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Paleo-Neo-Conservatism Dying, Neo-Neo-Conservatism Rising from Her Ashes: A Neo-Con Warmonger Manifesto

Posted on July 2 2010 1:58 pm
David Swindle is the Managing Editor of NewsReal Blog and the Associate Editor of FrontPage Magazine. Follow him on Twitter here

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The nature of existence is boom and bust. The pattern of rising up and falling down, birth and death, debt and wealth, consolidation and expansion. The phoenix burns bright until crumbling to ash — only to rise again in a new form.

So too with political ideology.

On Pajamas TV’s “FrontPage with Allen Barton,” professor C. Bradley Thompson and Yaron Brook, head of the Ayn Rand Institute, discuss their new book Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea.

Defining the influential — but allegedly dying political philosophy — Thompson said,

I think the best way to put it is the way that Daniel Bell, the Harvard sociologist put it. In politics he was a liberal, in economics a socialist, and in regard to cultural matters he was a conservative… And neoconservatism… is an amalgam… In the end what really holds them together is they believe that the government ought to play a role in regulating both the economy and the cultural life of the nation — which is sort of splitting the difference between liberals and conservatives. It’s taking what I would say is the worst from both liberalism and conservatism.


They want the Republicans to give up what they call ideology. And just deal with each political issue as it comes up, one at a time, disconnected with all other issues.

This certainly sounds familiar within certain circles allegedly on the Right. Brook names names:

I think the idea of “compassionate conservatism” is a neoconservative notion… David Brooks who writes for the New York Times and who I think is spokesman for neoconservative ideas. He came up with the term of “big government conservatism.” … Really David Brooks represents today the real agenda of the neoconservatives…. Philosophically they reject the concept of individual rights… They are fundamentally collectivists… They never gave up on the collectivism and idealism of the Left.

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