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According to this article, it’s most remarkable revelation was this: Viewed in this way, one can say that the historical task and political purpose of neo-conservatism would seem to be this: to convert the Republican party, and American conservatism in general, against their respective wills, into a new kind of conservative politics suitable to governing a modern democracy. Kristal admitted that the neoconservatives have been changing conservatism from within, changing it into something more "modern," i.e., into something more liberal, secular, statist, egalitarian, multiculturalists, and internationalist. The neo-conservatism’s' real interest is in spreading an ideology, not in preserving and enhancing our historic political, social, and moral order; that neo- conservatism went into something of a slump after the demise of the U.S.S.R. because the U.S. had lost its ideological rival and main reason for international crusading; and that the September 11th attack, by forcing America back into the international arena in a more
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Unformatted text preview: active and expansive role than ever, is the fulfillment of the neo-conservatisms' deepest needs, particularly their need for power. They're indifferent to the undoing of America's constitutional and moral order, because what really moves them is the prospect of conducting ideological crusades abroad, even as America as a concrete society is being torn apart from within. The neo-conservatisms campaign to export Americas ideology to the world is thereby revealed as a fraud. Their motive in promoting a global American crusade is not to expand America's democratic ideology, since that is now officially defunct, but simply to expand America's power, along with their own power as the chief theorists and architects of this adventure. Indeed, now that theyve given up even the pretense of the noble beliefs that they have loudly professed for the last several decades....
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This note was uploaded on 03/11/2012 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Leland during the Spring '12 term at Salem Intl..

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