Joshua Muravchik

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Joshua Muravchik (born September 17, 1947 in New York City) is a scholar formerly at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research and now a fellow at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University. He is an adjunct professor at the DC based Institute of World Politics.

Muravchik received an undergraduate degree from City College of New York, and a Ph.D in international relations from Georgetown University.

Muravchik was National Chairman of the Young People's Socialist League (YPSL) from 1968 to 1973, and supported the majority of the Socialist Party of America in renaming the organization to Social Democrats, USA.[1][2]

He has been an adjunct professor at the Institute of World Politics since 1992. He served on the Maryland State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights from 1985 to 1997 and was a member of the Commission on Broadcasting to the People's Republic of China in 1992. Additionally, he has been an adjunct scholar at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy since 1986 and was executive director of the Coalition for a Democratic Majority from 1977 to 1979. He is an editorial board member of World Affairs and Journal of Democracy. He was also an aide to the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.[3]

Muravchik is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, where he researches Middle East politics, democracy, and the history of socialism. He is also a patron of the Henry Jackson Society, which sponsors discussions and activities around the political legacy of Senator Henry "Scoop" Jackson. He describes himself as a neo-conservative,[4] despite the disapproval of his social-democratic father[5][6] and socialist mother.[6] His father criticized his Heaven on earth: The Rise and Fall of Socialism:[6][7]

"Josh Muravchik’s father, Manny, eighty-five-years-old, breathing through oxygen tubes, [was] handing out his own two-page Xeroxed affirmation of socialism." "Manny let the reader know that his own life, and that of Josh’s mother, would be impossible today absent the very sort of anti-market reforms—Medicare, rent-controlled apartments—for which they’d worked while Josh was still a pisher and toward which he sounded at best ambivalent today." "Father told son that if there was utopian impulse to be feared, it was that messianic laissez-faire nonsense he must have picked up once he’d left home. You think your mother and I could survive in your perfect world, Mr. Capitalist Shill?[5]

His mother was too upset with his book to attend the discussion.[6]

In 2006, he called for the bombing of Iran in a Los Angeles Times op-ed entitled "Bomb Iran".[8]

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  2. ^ Muravchik, Joshua (January 2006). "Comrades". Commentary Magazine. Retrieved 15 June 2007. 
  3. ^ Institute of World Politics profile of Joshua Muravchik
  4. ^ Operation Comeback
  5. ^ a b Meyerson, Harold (Fall 2002). "Solidarity, Whatever". Dissent 49 (4): 16. 
  6. ^ a b c d Muravchik, Joshua (8 May 2002). "Joshua Muravchik revisits communism: Where socialism lives on". National Review Online (May 2, 2003 10:45 A.M. ed.) (National Review). 
  7. ^ Muravchik, Manny (2002). Socialism in my life and my life in socialism (html). Private (hosted by Social Democrats, USA). "A Letter to my children, grandchildren and beyond and to my comrades, ex-comrades and anti-comrades gathering on May Day 2002". Retrieved August 14, 2011. 
  8. ^ Joshua Muravchik (November 19, 2006). "Bomb Iran". LA Times. Retrieved June 27, 2011. 

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