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The Early Days of the Neocons

Nathan Glazer

This 1980 Instauration article details the very beginnings of the Jewish change agents who subverted American conservatism, their attachment to the Jews’ racial state, and their visceral, centuries-long hatred of Russia.

ONE OF THE MOST colossal hypes in recent American politics has been the media’s unanimous touting of a new group of “serious” American conservatives. Who are these people? Who are “these men who are changing American politics,” as Peter Steinfels calls them in a new book The Neoconservatives (Simon and Schuster, 1979). Here’s the roster:

Harvard professors: Nathan Glazer*, Daniel Bell*, James Q. Wilson, Seymour Martin Lipset* New York writers and editors: Irving Kristol*, Norman Podhoretz*, Midge Decter*, Diana Trilling*, Hilton Kramer* Political scientists: Samuel P. Huntingdon, Aaron Wildavsky*, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Jeane Kirkpatrick Foreign policy specialists: Michael Ledeen, Richard Pipes*, Robert Tucker, Edward Luttwak* Political operators: Ben Wattenberg*, Penn Kemble, Bayard Rustin, Daniel P. Moynihan

Steinfels lists the two leading neoconservative organs as Commentary, the monthly of the American Jewish Committee, and the Public Interest, whose chief editor is Irving Kristol.

It is obvious from Steinfels’ list that the overwhelming proportion of America’s leading neoconservatives are Jews, most of them ex-Marxists, including a smattering of ex-Stalinists and ex-Trotskyites. And don’t let some of the non-Jewish names fool you — Robert Tucker’s mother was Adele Steinfels and his spouse is Eugenia Pestretsova. Samuel Huntingdon was born in New York City and is married to Nancy Arkelyan. Bayard Rustin, a Black ex-convict, has been on the payroll of Jewish-funded organizations for many years. The asterisked names are those of known and admitted Jews.

Other so-called neoconservatives not on Steinfels’ roll call are: Robert Nisbet, Martin Diamond, Robert M. Solow, Milton Himmelfarb, Edward Shils, Walter Laqueur, Sidney Hook, Peter Berger and Michael Novak. The last named, a former Rockefeller Foundation flunky and an ex-speechwriter for Sargeant Shriver, is called a conservative by some “conservative” foundations, although in his book The Rise of the Unmeltable Ethnics he called for a Black-ethnic political coalition to further dispossess WASPs and actually advocated violence against WASP women.

Kevin Phillips in the Conservative Digest (Sept. 1979) explains one of the reasons for the appearance of this presumably new intellectual coterie (which has actually been around for many years):

Some New Left critics have even gone so far as to link the rise of neoconservatism to Jewish intellectual fear of Russia and concern for the future of Israel. This charge seems extreme, but neoconservatism’s strong preoccupation with Israel does suggest a genesis and partial raison d’etre not deeply shared by the country as a whole.

It goes without saying that old-fashioned Majority “conservatives” bow and scrape to their new intellectual ringmasters. In a recent newspaper column Ronald Reagan came out for total support of Israel.

Practically all neoconservatives agree with pseudoconservative William F. Buckley, Jr., who endorsed the Panama Canal giveaway and wants to make Martin Luther King’s birthday a national holiday. Whether they would go so far as to agree with Buckley’s recent “pardon” of Teddy Kennedy is doubtful.

Since they are practically all minority members, their conservatism will surely play second fiddle to their minority racism. All they are doing is putting a little less emphasis on the liberal side of the liberal-minority coalition and more emphasis on the minority side.

Let’s get this straight once and for all. No matter how conservative his leanings in economics and politics, anyone who believes in Israel über alles may be an Israeli conservative, but he is not an American conservative. All modern political science to the contrary, the first principle of conservatism is the conservation of the race.

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Source: Instauration magazine, February 1980

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1 Comment

  1. Walt Hampton
    26 March, 2018 at 2:00 am — Reply

    “Conservatism” is a dead horse walking that needs
    to be put out of its misery. Ask most of them what
    is it that they want to “conserve,” and they usually
    degenerate into the ‘Neo-Jesus-psycho-babble.’ They
    are not even worth the time of day.

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