Best known for his 24 years in the Senate, Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1927 – 2003) was a major figure in the political history of the United States in the second half of the twentieth century. In this Conversation, political scientist Greg Weiner, author of a fine intellectual biography of Moynihan, reviews Moynihan’s political career and his approach to political and social problems. In his rejection of extremism, his defense of proceduralism in government, and his willingness to use good social science while also seeing its limits, Moynihan’s example has much to teach us today. Kristol and Weiner also consider the extent to which Moynihan benefited from the political thought of Edmund Burke, and why Burke remains highly relevant to our times.

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There are 4 comments.

  1. Franco Member

    Please explain how Mr. Kristol supports Elizabeth Warren for President and can still lecture us on Edmund Burke.

    – Patiently Waiting in Dumbfuqistan

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    • December 1, 2019, at 4:24 AM PST
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  2. BillGollier Coolidge

    It is apparent that neither of these gentlemen have read the works of Herbert Gutman, Thomas Sowell or Jason Riley. All three offer very strong empirical evidence that the breakdown of the African American Family cannot be traced to slavery due to the marriage rates and economic (in spite of Jim Crow) progress from 1865-1960.

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    • December 1, 2019, at 10:42 AM PST
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  3. The Cloaked Gaijin Member

    Greg Weiner? 

    Writer for the Imaginative Conservative who recommended in a piece for the New York Times that Judge Kavanaugh withdraw his name or that the Senate reject his candidacy in a vote.

    Not too imaginative or conservative.

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    • December 1, 2019, at 8:46 PM PST
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  4. MISTER BITCOIN Coolidge

    I used to respect bill kristol

     

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    • December 2, 2019, at 11:36 PM PST
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