Irving Kristol dead at 89

The father of Bill Kristol, and of neo-conservatism, has died

Published September 18, 2009 7:01PM (EDT)

Irving Kristol, the man known as the father of neo-conservatism, has died, the Weekly Standard reports. He was 89.

Kristol served as the managing editor of Commentary, one of the original neo-conservative journals, in the late 1940's and early 1950's. He also founded the Public Interest and the National Interest and was for more than a decade a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. In 2002, then-President Bush gave him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Kristol was also the father of Bill Kristol, who's taken up his mantle at the head of the neo-conservative movement.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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