Irving Kristol

Irving Kristol did not coin the term neoconservative, but he was probably the only person fully happy to have it applied to him. In elegant essays published over half a century, Kristol argued the case for a pragmatic, empirical conservatism that could make its peace with the New Deal and the civil rights revolution.

Kristol, who died Sept. 18 at 89, once joked that when he had a problem, he started a magazine. The quarterly he co-edited, the Public Interest, subjected the bright new ideas of the Great Society to intense scrutiny--and opened the door for the conservative intellectual revolution of...

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