Why do people call Conservatives "Neocons"?
Please don't just come to bash the conservatives or liberals, I just want to know why.
- justgoodfolkLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Neoconservatism is a political movement, mainly in the United States, which is generally held to have emerged in the 1960s, coalesced in the 1970s, and has had a significant presence in the administration of George W. Bush.
The prefix neo- refers to two ways in which neoconservatism was new. First, many of the movement's founders, originally liberals, Democrats or from socialist backgrounds, were new to conservatism. Also, neoconservatism was a comparatively recent strain of conservative socio-political thought. It derived from a variety of intellectual roots in the decades following World War II, including literary criticism and the social sciences.
Irving Kristol, Norman Podhoretz and others described themselves as neoconservatives during the Cold War. In general, however, the movement's critics use the term more often than supporters.
Many associate neoconservatism with periodicals such as Commentary and The Weekly Standard along with the foreign policy initiatives of think tanks such as the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), and the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA). Neoconservative journalists, pundits, policy analysts, and politicians, often dubbed "neocons" by supporters and critics alike, have been credited with (or blamed for) their influence on U.S. foreign policy, especially under the administration of George W. Bush.
Distinctions from other conservatives
Most people currently described as "neoconservatives" are members of the Republican Party, but while neoconservatives have generally been in electoral alignment with other conservatives, have served in the same Presidential Administrations, and have often ignored intra-conservative ideological differences in alliance against those to their left, there are notable differences between neoconservative and traditional or "paleoconservative" views. In particular, neoconservatives disagree with the nativist, protectionist, and isolationist strain of American conservatism once exemplified by the ex-Republican "paleoconservative" Pat Buchanan, and the traditional "pragmatic" approach to foreign policy often associated with Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, which emphasized pragmatic accommodation with dictators; peace through negotiations, diplomacy, and arms control; détente and containment—rather than rollback—of the Soviet Union; and the initiation of the process that led to ties between the People's Republic of China (PRC) and the United States.
Donald and Frederick Kagan's book While America Sleeps argues, at book length, an analogy between the post-cold war United States and Britain's post-World War I reduction in its military and avoidance of confrontation with other major powers.
As compared with traditional conservatism and libertarianism, which sometimes exhibit an isolationist strain, neoconservatism is characterized by an increased emphasis on defense capability, a willingness to challenge regimes deemed hostile to the values and interests of the United States, pressing for free-market policies abroad, and promoting democracy and freedom. Neoconservatives are strong believers in democratic peace theory.Source(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neoconservative http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neoconservative#Usage...
- Richard SLv 51 decade ago
Conservatives and neo-conservatives are, in many cases, entirely separate animals. A conservative generally tends to favor maintaining things as they are -- some American examples are returning the government to its original form (when it was first created by the Constitution), maintaining what are commonly referred to as family values, etc. Neo-conservatives are much more liberal, in that they don't mind the government interfering with private affairs when they feel it is necessary and are more compromising on moral issues. Don't get me started on anything further left -- you'll be in for a long rant if you do.
- andresenLv 43 years ago
Socilaism is citizen and government owned company and has not something to do with wages of workers till its a state owned company like China has... for this reason many oppose socialism ( administration and possession of company via government). strikes have not something to do with socialism. In a socialistic and communistic society, strikes does not be allowed.. I even have in no way heard a strike being noted as socialism via all and sundry different than here... I even have been a conservative and am an american worker and appreciate what workers have completed for this u . s . a .. Your remark approximately conservatives hating American workers is a fabrication of the Democratic occasion which you will discover puzzling to have confidence on account which you have been brainwashed via this liberal BS.. Be an American first, examine extra , and make up your person strategies as a replace of listening and beleiving this liberal myth...
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Neo from that Greek for new, distinguishing between modern or New Conservatives who do not hold the same values as Old or more traditional conservatives.
One main distinction is that Old Conservatives favored smaller government with less spending. Neocons, of which the Bushes are, favor big government and big spending. What distinguishes them from Liberals is what they choose to spend the money on.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
Because there are a large group of people in this country who call themselves conservatives but they are not conservative in the traditional sense - they love big government but build it by huge deficit spending, they are willing to let government intrude into people's personal lives. They favor big military interventions in order to achieve change in governements.
These are not consistent with traditional conservative policies so I can't bring myself to call them conservatives and don't know what else to call them.
- ♥austingirl♥Lv 61 decade ago
Neo-con: (def) The prefix neo- refers to two ways in which neoconservatism was new. Many of the movement's founders, originally liberals, Democrats or from Socialist backgrounds, were new to conservatism.
These aren't the warm-fuzzy-idealists "let's take care of people" type, but the scary Stalinesque, New World Order type. Basically they flipped parties because they could not get what they wanted from the Dems., literally means "new-conservative"
You are not alone, most conservatives don't even realize that their party has been hijacked.Source(s): Here's more info about it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neoconservative
- JessicaRabbitLv 61 decade ago
Ignorant name calling! They have no legitimate argument so they stoop to using a derogatory label.
Those that say it means the "new Conservatives" are wrong since they are actually referring to "Nazi-Conservatives" as the "new Conservatives." I am not a Nazi!
It's the same thing as when pro-illegals call the anti-illegals racist. There is no argument so they pull out the race card, even though illegal immigration has nothing to do with race.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Guess to make them sound more "EVIL" but no one really has a definition, just that they are hated. "Conservative" means to support the U.S. Constitution and the moral foundations on which the country was founded. The opponents would rather side with certain religous fanatics/enemies of the USA & Western Civilization, yet claim somehow to be enlightened and superior for their treachery that will help enslave or slaughter mankind.Source(s): That's just the facts, not bashing. Research who is allied with who.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Not all conservatives are neocons. Unfortunately this new breed of conservative is who controls the conservative side right now and so it is they who are most vocal and they who are rightfully attacked.
- 1 decade ago
I have seen many claim that they are neocons and I don't know why they do it. I'm sure they are not referring to themselves in the original definition of the term.