage, it gives us the family and the survival of the human race. This was an interesting collection of writings.

The uniting factor with more traditional Conservatism is said to be cultural: Refresh and try again. Meoconservative The Neoconservative Persuasiona posthumously published collection of essays by Irving Kristol, does much to dispel those preconceived notions — or at least to demonstrate that neoconserv Based upon preconceptions spun through the media and popular petsuasion over the past decade, one would expect a book about neoconservatism penned by its intellectual godfather to be an ivring imperialist manifesto, detailing how to fabricate justifications for war and steal oil resources from Arab nations.


The Neoconservative Persuasion, by Irving Kristol: Commentary – Powerbase

Published January 11th by Basic Books first published January 6th He also adds that with the George W. Feb 22, Yonnibardavi rated it really liked it. The lust for material wealth that powers the engine of the capitalist system is not morally praiseworthy — but it is impossible to eradicate by force and counterproductive to try.

A Theory of History: It would seem that neoconservatism is concerned with the ancient political art of taking the credit for success while distancing itself from falure. Following Ramparts’ publication of information showing Central Intelligence Agency funding of the Congress, which was widely reported elsewhere, Kristol left in the late s and became affiliated with the American Enterprise Institute.

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The Neoconservative Persuasion: Selected Essays, by Irving Kristol

Krstol, it is argued, neoconservative potential is weak in Europe because religious conservatism is weaker. Jul 10, The American Conservative added it Shelves: This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Viguerie was was a key institutional link in getting the European Right behind the ‘Soviet Threat’ campaigns of the s with the same fervour shown for the so-called pro-family, anti Equal Rights Amendment, anti-gay, anti-abortion movements that arose in reaction to the s.

No complicated geopolitical calculations of perauasion interest are necessary.

The Neoconservative Persuasion: Selected Essays, 1942-2009

Barring extraordinary events, the United States will always feel obliged to defend, if possible, a democratic nation under attack from nondemocratic forces, external or internal.

Bush the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. Return to Book Page. Neoconservatism does not occupy the same moral space as certain libertarian Bizarro Worlds, where greed is good and selflessness is selfish.

Patriotism is a natural and healthy sentiment and should be encouraged by both private and public institutions. When James Burnham had argued in the s that the only alternative to the communist World Empire is an American Empire which will be The US after Vietnam confronted a permanent crisis: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Four stars out of five. What it was and what it is” by Irving Kristol.

And much the same could be said of the other defining features presented: