Paul Edward Gottfried
Gottfried speaking at an October 2017 event in New York.
BornNovember 21, 1941 (1941-11-21) (age 79)
Alma materYeshiva University (B.A., 1963)
Yale University (M.Sc., 1965)
Yale University (Ph.D., 1967)
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
Doctoral advisorHerbert Marcuse
Main interests
Welfare state, democratic pluralism, Romanticism

Paul Edward Gottfried (born November 21, 1941) is an American paleoconservative philosopher, historian, and columnist. He is a former Horace Raffensperger Professor of Humanities at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship recipient. He is currently editor-in-chief of Chronicles magazine.[1]

Early life and education

His father was a successful furrier from Budapest, who had fled Hungary after the July Putsch of 1934. The Jewish family relocated to Bridgeport soon after his birth. Gottfried attended Yeshiva University in New York as an undergraduate and returned to Connecticut to attend Yale for graduate school.


Gottfried is opposed to nation-building and is an avid critic of American interventionist foreign policy.[2]

Gottfried was the first person to use the term "alternative right", when referring specifically to developments within American right-wing politics, in 2008.[3] Richard B. Spencer co-created the term with Gottfried while the two men were working for Taki's Magazine and helped it to gain wider currency through media attention surrounding conferences organized by his think tank, the white supremacist National Policy Institute.[4][5][6]

In 2018, he joined the Institut des sciences sociales, économiques et politiques (Institute of Social, Economic and Political Sciences), founded by Marion Maréchal and Thibaut Monnier, in Lyon, France.[7]

Gottfried is the US correspondent of Nouvelle École, a Nouvelle Droite journal founded by GRECE in 1968.[8]

Selected publications





  1. ^ "Paul Gottfried". Chronicles Magazine.
  2. ^ Utley, Jon Basil. "The Untold Story of Antiwar Conservatives". The American Conservative.
  3. ^ "Meet the Jewish 'Paleoconservative' Who Coined The Term 'Alternative Right'". The Forward. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  4. ^ Staff. "Paul Gottfried: Don't call me the 'godfather' of those alt-right neo-Nazis. I'm Jewish". National Post.
  5. ^ Glueck, Katie (November 19, 2016). "Alt-right celebrates Trump's election at D.C. meeting". Politico.
  6. ^ Goldstein, Joseph (November 20, 2016). "Alt-Right Gathering Exults in Trump Election With Nazi-Era Salute". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331.
  7. ^ Catherine Lagrange (June 22, 2018). "L'école de Marion Maréchal : du business et de la culture (très à droite)". Le Point (in French). Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  8. ^ François, Stéphane (2018). "Réflexions sur le paganisme d'extrême droite". Social Compass. 65 (2): 275. doi:10.1177/0037768618768439. ISSN 0037-7686.