The Public Interest

About the public interest

Adam Wolfson

Spring 2005

I ARRIVED at The Public Interest in the spring of 1994. Irving Kristol would soon, in an excess of modesty, declare neoconservatism a generational phenomenon, now absorbed into a larger conservative whole. Yet less than a decade later, I was fielding phone calls from curious reporters as far off as Argentina, Japan, and various European outposts who wanted to know what neoconservatism was. They would ask me to speak to its influence on the Bush administration’s foreign and social policies, and its relation to the Religious Right. Neoconservatism was apparently back.

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