3:02 PM, Sep 7, 2015 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
I'm pleased to let you know that the Foundation for Constitutional Government, which produces the Conversations that I've been hosting for a couple of years, has just released a series of websites called Contemporary Thinkers. The aim is to make more easily accessible the works of pioneering thinkers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Currently the series features thirty individuals whose writings on politics, society, and government profoundly influenced their contemporaries and continue to shape public debate today--including Friedrich Hayek, John Maynard Keynes, Leon Kass, John Rawls, Leo Strauss, Irving Kristol, Allan Bloom, Thomas Sowell, Seth Benardete, and more. And there will be additional sites to come.
Presented in a catalogued, searchable format, the sites feature original essays on the ideas and influence of each thinker, curated bibliographies of their writing, video and audio content, and links to other online resources. The sites are user-friendly, and provide portals to thinkers whose writings are very much worth reading. Go to the home page, click on the thinker you'd like to learn more about it--and enter a world of interesting thought.
So take a look at Contemporary Thinkers. I think you'll find yourself following its links and benefitting from the readings many times over. And I'd be happy to get suggestions from you of other thinkers whose quality, influence or importance suggest they deserve inclusion in the series.
Oct 13, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 05 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
In 2011, James Ceaser reviewed in these pages a posthumous collection of Irving Kristol’s essays, The Neoconservative Persuasion. Ceaser was particularly struck by how interested Irving Kristol had been in religion:
Notes toward a new economicsAug 5, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 44 • By GEORGE GILDER
Why in the world do we need yet another “new” economics? Jamming the libraries and the bookstores of the world are avatars of what must be every variation on the great themes of market and managerial economics. Scores of Nobel Prizes have been awarded for various nugatory refinements of the prevailing ideas.
Dec 31, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 16 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
"There were giants in the earth in those days.” The death on December 19 of Robert Bork—superb legal scholar, preeminent constitutional thinker, principled public servant—calls to mind the other giants of American conservatism who have left us in the last decade: Bill Buckley and Irving Kristol, Milton Friedman and James Q. Wilson, Richard John Neuhaus and Jeane Kirkpatrick, Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. They were the greatest conservative generation.
4:42 PM, Mar 8, 2011 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
THE SCRAPBOOK is pleased to note two fine reviews of the new collection of Irving Kristol’s essays, The Neoconservative Persuasion, reviewed in our pages a month ago by James Ceaser.
3:30 PM, Feb 25, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In his posthumous collection of essays, The Neoconservative Persuasion, Irving Kristol offers reflections into political and social issues that still hound us today. Take this passage, from his 1974 essay "Republican Virtue versus Servile Institutions," which, with a few changes in the specifics, could have been written last week:
7:42 AM, Jan 26, 2011 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
Daniel Bell, the original co-editor of The Public Interest with Irving Kristol, died yesterday at his home in Cambridge.
A polymath and autodidact, Bell was famous for his description of "the cultural contradictions of capitalism." While associated with Kristol, Nathan Glazer, and the other anti-Stalinist Trotskyites of City College's famous Alcove One, Bell denied being a "neoconservative" and remained a democratic socialist (and aesthetic/cultural conservative) throughout his life.
You can read Bell's essays for the Public Interest at the archive maintained by National Affairs.
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.
Some unexpected appreciation for a marginalized school of economics.9:56 AM, Apr 7, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
Martin Wolf asks his readers their opinion of the Austrian school of economics (whose most famous adherent in this country is Ron Paul):
I think we can say that conventional neo-classical equilibrium economics did a poor job in predicting the crisis and in suggesting what should be done in response. We can also say that neo-Keynesians pointed out some important precursors of the crisis, in particular, the destabilising role of huge private sector financial deficits in countries with large external deficits, such as the US, and the Keynesian view certainly played a big part in the post-crisis response, as did that of Milton Friedman.
Yet some would argue that economists working in the Austrian tradition were more nearly right than anybody else. In particular, they have argued that: inflation-targeting is inherently destabilising; that fractional reserve banking creates unmanageable credit booms; and that the resulting global “malinvestment” explains the subsequent financial crash. I have sympathy with this point of view. But Austrians also say - as their predecessors said in the 1930s - that the right response is to let everything rotten be liquidated, while continuing to balance the budget as the economy implodes. I find this unconvincing. Mass bankruptcy is extremely costly. Moreover, it is impossible to separate what is healthy from what is unhealthy during a general economic collapse triggered by an implosion of the financial system.
This isn't an endorsement by any means -- but it's interesting to see the Austrians get some credit from one of the most famous economic journalists in the world. (Be sure to read the comments following Wolf's post for a fascinating discussion.)
What are yours?3:14 PM, Mar 19, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
No matter how this weekend's vote turns out, we're going to need to take a break from health care reform. Like government spending, health care has crowded out the market for political discussion. Glance at the news, and you would have no way of knowing that other things are happening.