Thursday, March 19, 2009

Some Joshua Muravchik

One of my favorite commentators and writers out there is Joshua Muravchik. A few years back, he wrote an excellent book on the history of Socialism, and he continues to write interesting and controversial pieces.

Here is another from Bloggingheads, in January of 08.

And a CSPAN talk, done back in 2006.


Parvus said...

Kudos for posting the Muravchik material. He is definitely one of the sharpest and most nuanced of the neoconservatives. And a former leader of the YPSL to boot! I interviewed him for my master's thesis and found him to be a genuinely nice guy. Unfortunately, he was recently fired from the AEI by Danielle Pletka, a former staffer for that cretin Jesse Helms. Muravchik will no doubt find a new think tank home soon.

Roland Dodds said...

I agree Pravus. Neo-conservatism is a vast field, and I don’t care for all of those who fall under the label, but Muravchik is one of the best.

I covered his removal from the AEI a few months back; he still publishes in Commentary magazine, but I don’t know if he has found a new home as of yet.

What did your interview with him concern?

Parvus said...

I interviewed him for my M.A. thesis, which traced the personal trajectory of three neocons who started out in the YPSL: he, Carl Gershman, and Penn Kemble. I argued that neocon support for democracy promotion can be traced, at least in part, to their influence--even if they're often overlooked in the literature.

Both Muravchik and Gershman were very helpful with their time and their personal files. Penn Kemble is of course sadly deceased.

As I see it, all three represent the best of the YPSL tradition when it comes to foreign policy.

Roland Dodds said...

Parvus, would it be possible to get a copy of your paper? I am endlessly interested in your paper’s very subject. Shoot me an email at