Neo-Conservatism: The Autobiography of an Idea


Several times on the show, I have made mention of the book Neo-Conservatism: The Autobiography of an Idea, Selected Essays 1949-1995, by Irving Kristol. If his name sounds familiar, it’s because it is. Kristol was a popluar and influential writer and political commentator for over fifty years; he was a father of the neo-conservative movement (neo meaning “new”) and the father of Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard who carries on his father’s tradition and, with his own compatriots, profoundly influences the Republican party to this day.

Neo-Conservatism lays out the decades-long journey Irving Kristol made from self-described neo-Trotskyist and neo-Marxist to one of the founders of the neo-conservative movement. The book is beautifully written with a truly elegant style, and Kristol brings to the subject levels of sociological analysis that one rarely finds on the right.

As a matter of fact, it’s the kind of sociological analysis that one never finds on the right – the traditional right, that is – because it is a fundamentally leftist view which starts with the assumption that the basic unit of society is society itself instead of the individuals who comprise it. As beautiful and interesting as the book is, it’s also an offense to sincere Americans, from its total lack of recognition of objective individual rights to its Machiavellian prescriptions for the Republican party.

I still recommend the book both because it is intellectually gripping and also because the essays are artfully written, but the real value of the book is that it reveals the origins and goals of the neo-conservative movement, and they are quite illuminating.

For the benefit of those who don’t have the time to read the whole book, I have selected several telling passages and added some of my own commentary. Here is the first from the 1976 essay The Republican Future:

[The Republican] party has never fully reconciled itself to the welfare state, and therefore has never given comprehensive thought to the question of what a conservative welfare state would look like. . . .

The idea of a welfare state is in itself perfectly consistent with a conservative political philosophy–as Bismarck knew, a hundred years ago. In our urbanized, industrialized, highly mobile society, people need governmental action of some kind if they are to cope with many of their problems: old age, illness, unemployment, etc. They need such assistance; they demand it; they will get it. The only interesting political question is: How will they get it?

This is not a question the Republican party has faced up to, because it still feels, deep down, that a welfare state is inconsistent with such traditional American virtues as self-reliance and individual liberty.

The dirty little secret is that Bismarck recommended the modern welfare state to the Kaiser because the citizenry was getting too prosperous and too independent following the Industrial Revolution. Bismarck sensed that the populace was beginning to question the Kaiser’s value-added and he knew he had to shore up the government’s position or risk revolution. Continue reading

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Weird Meme in “London Rampage”

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170322-london-police-officer-attack-feature.jpegThe front page of The Wall Street Journaltoday showed this picture, which immediately struck my as highly unlikely. Look at the picture. The story is that Member of Parliament Tobias Ellwood (the man in the suit giving CPR to the man on the ground) got to work waiting for medical personnel, but the picture shows that the man is receiving professional medical help as supplies are ripped open and in use. Clearly, Ellwood was permitted to continue being the main provider of medical aid to the victim despite the fact that an emergency medical team had arrived and was immersed in the scene. (I couldn’t help but be reminded of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on 9/11 carrying stretchers across the lawn of the Pentagon, abandoning his post while the country was under attack and being lauded for it instead of tried.)

I showed my eleven-year-old the picture and…

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Ep. 34 – Extreme Media Propaganda– “Trump Will Kill Your Cats!”

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Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 – On the 34th episode of the Propaganda Report, we analyze some extreme examples of how the mainstream media controls the minds of its audience. Specifically, we focus on media coverage that gets ridiculous in the way it propagates the following themes:

– Obama never wiretapped Trump and it’s insanely ridiculous to think otherwise.

– Trump is tied to Russia and its insanely ridiculous to think otherwise.


Episode originally aired on March 18th, 2017 on WSB 750 Atlanta.

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Tell A Friend About The Podcast!

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Thank you everyone for listening to the Propaganda Report podcast, and reading our blog. We’ve been growing every week and we have you all to thank. So, Thank you!

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Below-Market Rent Is an Old Scam

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BN-SJ958_0307IV_J_20170307210142I personally have known two people in positions of influence who either got free rent or way below-market terms on their mortgage as a way to transfer value under the table. There was also the story of the Obamas’ house, which they allegedly bought for a below-market price from a crony. So as soon as I saw this headline about Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner renting from a would-be crony in DC, I smelled a rat, but wihtout leaping to judgment–I wanted to know a few things first.

I read on to see if (a) they disclosed the rental price, and (b) if the Trump/Kushners had a hand in picking the property up front–before it was purchased by their landlord. The first question-did they disclose the rental price?-I was not surprised to find they did not. But the second item-did they pick the house themselves?-I was amazed to…

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Neo-Cons have always wanted “some form of national health insurance”

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Neoconservatism1“Some form of national health insurance” was a critical piece of the “conservative welfare state” laid out by Kristol…the conservative welfare state is laid out in part 1 of my expose, the national health insurance piece is laid out in part 2…

Neo-Conservatism the Autobiography of an Idea, part 1

Neo-Conservatism the Autobiography of an Idea, part 2

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