Often considered the Godfather of modern conservatism, Irving Kristol passed away over the weekend. Here is a clip from Christopher Hitchens obituary honoring the great intellectual:
Irving Kristol's great charm, in other words, was that he didn't care overmuch for the charm business. Most of his celebrated quips and interventions had a tough-guy street feel to them, a manner probably retained from his Marxist days. Typical of him (and I think also truthful) was the claim that he hadn't known about CIA funding for Encounter but wouldn't have given much of a damn if he had known. As for the image of a neoconservative as a liberal "mugged by reality": Once people got over their affected fuss about the possible innuendo in the word mugged, they reluctantly saw that Kristol had found a memorably demotic way of encapsulating the sad fashion in which utopianism can collide with brute facts about the human animal. The very word neoconservative, which was used, if not coined, by socialist Michael Harrington to describe his lapsed former comrades, was eschewed or ignored by most of its targets until Irving Kristol said, in effect, the hell with it, that's what we are, let's adopt the title for ourselves.
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