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Watch David Brooks and the boss discuss Irving Kristol's "The Neoconservative Persuasion" on C-Span.
9:26 AM, Jan 21, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Must viewing this weekend: On C-Span's "After Words" series, Bill Kristol, who wrote the foreword to The Neoconservative Persuasion, the new collection of his late father's essays, discusses those essays and Irving Kristol's thought in general with David Brooks.
You can watch the show:
* Sunday, January 23rd at 9pm (ET)
* Monday, January 24th at 12am (ET)
* Monday, January 24th at 3am (ET)
James Q. Wilson reviews The Neoconservative Persuasion today in the Wall Street Journal:
And Harvard's Ruth Wisse has a review of the collection at Jewish Ideas Daily. Wisse considers Irving Kristol as "an important Jewish thinker--and especially important for American Jews:"
Kristol was disturbed by "the transformation of [traditional Jewish] messianism into a shallow, if sincere, humanitarianism," by the retirement of "Jewish thinking" into sociological platitudes. His critique of the thinness of American Jewish theology is even more striking today than it was at the time....Kristol marveled that the liberalism of Jews, who ought to have been the first to rally in defense of the goodness of American society and its values, remained "especially rich in illusions." [...]