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Mon May 9, 2022, 05:22 PM

Midge Decter, social critic and leader of neoconservative movement, dies at 94

Source: Washington Post

Midge Decter, an intellectual leader of the neoconservative movement whose acerbic, stylishly written essays and books assailed Soviet communism as well as American liberalism, denouncing feminism and other progressive movements while calling for unwavering support for Israel, died May 9 at her home in Manhattan. She was 94.

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Mrs. Decter was the matriarch of a formidable neoconservative family that included her second husband, Norman Podhoretz, the longtime editor of Commentary magazine; their son John Podhoretz, a former speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan and now editor of Commentary; and son-in-law Elliott Abrams, who served in foreign policy positions in the Reagan and George W. Bush administrations.

Along with her husband and other New York-based intellectuals ó including editor and essayist Irving Kristol and his wife, historian Gertrude Himmelfarb ó Mrs. Decter was considered one of the founders of neoconservatism. The intellectual movement emerged in the 1960s out of the pages of Commentary, a previously liberal magazine founded by the American Jewish Committee.

Like many of her peers, Mrs. Decter was raised in a Jewish family of New Deal Democrats who grew disaffected by what she saw as an alarming tear in the American social fabric. Finding fault in welfare programs and moral relativism, she and other neoconservatives shifted rightward and became anti-communist hawks, championing a muscular foreign policy that saw peaks of influence during the Reagan White House and later under Bush.

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/midge-decter-social-critic-and-leader-of-neoconservative-movement-dies-at-94/ar-AAX4YfJ



Good riddance to bad philosophy.

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Reply Midge Decter, social critic and leader of neoconservative movement, dies at 94 (Original post)
TheProle May 2022 OP
DURHAM D May 2022 #1
Grins May 2022 #15
LT Barclay May 2022 #2
mountain grammy May 2022 #13
pwb May 2022 #3
turbinetree May 2022 #4
AZLD4Candidate May 2022 #5
bucolic_frolic May 2022 #6
catbyte May 2022 #7
Warpy May 2022 #8
LiberalFighter May 2022 #9
2Gingersnaps May 2022 #10
Solly Mack May 2022 #11
eppur_se_muova May 2022 #12
JudyM May 2022 #14
PlanetBev May 2022 #16
The Grand Illuminist May 2022 #18
Icanthinkformyself May 2022 #17
tonekat May 2022 #19
Demsrule86 May 2022 #20
TheProle May 2022 #21

Response to TheProle (Original post)

Mon May 9, 2022, 05:28 PM

1. Never heard of her. Goodbye. nt

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Response to DURHAM D (Reply #1)

Mon May 9, 2022, 11:08 PM

15. A venomous viper in a family of vipers.

I thought she was already dead.

Donít mourn her. A lot of what infects Reich-wing conservatism started with her and her husband.

Everything SHITTY about her doubled down into her disgusting murderous son-in-law, Elliot Abrams. Who should have been in prison decades ago.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Mon May 9, 2022, 05:28 PM

2. I object to the use of the word "intellectual" in regards to anyone connected to the neocon cult of

attempted global domination in a manner more like a live-action version of Pinky and the Brain.

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Response to LT Barclay (Reply #2)

Mon May 9, 2022, 09:35 PM

13. Agree. Kind of an oxymoron

an intellectual neocon.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Mon May 9, 2022, 05:29 PM

3. Fucking assholes live forever.

Bless her heart.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Mon May 9, 2022, 05:31 PM

4. She must have been the inspiration to have old Ronnie attack PATCO

the air traffic controllers....

good riddance.....

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Mon May 9, 2022, 05:35 PM

5. Not shedding one tear for a dead neo-con.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Mon May 9, 2022, 05:38 PM

6. Elite circles with outsized influence

I much preferred Hannah Arendt.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Mon May 9, 2022, 05:40 PM

7. ...

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Mon May 9, 2022, 05:52 PM

8. It's my policy not to speak ill of the recently dead

Midge Decter is dead.

GOOD.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Mon May 9, 2022, 06:00 PM

9. Who?

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Mon May 9, 2022, 06:19 PM

10. "I have never wished a man dead dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure."

I did not know Robin Williams or Harry Nillson, but I cried like I did when I lost my brother, they brought that much joy to my life. I cannot bring myself to pretend sorrow for a 94 year old who lived a long and comfortable life, and championed a mind set that brought and still brings suffering to so many.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Mon May 9, 2022, 06:32 PM

11. Took way too long.

About 94 years too long.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Mon May 9, 2022, 06:59 PM

12. Meh. The shark has lost another tooth.

They keep growing back.

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Tue May 10, 2022, 12:20 AM

16. Glad to hear it

She lived too long. One less soulless reptile on the planet.

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Response to PlanetBev (Reply #16)

Tue May 10, 2022, 09:48 AM

18. The damage was done.

That is all the right care about.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Tue May 10, 2022, 07:28 AM

17. Intellectual leader?

There is nothing intellectual about conservatives, neo or otherwise and it is leading to their extinction as young people abandon the right wing of politics, recognizing the cesspool of toxic waste the party is and has been for decades. A philosophy of hate and derision that denigrates those of us who have less and refuses to help others is degenerate and inhumane. Call neoconservatism what it is, fascism dressed to look acceptable. But it is just as rotted inside as the Notsees of the 1930s. It's sad that even Jews who should know better fall into the trap of the greed that is a core value of conservatism. She came of age when we all came together and saved the world from fascists and saved the Jews from extinction. It's too bad she became one of them.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Wed May 11, 2022, 03:17 PM

19. She sounded repulsive!

Good Riddance to such a harmful stain on the planet.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Wed May 11, 2022, 03:22 PM

20. Why would you post this...a big who cares when some souless conservative dies.

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Response to Demsrule86 (Reply #20)

Wed May 11, 2022, 06:53 PM

21. I think it's important to know your political adversaries...

and I have always been intrigued with the evolution of American politics.

She's dead and while her ideas are still actively toxic, there has been a sea-change in mainstream attitudes and it's apparent that her brand of conservatism is destined for the ash-heap of history. Her death represents (to me) some degree of turning a very ugly page.

I'm sorry if history or nuance is of no use to you.

If you feel it endangers the community, please feel free to alert and let a jury decide.

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