Ought the Neo-Cons Be Considered Conservatives? A Philosophical Response

Page, James S. (2003) Ought the Neo-Cons Be Considered Conservatives? A Philosophical Response. AQ: Journal of Contemporary Analysis, 75(6), 32-33/40.

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This essay examines the question of whether the neo-conservatives associated with the current political leadership in the USA ought to be properly considered conservatives. It is suggested that there are (at least) three areas in which the current American leadership is or acts contrary to the principles of intellectual conservatism: 1) the commitment of the American leadership to regime change, 2) the ideologically-driven nature of current American foreign policy, and 3) action by the American leadership that does not recognize the organic unity of society. It is suggested that, far from being described as neo-conservative or influenced by neo-conservative ideals, it is more accurate and appropriate to describe the current American political leadership as being imperialist and militarist

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ID Code: 3599
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: This journal was formerly known as Australian Quarterly.
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Keywords: neo as prefix, political conservatism, intellectual conservatism, paleoconservatism, American foreign policy, George Bush, George W, Bush, Symour Lipset, Irving Kristol, liberal intellectuals, disillusionment, interventionist foreign policy, reduction of taxation, diminution of welfare, decline in family values, educational standards, Owen Harries, Edmund Burke, Michael Oakshott, Anthony Quinton, Roger Scruton, connectedness with the past, immobilism, status quo, change, orderly, peaceful, regime change, invasion of Iraq, liberal democratic government, good and evil, ideology, organic nature of society, fundamentalist Christian, evolutionary change, militarist, imperialist, James Smith Page
ISSN: 1443-3605
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Australian Institute of Political Science
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 20 Mar 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:30

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