Paul Gottfried

Paul Gottfried

Paul Edward Gottfried (*1941) is Raffensperger Professor of Humanities at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, and a Guggenheim recipient. He is an adjunct scholar of the Mises Institute.


He is the author of numerous books and articles in several languages on intellectual history, paleoconservatism, ancient historiography, and political theory. Gottfried has also been a close friend of important political and intellectual figures: Richard Nixon, Pat Buchanan, John Lukacs, Christopher Lasch, Robert Nisbet, and Murray Rothbard. He is now writing his memoirs that will deal with his "encounters" with these and other personalities. He is a critic of the neoconservatives within the conservative movement and the Republican Party.


Much of his historical-theoretical contributions have sought to demonstrate the obsolescence of inherited political and ideological distinctions. This theme runs through his recent trilogy, which traces the rise and expansion of the democratic managerial state. His most recent book, "Conservatism in America", addresses "value conservatism." Gottfried has often portrayed culture and morality in contemporary Western societies as reflections of the reach of the current political administration. He has focused on the democratic welfare state as a force of change because of its power to recode social behavior and to break down communities. He focuses especially upon social engineering with popular consent, and the advance of democratic pluralism.

Many of Gottfried's political columns feature sarcastic comments about neoconservatives, whom he charges with "global democratic idolatry" and "irresponsible name-calling". Gottfried has also accused particular neoconservatives of having kept him from an endowed professorship at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and he has made references to this in commentaries about the decline of academic freedom. He has voiced doubt about the possibility of maintaining free institutions in the face of the "self-obliteration" of the bourgeois society that created them. [ [ Neoconservative Animus by Paul Gottfried ] ] [ [ Neocon Attack by Paul Gottfried ] ]


*"Conservative Millenarians: The Romantic Experience in Bavaria", Fordham University Press 1979 ISBN 0-8232-0982-8
*"The Search for Historical Meaning: Hegel and the Postwar American Right", Northern Illinois Univ Press 1986 ISBN 0-87580-114-5
*"The Conservative Movement" (1988, second edition 1992)
*"After Liberalism: Mass Democracy in the Managerial State", Princeton University Press ISBN 0-691-08982-5
*"Carl Schmitt: Politics and Theory (Contributions in Political Science)", Greenwood Press 1990 ISBN 0-313-27209-3
*"Multiculturalism and the Politics of Guilt: Towards a Secular Theocracy", University of Missouri Press, 2002 ISBN 0-8262-1417-7
*"The Strange Death of Marxism: The European Left in the New Millennium", University of Missouri Press, 2005 ISBN 0-8262-1597-1
*"Conservatism in America: Making Sense of the American Right" (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2007)

External links

elected articles

* [ Goldbergism: The Lowest (Terminal) Stage Of Conservatism] , "", March 27, 2003.
* [ "How Russell Kirk (And The Right) Went Wrong"] , "".
* [ My Guy: Paul Gottfried on Patrick Buchanan] , "Policy Review", Summer 1995.
* [ "What’s In A Name? The Curious Case Of Neoconservative"] ,

Column archives

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* [ Taki's Top Drawer]
* Peter B. Gemma, "'Old Right' Intellectual Challenges NeoConservatives", January 13, 2008


* [ 2007 Interview at the Property and Freedom Society]

ee also

* Paleoconservatism
* Antifeminism
* Managerial state


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