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Doug Wilson and Neo-Conservatism

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Doug Wilson tackles neo-cons and gives some analysis on the conservative spectrum as well as some analysis on Ron Paul.  On a side note, if you are a registered Republican and don’t know what a neo-con is, you probably are one, and you probably aren’t really a conservative either.  I don’t intend to be mean here, but please inform yourselves of the nasty sub-current in Washington that has hijacked the GOP.

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Written by Michael Graham

April 22, 2010 at 6:00 pm

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  1. I don’t agree with Doug’s conclusion. Terrorism is an existential threat to our society. Even if one doesn’t believe that, it’s still possible to fight extremism while spending responsibly.

    I’m also curious to know what you think are the important distinctions between neocons and regular cons. I see us as part of the same movement. We’ve always been interventionist (see Kagan on that point), so I don’t think that is a valid difference. but I’m not decided on this by any means. Also interesting that the Wiki on Neocons quoted EJ Dionne in the first para! gimme a break!

    Steve McGregor

    April 25, 2010 at 10:03 am

  2. What Wilson, myself, and other cons or paleo-cons are getting at – is that neo-conservatism is really far away from some of the central tenets of conservative politics. I cannot account for the veracity of the wikipedia article, but I think neo-conservatism will kill the GOP.

    There was massive expansion of government as well as huge spending under the Bush administration.

    I am surprised you don’t see the distinction here.

    Michael Graham

    April 25, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    • I’ve never associated NeoCons w/ big gov. I’ve always seen it as more of a foreign policy a la Robert Kagan. In fact, I’m not sure there’s a solid case that NeoConservatism is a different philosophy from Conservatism–just a reassertion of it. In the 90s it seemed that with the collapse of USSR we wouldn’t need a strong military or interventionist foreign policy. It was nigh utopian for some. Bush 43 and Sept 11th caused a return to our founding principles.

      Where is it written that NeoCon is big government? I just think of Proj for New American Century when I think of NeoCon.

      Steve McGregor

      April 30, 2010 at 4:15 am


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