Irving Kristol Dies

Irving Kristol, a fixture in American political thinking for decades, has passed away at 89, according to The Weekly Standard, the magazine helmed by Kristol’s son, Bill. Born in Brooklyn, Kristol became a major critic of communism following World War II. Neoconservatism, the political philosophy that held sway during the George W. Bush administration, has often been traced back to Kristol’s pen. He edited Commentary, Encounter, and The National Interest, among other publications. Kristol once famously declared that a neoconservative was a “liberal who has been mugged by reality.”