Irving Kristol

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Person.png Irving Kristol   C-SPAN NNDB Powerbase Sourcewatch WikiquoteRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(academic, Neoconservative)
Irving Kristol.jpg
Brooklyn, New York
DiedSeptember 18, 2009 (Age 89)
Falls Church, Virginia
Alma materCity College of New York
ChildrenWilliam Kristol
SpouseGertrude Himmelfarb
Member ofAmerican Enterprise Institute, Committee for the Free World, Council on Foreign Relations/Historical Members
"The Godfather of Neoconservatism"

Irving Kristol was a central figure in he emergence of neoconservatism. Acording to Jacob Heilbrunn, "Neoconservatism was turned into an actual movement by Kristol and Norman Podhoretz. Even today, the neoconservative movement is best understood as an extended family based largely on the informal social networks patiently forged by these two patriarchs.[1]

Link with Jay Lovestone

Kristol was known at College as a 'Lovestonite' i.e. a follower of the CIA-linked ex-communist labour leader Jay Lovestone.[2] Lovestone strongly praised Kristol's March 1952 Commentary article'Civil Liberties', 1952—A Study in Confusion in a letter to the magazine.[3]


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  1. They Knew They Were Right: The Rise of the Neocons, by Jacob Heilbrunn, Doubleday, 2008, p68.
  2. Obituary: Melvin Lasky: Cold warrior who edited the CIA-funded Encounter magazine, by Andrew Roth, Guardian, 22 May 2004.
  3. “Civil Liberties”: 1952, Reader Letters, Commentary, May 1952.