About the Program
Professor Irving Kristol discussed his book, "Neo-Conservatism: The Autobiography of an Idea, Selected Essays 1949-1995," published by The Free Press. He talked at length about the development of his personal philosophy which began with Marxism in the 1940s. His outlook became more conservative over the years and the term "neo-conservative" was coined as a criticism of Kristol's work in the 1980s. He has since adopted the term as apt and descriptive of his thought. His son, William Kristol, formerly an aid to Vice President Quayle, publishes a new conservative magazine, The Weekly Standard.
Irvnig Kristol was managing editor of Commentary magazine. He was also founder and publisher of The National Interest. Irving Kristol died September 18, 2009, at 89 years old. His son, William Kristol, formerly an aid to Vice President Quayle, publishes The Weekly Standard.
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