Confronting the New Conservatism: The Rise of the Right in Americaby Michael Thompson, Edward Grier
Pub. Date: 05/01/2007
Publisher: New York University Press
William Kristol, Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleeza Rice, George F. Will, and Dick Cheney. These are today’s neoconservatives“confident, clear-cut, and a political force to be reckoned with. But how should we define this new conservatism? What is new about it? In this volume, some of today's top political scholars take on the charge of
William Kristol, Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleeza Rice, George F. Will, and Dick Cheney. These are today’s neoconservatives“confident, clear-cut, and a political force to be reckoned with. But how should we define this new conservatism? What is new about it? In this volume, some of today's top political scholars take on the charge of explaining, defining, and confronting the new conservatism of the last twenty-five years. The authors examine the ideas, policies and roots of this ideological movement showing that contemporary neoconservatism has been able to blend many of the aspects of social conservatism—such as religious populism and nationalism—with economic liberalism and the rhetoric of equality of opportunity and individualism. With their emphasis on dismantling the welfare state and a rhetorical return to economic laissez faire and individual rights, neoconservatives have been able to harness populist sentiment in terms of both economics and cultural issues. And with their belief in moral and cultural “simplicity,” their turn away from science, their conviction in American superiority on the global stage, and their embrace of “anti-government” rhetoric, they have effectively changed the nature of the American political landscape.
The contributors to Confronting the New Conservatism offer a trenchant analysis and substantive critique of the neoconservative ethos, arguing that it is an ideology that needs to be better understood if change is to be had.
Contributors: Stanley Aronowitz, Chip Berlet, Stephen Eric Bronner, Lawrence Davidson, Greg Grandin, Philip Green, Diana M. Judd, Thomas M. Keck, Charles Noble, R. Claire Snyder, Michael J. Thompson, and Nicholas Xenos.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Confronting the New Conservatism
Michael J. Thompson
Part I What Is the New Conservatism?
1 America’s Conservative Landscape: The New Conservatism and the Reorientation of American Democracy
Michael J. Thompson
2 Cultural Rage and the Right-Wing Intellectuals
3 Considerations on the Origins of Neoconservatism: Looking Backward
4 The New Political Right in the United States: Reaction, Rollback, and Resentment
Part II The New Conservatism at Home
5 From Neoconservative to New Right: American Conservatives and the Welfare State
6 Tearing Down the Wall: Conservative Use and Abuse of Religion in Politics
Diana M. Judd
7 Paradox or Contradiction: The Marriage Mythos in Neoconservative Ideology
R. Claire Snyder
8 The Neoconservative Assault on the Courts: How Worried Should We Be?
Thomas M. Keck
Part III The Global Reach of the New Conservative Ideology
9 The Imperial Presidency: The Legacy of Reagan’s Central America Policy
10 The Neocon Con Game: Nihilism Revisited
11 One-Dimensional Men: Neoconservatives, Their Allies and Models
12 Resisting the Right: Challenging the Neoconservative Agenda
Stephen Eric Bronner
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