Neoconservatism Versus Libertarianism Part 2

In 1971, Irving Kristol—the “godfather” of neoconservatism—published an article in the New York Times Magazine: “Pornography, Obscenity, and the Case for Censorship.” This article holds a special place in my memory, because it was the subject of a ferocious argument, in 1974, that I had with Roy Childs, one of the most influential figures in the […]

Neoconservatism Versus Libertarianism Part 1

“If you ever read a sentence that starts with ‘Neocons believe,’ there is a 99.44 percent chance that everything else in that sentence will be untrue.” So wrote the neoconservative columnist David Brooks in a New York Times op-ed (January 2004).   Many “neoconservatives” – a label coined in 1973 by the socialist Michael Harrington to express […]

Neoconservatism Versus Libertarianism

by GEORGE H. SMITH   Part One: MAY 8, 2012 – George H. Smith begins his series on neoconservatism by exploring some of its fundamental differences with libertarianism. Part Two: MAY 15, 2012 – George H. Smith tells the story of how a disagreement with Roy Childs over the ideas of Irving Kristol resulted in a serious argument.   […]