Neo-Conservatism: the right hand strangling America
By TLB Contributing Author: Ken LaRive
“I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life, and to challenge them; unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate, and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human freedom.” ― Noam Chomsky
Neo-Conservative: “A former liberal espousing political conservatism; first used in 1952.” (via Websters Dictionary)
The “Neo-con” is a “new” conservative who advocates the assertive promotion of democracy and United States national interest in international affairs including military means. Originally, Neo-conservatives were liberal socialist Democrats, and the movement made great gains in the 1960’s.
Following World War 2, Neo-conservatism became the new enlightened thread infiltrating the Republican party. However, “Republican conservatism,” an original premise to that movement no longer exists in conjunction with the Neo-cons. Neo-Conservatism is now pro big government, pro big spending, and progressive at its core. Seemingly opposed to a welfare state, the Neo-cons advance redistribution of wealth with government controlling incentives.
Republicans, in order to distinguish themselves from the Neo-Cons, often refer to them as “wolves in sheep’s clothing.”
Holding neither a Libertarian nor Paleo-Conservative belief system, Neo-cons have betrayed the core values of the Republican party. Some Republicans have accused Neo-Cons of furthering communism and socialism, while being controlled by banking consortiums and international big business while sacrificing America’s best interests. Promoting a one world order, right along with their liberal Democratic counterparts, the Neo-cons are totalitarian internationalists by nature.
Others suggest that due to unwarranted and inconsistent use, the term “Neo-con” has lost its true meaning. For example: Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, and Donald Rumsfeld have all been identified as leading Neo-conservatives despite being life-long conservative Republicans. Others argue that socio-economic policies define a Neo-conservative, suggesting both Cheney and Rice, having supported Irving Kristol’s ideas, should be considered as such.
Republican ( and former Libertarian ) Congressman Ron Paul, a long time critic of the Neo-conservative movement, has written emphatically that Neo-conservatives attack freedom and liberty while shredding the U.S. Constitution. On the House floor, Dr. Paul commented on the historical roots of the movement, asserting that Neo-conservatism is neither new nor conservative. These speeches can be easily found on YouTube.
According to Wikipedia: “Neo-conservatism is a political philosophy that supports using economic and military power to bring liberalism, democracy, and human rights to other countries. In economics, unlike paleo-conservatives and libertarians, neoconservatives generally support a limited welfare state and “free” trade agreements; the free market, with which they are more than willing to interfere by government mandate and sanctions for overriding social and economic purposes using undeclared preemptive war.
Critics on the right attack Neo-conservatism for involving the United States with wars in the Middle East, promoting of American exceptional-ism by policies in the area that align the United States with the church-state of Israel.
The book, “The Neo-conservative Revolution: Jewish Intellectuals and the Shaping of Public Policy”, is the first defined history of the development of American Jewish political conservatism and the rise of a group of Jewish intellectuals and activists known as Neo-conservatives. It describes the growth of perhaps a dozen such figures in the 1940s and 50s, including Irving Kristol, Nathan Glazer and Norman Podhoretz, to several hundred younger people such as Paul Wolfowitz, David Brooks and Charles Krauthammer who have had a powerful impact on American public policy, including driving the US to a preemptive war with Iraq.
Author’s note: Disputes over Israel’s church/state Zionist movement is in sharp conflict with Paleo-conservatives who continue to argue that neoconservatives are an illegitimate addition to the conservative movement, and that they do not serve America.
Pat Buchanan called Neo-conservatism “a globalist, interventionist, open borders ideology.”
This political rift can be traced back to a defining moment 1981. Ronald Reagan’s nomination of Mel Bradford to run the National Endowment for the Humanities, was thwarted by neoconservatives who complained that he had once criticized Abraham Lincoln. Bradford withdrew.
Though most Americans know nothing of these distinctions, it is the root of many of the policy changes in America that have created an unresponsive top-heavy government.
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