Kristol, Irving
July 1967
Foreign Affairs;Jul67, Vol. 45 Issue 4, p594
Academic Journal
The article examines the influence of intellectuals on the foreign policy of the U.S. as of July 1967. No modern nation has ever constructed a foreign policy that was acceptable to its intellectuals. True, at moments of national peril or national exaltation, intellectuals will feel the same patriotic emotions as everyone else, and will subscribe as enthusiastically to the common cause. The intellectual critics of U.S. foreign policy deny that any such revolutionary intention or program exists--but think it ought to. There are precious few people in the U.S. who will say aloud that revolutionary intentions are inconsistent with a prudent and responsible foreign policy of a great power. The transformation of the U.S. republic into an imperial power has sharply exacerbated the relations between the intellectual and the makers of foreign policy.


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