Frasi Irving Kristol
„Doing good isn't [that] hard. It's just doing a lot of good that is very hard. If your aims are modest, you can accomplish an awful lot. When your aims become elevated beyond a reasonable level, you not only don't accomplish much, you can cause a great deal of damage.“
Interview in the London Times Higher Education Supplement (1987).
„I have observed over the years that the unanticipated consequences of social action are always more important, and usually less agreeable, than the intended consequences.“
On the Democratic Idea in America (New York, 1972), p. ix.
„Senator McGovern is very sincere when he says that he will try to cut the military budget by 30%. And this is to drive a knife in the heart of Israel… Jews don't like big military budgets. But it is now an interest of the Jews to have a large and powerful military establishment in the United States… American Jews who care about the survival of the state of Israel have to say, no, we don't want to cut the military budget, it is important to keep that military budget big, so that we can defend Israel.“
Congress Bi-Weekly (1973), published by the American Jewish Congress. Quoted by Philip Weiss in Mondoweiss (May 23, 2007) http://www.philipweiss.org/mondoweiss/2007/05/30_years_ago_ne.html.
„Democratic socialism turns out to be an inherently unstable compound, a contradiction in terms. Every social-democratic party, once in power, soon finds itself choosing, at one point after another, between the socialist society it aspires to and the liberal society that lathered [sic] it… [S]ocialist movements end up [in] a society where liberty is the property of the state, and is (or is not) doled out to its citizens along with other contingent "benefits."“
As quoted in "Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy: A Symposium" https://www.commentarymagazine.com/articles/capitalism-socialism-and-democracy/ (1 April 1978), edited by William Barrett, Commentary
„Today there is a new class hostile to business in general, and especially to large corporations. As a group, you find them mainly in the very large and growing public sector and in the media. They share a disinterest in personal wealth, a dislike for the free-market economy, and a conviction that society may best be improved through greater governmental participation in the country's economic life. They are the media. They are the educational system. Their dislike for the free-market economy originates in their inability to exercise much influence over it so as to produce change. In its place they would prefer a system in which there is a very large political component. This is because the new class has a great deal of influence in politics. Thus, through politics, they can exercise a direct and immediate influence on the shape of our society and the direction of national affairs.“
1970s, Two Cheers for Capitalism (1978)
„If you have standards, moral standards, you have to want to make them prevail, and at the very least you have to argue in their favor. Now, show me where libertarians have argued in some comprehensive way for a set of moral standards. … I don't think morality can be decided on the private level. I think you need public guidance and public support for a moral consensus. The average person has to know instinctively, without thinking too much about it, how he should raise his children.“
Essay in the Wall Street Journal (1978).
„Young people, especially, are looking for religion so desperately that they are inventing new ones. They should not have to invent new ones; the old religions are pretty good.“
Capitalism and Socialism: A Theological Inquiry (American Enterprise Institute Press, 1979).
„[A neoconservative is] a liberal who has been mugged by reality. A neoliberal is a liberal who got mugged by reality but has not pressed charges.“
Reflections of a Neoconservative: Looking Back, Looking Ahead (1983).
The Public Interest, Spring 1973 https://books.google.com/books?id=S2nUuTagIw8C&pg=PA101&dq=The+enemy+of+liberal+capitalism+today+is+not+so+much+socialism+as+nihilism.&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjjmvTH3aDXAhWMNiYKHfQ_DNwQ6AEIJjAA#v=onepage&q=The%20enemy%20of%20liberal%20capitalism%20today%20is%20not%20so%20much%20socialism%20as%20nihilism.&f=false