A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from December 05, 2009
“A neoconservative is a liberal who has been mugged by reality”

Entry in progress—B.P.

Wikiquote: Irving Kristol
Irving Kristol (born 22 January 1920 - 18 September 2009) was an American columnist, journalist, and writer who was dubbed the “godfather of neoconservatism.”
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[A neoconservative is] a liberal who has been mugged by reality. A neoliberal is a liberal who got mugged by reality but has not pressed charges.
. Reflections of a Neoconservative: Looking Back, Looking Ahead (1983)

30 May 1980, Christian Science Monitor, “Ben Wattenberg’s ‘walkabout’ look at American politics” by Arthur Unger, pg. 19:
“A ‘neoconservative’ is what I’ve been called.  Well I say a neoconservative is just a liberal who has been mugged by reality!” Mr. Wattenberg laughs at his own turn of phrase.

20 March 1981, Washington (DC) Post, “Gunman Robs N.Y. Congressman Near Hill Home” by Roger Piantadosi, pg. A48:
“Well, a conservative is a liberal who was mugged last night,” he (Rep. Hamilton Fish Jr., New York Republican—ed.) said.

Google News Archive
1 April 1981, The Ledger (Lakeland, FL), “Childers-Haben show could keep lawmaking lively” by Bill Kaczor, pg. 6C, cols. 4-5:
Also in the top echelon are SPeaker Pro Tempore Barry Kutun, D-Miami, described jokingly by Haben as a neo-conservative—“a liberal who has been mugged by reality”—and Appropriations Chairman Herb Morgan, D-Tallahassee, who had the same powerful chairmanship under Brown.

Google Books
6 April 1981, New York magazone, “Why Reagan and Koch Are the Most Popular Politicians in America” by Norman Podhoretz, pg. 32, col. 1:
In short, he fits to perfection Irving Kristol’s definition of a neo-conservative: He is “a liberal who has been mugged by reality.” And this, too, is an element in his ability to speak so precisely for the people of New York, most of whom are also liberals who have been mugged by reality.

Time magazine
A Mayor for All Seasons
Monday, Jun. 15, 1981
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Koch (New York City Mayor Ed Koch—ed.) may not have time for history, but he would like to make history, and there is a good chance that he will. History, in turn, has made him—the immigrant boy, the shoe salesman, the Stevensonian, civil rights-defending liberal Democrat “mugged by reality” in Editor Irving Kristol’s phrase, until eventually he became the most recognizable kind of figure in modern American politics: the neoconservative, the crypto-Republican, the Tough-Man Entrepreneur

6 December 1981, New York (NY) Times, “Irving Kristol” by Walter Goodman, pg. SM23:
A neoconservative, he tells us, is “a liberal who has been mugged by reality.”

15 December 1982, New York (NY) Times, “‘Mellow’ Rizzo Girds for Race in Philadelphia,” pg. A15:
When Mr. Rizzo (Philadelphia Mayor Frank L. Rizzo—ed.) left office, he had become known for such lines as: “A conservative is a liberal who was mugged the night before.”

6 November 1983, Washington (DC) Post, Ann Landers column, pg. K9:
Dear Readers:
The best line of the week: A good definition of a conservative is a liberal who was mugged last night.

1 March 1993, New York (NY) Times, “Maybe liberals are becoming fewer; then again, maybe conservatives are becoming noisier” by Sam Roberts, pg. B3:
What is a liberal, anyway?  To Irving Kristol’s definition of neoconservative as a liberal who was mugged by reality, Tom Wolfe countered that “a liberal is a conservative who has been arrested.”

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