Term of Endearment, Term of Abuse

This commentary by Sol Schindler discusses what the word ‘neoconservative’—which has been lobbed around a lot lately as some kind of dire insult—really means (in the context of talking about a collection of neocon essays).

“A few general themes emerge from this collection: a healthy confidence in America; a skepticism toward overreaching liberal programs (e.g., welfare); a concern for policing and neighborhood safety (e.g., the importance of punishing even minor infractions to avoid the “broken windows” effect); and a concentration on economic growth.”


I suggest you give the article (if not the book) a read before you use ‘neocon’ as an insult . . . although I’d prefer people just stop insulting one another only because they have political disagreements.

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