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Irving Kristol

Irving KristolBorn: 22-Jan-1920
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 18-Sep-2009
Location of death: Arlington, VA [1]
Cause of death: Cancer - Lung
Remains: Buried, Adas Israel Cemetery, Washington, DC

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Columnist, Author

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Influential neocon

Military service: US Army

Irving Kristol began his political life as a member of the Young People's Socialist League in the 1930s. He considered himself a Trotskyist throughout his years as an undergrad at the City College of New York. But sometime after graduation, he experienced a complete and total change of heart. Kristol described himself as "a liberal who was mugged by reality."

He helped to found what would be called the Neoconservative movement, a radical organization whose goals he would ultimately describe as: "to convert the Republican Party, and American conservatism in general, against their respective wills, into a new kind of conservative politics suitable to governing a modern democracy."

In 1953 England, Kristol founded the magazine Encounter, secretly funded with seed money from the CIA by way of the Congress for Cultural Freedom. He is the father of present-day right-wing pundit Bill Kristol.


[1] Capital Hospice, Arlington, VA.

Father: Joseph Kristol
Wife:
Gertrude Himmelfarb (historian, m. 1942, one son, one daughter)
Son: Bill Kristol (editor of The Weekly Standard)

    High School: Boys' High, Brooklyn, NY
    University: BA History, City College of New York (1940)

    President's Commission on White House Fellowships
    American Association for the Advancement of Science 1972
    American Council of Trustees and Alumni National Council; Donors Working Group
    American Enterprise Institute Senior Fellow (1977-)
    American Enterprise Institute John M. Olin Distinguished Fellow (1988-99)
    Council on Foreign Relations
    Committee for the Free World
    Coalition for a Democratic Majority
    Institute for Educational Affairs Co-Founder
    Jewish Policy Center Board of Fellows
    National Association of Scholars Advisory board member
    Project for the New American Century
    Young People's Socialist League
    Commentary Magazine Managing Editor (1947-52)
    Encounter Co-Founder and Editor (1953-58)
    The National Interest Founder and Publisher (1985-2002)
    The Public Interest Co-editor (1965-2002)
    The Reporter Editor (1959-60)
    The Wall Street Journal Board of Contributors (1972-)
    Presidential Medal of Freedom 9-Jul-2002
    Risk Factors: Smoking

Author of books:
On the Democratic Idea in America (1972, politics)
Two Cheers for Capitalism (1978, politics)
Reflections of a Neoconservative: Looking Back, Looking Ahead (1983, essays)
Neoconservatism: The Autobiography of an Idea (1995, politics)


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