Adam Meyerson, a neo-conservative
intellectual affiliated with the Heritage Foundation, noted that neo-conservatives
"have a sense of progress" and "welcome more than we fear advances in technology." Such statements confirmed the paleo-conservative belief that the neo-conservatives
were essentially utilitarians with little sense of a transcendent religious and moral order or of the philosophical and theological underpinnings of traditional conservatism.(5)
It cannot help but be critical of those neo-conservative
moods and programs whose quasi-Victorian optimism and self-righteousness are paid for by blindly abstracting from the real living conditions of a large part of the population, by consciously neglecting the daily life, the real possibilities and particularly the constraints of the less articulate groups, so numerous in this society and so little visible at the same time.
It is accepted that the welfare state has been 'restructured' rather than 'dismantled'; that there have been contradictions between the 'neo-liberal' and 'neo-conservative
' wings of the 'new right'; that, over against Margaret Thatcher, John Major has diffidently out-Heroded Herod.
For instance Healy's opening chapter, though raising important issues of categorization, tends towards a schematic reading of "neo-conservative
" and "new" models of history, while any potted survey of deconstruction (chapter 2) or feminist criticism (chapter 7) is necessarily an exercise in selectivity -- only compounded by scant footnote references to further issues and reading.
This was a progressive government elected September 1990 that was surrounded by neo-conservative
governments that control most of political and economic levers; and for any government to bring about fundamental change in Ontario would be almost impossible.
Taking his cue from his bevy of neo-conservative
advisers, Romney has appeared to embrace their tenets and even conflated their projection of American exceptionalism with elements of his own Mormon creed.
Romney's veiled racism and his efforts to marginalize an Arab population under occupation, or the fact that cultural superiority wasn't even his cockamamie idea, but stolen from books by a Harvard professor and a neo-conservative
Last month in the Washington Post, a hard-line neo-conservative
, Max Boot, called for strengthening the army of his bankrupt country; they want permanent war.
Which means that a thinker and polemicist like Irving Kristol could make the journey from Trotskyite to neo-conservative
and still be at the centre of American intellectual life.
The emphatic bursting of the neo-conservative
bubble spells the end too for favouring the rich over the poor, in Britain, one hopes, as well as the US.
In a sequel and elaboration of earlier books about money and power, Arrighi (sociology, Johns Hopkins U.) here concentrates on the rise and demise of the neo-conservative
Project for a New American Century, and the emergence of China as the leader of the East Asian economic renaissance.
As well documented by Bacevich, McCain's one ideological fixation is neo-conservative