By Michael J. Thompson
William Kristol, Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleeza Rice, George F. Will, and Dick Cheney. those are present day neoconservatives--confident, simple, and a political strength to be reckoned with. yet how should still we outline this new conservatism? what's new approximately it? during this quantity, a few of ultra-modern best political students tackle the cost of explaining, defining, and confronting the hot conservatism of the final twenty-five years. The authors learn the information, rules and roots of this ideological flow exhibiting that modern neoconservatism has been capable of mix the various points of social conservatism--such as spiritual populism and nationalism--with fiscal liberalism and the rhetoric of equality of chance and individualism. With their emphasis on dismantling the welfare country and a rhetorical go back to monetary laissez faire and person rights, neoconservatives were in a position to harness populist sentiment when it comes to either economics and cultural concerns. And with their trust in ethical and cultural ''simplicity,'' their draw back from technology, their conviction in American superiority at the worldwide degree, and their include of ''anti-government'' rhetoric, they've got successfully replaced the character of the yankee political landscape.
The participants to Confronting the recent Conservatism provide a trenchant research and noticeable critique of the neoconservative ethos, arguing that it truly is an ideology that should be higher understood if switch is to be had.
Contributors: Stanley Aronowitz, Chip Berlet, Stephen Eric Bronner, Lawrence Davidson, Greg Grandin, Philip eco-friendly, Diana M. Judd, Thomas M. Keck, Charles Noble, R. Claire Snyder, Michael J. Thompson, and Nicholas Xenos.
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Laurel— helped move many suburban citizens toward political positions that alienated liberal democrats. ”34 The essence of the new provincialism is therefore not bound up simply with space itself; it is more accurate to say that the detachment and spatial relations that constitute the majority of American living environments shape political and cultural attitudes and ways of understanding because of the return to the emphasis on localism. Historically there is some evidence that correlates the expansion of local forms of political power with the expression of racist and antiliberal ideas.
The hostility toward top-down programs that sought to shape American life along more racially egalitarian lines—the problem of housing segregation between black and white municipalities was the prime target of liberal programs such as New Jersey’s Mt. Laurel— helped move many suburban citizens toward political positions that alienated liberal democrats. ”34 The essence of the new provincialism is therefore not bound up simply with space itself; it is more accurate to say that the detachment and spatial relations that constitute the majority of American living environments shape political and cultural attitudes and ways of understanding because of the return to the emphasis on localism.
221–251 (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2005). 10. For a discussion of this period, see John Garraty, The New Commonwealth, America’s Conservative Landscape 27 1877–1890 (New York: Harper and Row, 1968), 309–336; Wiebe, Search for Order; Morton White, Social Thought in America: The Revolt against Formalism (Boston: Beacon, 1963), 3–58; and James T. Kloppenberg, Uncertain Victory: Social Democracy and Progressivism in European and American Thought (New York: Oxford University Press, 1986). 11.