NEOCONSERVATISM: An Obituary for an Idea

NEOCONSERVATISM: An Obituary for an Idea

by C. Bradley Thompson

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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: An Obituary for an Idea 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781317255628
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/17/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 3 MB

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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