The Origins of Neo-conservatism . . .
. . . was a nest of young, self-“educated” Jewish communists at City College of New York in the 1930s according to the self-proclaimed “godfather” of neoconservatism, the late Irving Kristol. As outspoken communists they were of course welcomed with open arms in academe and many of them were given prestigious-sounding job titles at big universities, as Kristol boasts.
By contrast the great Ludwig von Mises, who arrived in New York City in 1940, could not find any university in America to hire him. At the time Mises was the preeminent critic of socialism in the world; the most severe and effective European critic of the Nazi regime; and he was the son of a Rabbi. As such, he was Enemy Number One with the Nazis as far as intellectuals were concerned, so he fled his apartment just hours before the SS broke into it. He taught for more than 30 years at New York University on a salary paid for by freedom-loving philanthropists. Kristol and his fellow Trotskyites (the “godfather” preferred “Trotskyists”) were intellectual pygmies (and cowards) compared to Mises.