„The enemy of liberal capitalism today is not so much socialism as nihilism.“

—  Irving Kristol, 1970s, 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
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Irving Kristol
giornalista, attivista (padre del neoconservatorismo) 1920 - 2009

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