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Irving Kristol, RIP

Kristol played a crucial role in the development of the modern conservative movement.  More on this later.  Condolences to his family, which includes Ashbrook Board Member William Kristol.  AEI's obituary is here.

UPDATE: NY Times obituary is here.  Some lines:

Yet underlying the invective was an innate skepticism, even a quality of moderation and self-mockery, which was often belied by his single-mindedness. This stalwart defender of free enterprise could manage only two cheers for capitalism. "Extremism in defense of liberty," he declared, taking issue with Barry Goldwater, "is always a vice because extremism is but another name for fanaticism." And the two major intellectual influences on him, he said, were Lionel Trilling, "a skeptical liberal," and Leo Strauss, "a skeptical conservative." 
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I wonder if NLT's blog administrator is picking up on the clever spammer, who makes one or two-line comments and just happens to have a URL of "ugg boots on sale."

It sort of presents a dilemma, though, doesn't it?

On the one hand, he/she's a spammer.

On the other, they appear to be providing some dependable "ditto!" affirmations for the viewpoints of the bloggers, PLUS they are entrepreneurs of a sort so, why should NLT snuff out the marketing efforts of an enterprising entrepreneur, engaged in the sacred art of commerce?

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