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.”

OH, THOSE HORRIBLE NEOCONS!

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.

Scott Bradford has been building web sites and using them to say what he thinks since 1995, which tended to get him in trouble with power-tripping assistant principals at the time. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from George Mason University, but has spent most of his career (so far) working on public- and private-sector web sites. He is not a member of any political party, and brands himself an ‘independent constitutional conservative.’ In addition to holding down a day job and blogging about challenging subjects like politics, religion, and technology, Scott is also a devout Catholic, gun-owner, bike rider, and music lover with a wife, two cats, and a dog.