Irving Kristol is considered the founder of American neo-conservatism. He is married to conservative author and emeritus professor Gertrude Himmelfarb, and is the father of William Kristol, editor of ?The Weekly Standard?. He describes himself as a “liberal mugged by reality”.
He was the managing editor of ?Commentary? magazine from 1947 to 1952, cofounder of the British-based covertly CIA financed magazine ?Encounter? and its editor from 1953 to 1958, editor of the Reporter from 1959 to 1960, executive vice-president of Basic Books from 1961 to 1969, and professor of social thought at the New York University Graduate School of Business from 1969 to 1988. Since 1988, he has been John M. Olin Distinguished Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He has used these positions and publications to animate the neoconservative movement, arguing for low taxes, a well-funded and internationally active military, conservative social policy, and a minimalist interpretation of First Amendment rights.
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