Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Godmother of Neoconservatism

I just finished listening to a C-Span book interview with Gertrude Himmelfarb. She is the wife of Irving Kristol, the 'godfather of neoconservatism', and mother of William Kristol, the founder of The Weekly Standard. She is an intellectual in her own right, having published over ten books. A very impressive family, indeed.

The interview is especially interesting b/c she discusses her family quite openly-their political views, the internal dynamic at home, their individual interests. In contrast to her son, she is much more interested in discussing the consequeces of the cultural revolution in America for the last half century. She discusses very candidly the disastrous effects of instant gratification, no-fault divorce, and birth control.

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