Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea

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An obituary—so soon! Surely the reports of neoconservatism’s death are greatly exaggerated. C. Bradley Thompson has written (with Yaron Brook) the most comprehensive and original analysis of neoconservatism yet published and in the process has dealt it a mortal blow.

Neoconservatism reveals publicly for the first time what the neocons call their “philosophy of governance”—their plan for governing America. This book explicates the deepest philosophic principles of ...

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Overview

An obituary—so soon! Surely the reports of neoconservatism’s death are greatly exaggerated. C. Bradley Thompson has written (with Yaron Brook) the most comprehensive and original analysis of neoconservatism yet published and in the process has dealt it a mortal blow.

Neoconservatism reveals publicly for the first time what the neocons call their “philosophy of governance”—their plan for governing America. This book explicates the deepest philosophic principles of neoconservatism, traces the intellectual relationship between the political philosopher Leo Strauss and contemporary neoconservative political actors, and provides a trenchant critique of neoconservatism from the perspective of America’s founding principles.

The theme of this timely book--neoconservatism as a species of anti-Americanism--will shake up the intellectual salons of both the Left and Right. What makes this book so compelling is that Thompson actually lived for many years in the Straussian/neoconservative intellectual world. Neoconservatism therefore fits into the "breaking ranks" tradition of scholarly criticism and breaks the mold when it comes to informed, incisive, nonpartisan critique of neoconservative thought and action.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594518317
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

C. Bradley Thompson is the BB&T Research Professor in the Department of Political Science at Clemson University and the Executive Director of the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism. He is the author of the award-winning John Adams and the Spirit of Liberty. He is also the editor of The Revolutionary Writings of John Adams and Antislavery Political Writings, 1833-1860: A Reader.

Yaron Brook is executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute. He appears regularly on national TV and radio to discuss business, economic, and foreign policy issues. He has written and spoken extensively on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and on the role of neoconservatives in formulating that policy.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction The Neoconservative Persuasion

PART I: Neoconservatism and American Politics
Chapter 1
The Path to Power
Chapter 2 A New Governing Philosophy

PART II: Leo Strauss and the Crisis of Modernity
Chapter 3
The Straussian Moment
Chapter 4 The Road to Nihilism

PART III: Leo Strauss and the Return to Plato
Chapter 5
The Long Trek Back to Plato
Chapter 6 Classical Natural Right

PART IV: Neoconservatism’s New World Order
Chapter 7
The World According to the Neocons
Chapter 8 Benevolent Hegemony

PART V: Soft Despotism
Chapter 9
The Fascist Temptation
Chapter 10 National-Greatness Conservatism

Conclusion Neoconservatism and the American Grain

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