One of the truly great thinkers of the right, Irving Kristol, died in Washington at the age of 89. Known as the “godfather” of neo-conservatism, his ideas influenced many on the right, including yours truly.
Had more people understood his ideas, neo-conservatism would be in better repute.
Our sympathy goes out to his widow, the distinguished historian Gertrude Himmelfarb, his son Wiliam Kristol, his daughter Elizabeth.
AFTERTHOUGHT: He, like my great Aunt Ruth Friedman died on Erev Roshanah, the last day of the Jewish year. May we take the memory of his good deeds and great ideas with us into the new year.
John Podhoretz offers a wonderful tribute to this great man at Commentary Contentions.