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How did these despicable opportunists appropriate the term 'conservative' when they don't seem to have any concrete core values or morality in their associations and actions? Death and Corruption don't automatically come to mind when someone says either liberal OR conservative to me...
Irving Kristol, is actually the guy who coined the term Neoconservative, it was a term applied to Irving Kristol by a critic, so someone was criticizing Kristol for essentially being one of these new conservatives, who used to be a liberal activist, who really quickly converted to conservatism, because in Kristol’s own words he was “mugged by reality.” Neoconservative was originally a label to describe people who were once liberal who, based on some kind of real life experience, or some external experience, 9/11 is a good example of that- people who were liberal before 9/11 and 9/11 woke them up to being a conservative, that would be a literal translation of the term Neoconservative. Irving Kristol was originally a liberal, and he was a self-labeled what they call a Trotskyite, which was sort of the two different opposing views in Soviet Russia and there were two opposing factions: the Trotskyites and the Stalinists, so Trotskyites were people in Soviet Russia who believed they were carrying on a more true vision of Marxism. So you can actually in some way trace back the grandfather of Neoconservatism Irving Kristol to a part of the Soviet Union that if it actually would have taken over instead of Stalinism, might have been a much more interesting, less horrible place in retrospect. If the Trotsky ideals actually were what gained ground there and Russia was more intellectual, and it wasn’t as closed off a society to the rest of the world.
So, and I’m not giving him any credit, I’m just saying that that’s where his influence comes from. His ideology that he helped start was in folded leftist policies, such as lack of objection in welfare programs, international “revolution” through nation-building and militarily imposed democracy, Fabian socialism, Keynesianism, coupled with socially conservative viewpoints. And the most interesting part of that I thought was that the international revolution aspect of nation-building is almost a form of liberal activism, in a domestic sense. It’s almost like he’s using a lot of the same liberal activism + ideology to put us on this geopolitical stage. Through international revolution, knock down these other countries which are stifling democracy. That’s where the premise is linked to liberalism. And that’s what we’ve talked about for so long on Media Roots, this idea of how they get people sucked into a lot of these wars now by saying things like the Afghanistan war, part of the reason it’s “valid” is because they have such horrible rights for women and freedom of speech is illegal and all that kind of stuff. So it ties into that. And you can even trace Neoconservatism back even further, but it wasn’t labeled that back then. This guy Leo Strauss was a professor, very influential intellectual, who was the main guy who influenced Irving Kristol, into what is his modern political philosophy of Neoconservatism and really at the core of what Leo Strauss did is he was sort of mashing up two different forms of academic thought, modern political science, but transposing over it the philosophical writings of Plato, Aristotle, and other philosophers like Machiavelli, on to modern 20th century politics. When you try to do that, you start seeing things in this different context obviously, and I think that’s what enabled a lot of Irving Kristol’s ideas to flourish, they were inside of this tiny, almost metaphysical box that was an abstraction from reality. The philosopher that seemed to have the most influence on the modern Neoconservatives is Machiavelli
has what you've discovered about the neoconservatives' doings in the past given you any sense of anything in particular we may see happening in the future?
Mr. Martin, I'm a filmmaker as well and would like to know how you go about getting funding to make your documentaries.
And how do you go about marketing your films. I have two socially relevant films in the can but can't seem to find a proper platform for distribution; even won a few awards at festivals.
Were the anthrax attacks just diversion tactic away from 9/11.
And spill the beans sir of whatever you know about controversial topics such as jfk, Rosewell etc.
A while back I read about how the Anthrax shots from Desert Storm burned ones nerves a tad I am also curious about Mycoplasmic issues that the VA doesn't seem to look for ,do you know anything?
Funny enough, the US sold anthrax to Iraq back then.
US supplied anthrax to Iraq
Do you think that the Bush admin tried to pin this "WMD" on Iraq because of that?
Classic start of blaming Iraq on 9/11 no ?
1. Do you think that Russia Today is any less of propaganda than our American MSM sources like CNN,Foxnews,MSNBC?
2. Do you believe that Russia is any less corrupt than America?
3. Do you believe in, support , favor , or associate with one of the two primary parties over the other like the DNC over the GOP or vice versa?
4. What do you think is the number one issue in this country?
Pulling back our military presence around the world