A Founder of Neoconservatism Dies

As conservatives find themselves in one of those generational wilderness periods–the time for gestating of new, conservative ideas to restore the Republican Party to something more than its current rump state–the guy who started it all has died.

Irving Kristol died Friday in Arlington, Virginia, from complications of lung cancer. Mr. Kriston was a Brooklyn son, a City College grad who swung left with the Depression, then right amid the social spending of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. An accomplished essayist with a biting wit, he fostered the modern conservative movement, but laughed at the neo-con label that would be his legacy.

From the Times:

“Ever since I can remember,” he said in summing himself up, “I’ve been a neo-something: a neo-Marxist, a neo-Trotskyist, a neo-liberal, a neo-conservative and, in religion, always a neo-orthodox, even while I was a neo-Trotskyist and a neo-Marxist. I’m going to end up a neo. Just neo, that’s all. Neo-dash-nothing.”


A Founder of Neoconservatism Dies