Definitions Ii

by Jonah Goldberg

Dear Mr. Goldberg,

Irving Kristol wrote “Neoconservatism is the first variant of American conservatism in the past century that is in the “American grain.” It is hopeful, not lugubrious; forward-looking, not nostalgic; and its general tone is cheerful, not grim or dyspeptic.” While this is self-flattering phraseology, I think “optimistic conservatism” isn’t a bad way to put it. Or, neoconservatives are John Adams in 1776; conservatives are John Adams in 1796.


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