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A political philosophy developed in the 1970s and 1980s, advocating the active use of government power in pursuit of conservative domestic and foreign policies.

ne′o·con·ser′va·tive adj. & n.


(ˌni oʊ kənˈsɜr vəˌtɪz əm)

a moderate form of political conservatism that generally opposes big government but supports social welfare and certain other liberal goals.
ne`o•con•serv′a•tive, n., adj.


a new movement in conservatism, usually seen as a move further to the right of the position currently occupied by conservatives in politics or in attitudes. — neoconservative, n., adj.
See also: Attitudes, Politics
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.neoconservatism - an approach to politics or theology that represents a return to a traditional point of view (in contrast to more liberal or radical schools of thought of the 1960s)
conservatism, conservativism - a political or theological orientation advocating the preservation of the best in society and opposing radical changes
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has qualified his 'end of history' thesis, distanced himself from neoconservatism, and written big books about big subjects, including the nature of human nature, the origins of social norms, the revolution in biotechnology and the development gap between Latin America and the United States.
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Writer-editor Irving Kristol, known as the godfather of neoconservatism, died at 89.
In his analysis, Lampert largely circumvents the controversies associated with Strauss's name such as his purported influence on neoconservatism and, by extension, their signature policy decision--the invasion of Iraq.
The mini-documentary explains the history of neoconservatism and the confusing effect that it has had on our American political landscape, as well as how America got into these politically confused times, where America is headed, and, most importantly, how America can exit from its self-destructive mode.
In his zeal to equate this with neoconservatism, Desch distorts the following points.
She became increasingly alienated from former refugee colleagues with whom she had common cause during the war, from young writers and intellectuals who embraced Zionism, and from older friends who were on the road to neoconservatism.
Jack Kerwick, who also adverts to Leo Strauss, is less sanguine about the reconciliation of neoconservatism and the older conservative tradition in his account of "The Neoconservative Conundrum.
Topics discussed include ideology and an American "grand strategy" for the Middle East, the Israel lobby theory, neoconservatism and American hegemony, oil, energy policy, and the Iraq invasion.
We hope the protest will ignite a long-term drive to oppose the endless pursuit of market capitalism and neoconservatism," he added.
According to Vaisse, although neoconservatism may have a long-term "future," "its fortunes now seem on the decline.
THE BABY AND THE BAATH WATER From the man behind award winning documentaries on current affairs including, The Power of Nightmares on the rise of Islamism in the Arab world and Neoconservatism.