Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea

Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea

by C. Bradley Thompson, Yaron Brook


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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: 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: 9781594518317
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/28/2010
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About 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.

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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