The Conservative Intellectual Tradition in America

Session 8: The Cold War, Anti-Communism, and Neo-Conservatism

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Guest Lecturer: The Honorable Douglas J. FeithView a short interview regarding this theme

Themes: The role of anti-communism within 20th century conservatism; the origins and development of neo-conservatism; the contrast between neo-conservative thought and traditional conservatism and libertarianism.


Recorded: 3/14/2012

Required Reading:

Chambers, Whittaker. Selection, Witness, in David Hollinger and Charles Capper, The American Intellectual Tradition: A Sourcebook Volume II, 1865 – Present

Mahoney, Daniel. “Whittaker Chambers: Witness to the Crisis of the Modern Soul,” The Intercollegiate Review

Tonsor, Stephen. “Marxism and Modernity”

Krasnow, Wladislaw. “Karl Marx as Frankenstein: Toward a Genealogy of Communism”

Kristol, Irving. “American Intellectuals and Foreign Policy,” “Capitalism, Socialism, and Nihilism,” “Utopianism, Ancient and Modern,” “Memoirs of a ‘Cold Warrior,’”

Lindberg, Tod. “Neoconservatism’s Liberal Legacy”

Wilson, Clyde. “Global Democracy and American Tradition,” Arguing Conservatism

Recommended Reading:

Bell, Daniel. “The End of Ideology in the West,” in David Hollinger and Charles Capper, The American Intellectual Tradition: A Sourcebook Volume II, 1865 – Present

Knippenberg, Joseph .“From Kant to Marx: The Perils of Liberal Idealism”

Kristol, Irving. “On Conservatism and Capitalism,” Neoconservatism: The Autobiography of an Idea “The American Revolution as a Successful Revolution,” “The Emergence of Two Republican Parties,” “America’s ‘Exceptional Conservatism,’” Neoconservatism: The Autobiography of an Idea

Kristol, Irving. “The Neoconservative Persuasion”

Nash, George. “Nightmare in Red,” The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945

Nash, George. “Jews for Joe McCarthy: The Rise and Fall of the American Jewish League against Communism,” Reappraising the Right

Niebuhr, Reinhold. Selection, The Children of Light and the Children of Darkness, in David Hollinger and Charles Capper, The American Intellectual Tradition: A Sourcebook Volume II, 1865 – Present

Stelzer, Irwin. “Neoconservative Economic Policy: Virtues and Vices,” The Neocon Reader

Course Overview

Section One: Introduction
Section Two: The Foundations of American Conservatism
Section Three: The 20th Century and the Recovery of a Conservative Tradition
Section Four: Conservative Triumph, Consensus, and Crisis