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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.
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(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.
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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
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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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The Weekly Standard, a magazine that had been described as a "redoubt of neoconservatism" and as "the neocon bible," published its final issue on December 17,23 years after being founded by veteran neoconservative William Kristol.
Born in 1954, Kristol was the second child of the writer Irving Kristol, one of the founders of neoconservatism.
Analyses have pointed to a strengthening of neoliberalism and neoconservatism in various parts of the world, with threats to the values of solidarity that form the basis of social protection systems.
Take Irving Kristol, the "godfather" of neoconservatism. In 1952 he argued in Commentary that the American people trusted the "vulgar demagogue" Joseph McCarthy more than "the spokesmen for American liberalism" because they at least knew the senator was "unequivocally anti-Communist." In other words, Kristol was contending that regular Americans were wiser than the tenants of the Ivory Tower.
And so I fear profoundly for the North East under another period of unchecked Tory rule as Labour's recent descent into a farce of student union politics opens the door to unfettered neoconservatism.
In the first chapter Judie Newman brilliantly examines the shift of affections from Bellow's early embrace of Trotskyism to his later, longer-lasting commitment to neoconservatism. She subsequently looks at his early writings, namely his short stories and specific examples from Dangling Man and The Adventures of Augie March, to demonstrate that during this period Bellow's own political philosophy advances from Trotskyism to social democracy.
Over the decades Iraq has represented many things to American geopolitical strategy: a bulwark against Soviet incursions into the Middle East; a counter to the formation of the Islamic Republic; a locus of American petroleum interests; an arena in which America could flex its military might to preserve its foreign interests; and, ultimately a lesson that twentieth-century models of nation-building were outmoded and unsuitable to the unyielding polities of both neoconservatism and neoliberalism.
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....
Nester insists that Jacksonism was the inspiration for "the Far Right of America's political spectrum, most recently the neoconservatism and Tea Party movements" (p.
Few of the authors define what the term means in their work, and in a moment where neoliberalism has become something of a buzzword, I would have appreciated a more concentrated editorial engagement with the term outside of its binaried relationship with neoconservatism.
Writer-editor Irving Kristol, known as the godfather of neoconservatism, died at 89.