by Matthew Continetti
National Affairs
August 28, 2014
It is not quite true to write, as Esquire did so many decades ago, that Irving Kristol achieved notoriety mainly for his role in “advancing other people’s ideas.” He had some big and important and significant ideas of his own: on religion, on capitalism, on socialism, on nihilism, and on the welfare state. These ideas reveal Kristol to be a sort of theologian—a writer whose deep interest in religious matters informed his cultural and political criticism. And these ideas are as relevant and provocative today as they were when Kristol first committed them to paper. Neoconservatism very much remains an idea “whose time is now.”



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