posted on Jul, 20 2006 @ 09:07 PM
There are a few definitions of the term.
Originally, the neoconservatives were leftist "liberals" (as they say) that were fed up with inaction on the left, and wanted the US to be pushing
for democracy, human rights, "liberalism" across the planet, ie, be activist in global affairs. They moved over certain segements of the right,
because they were more 'active' in terms of using military power (likesay to oppose communism, etc). Hence they were the 'new' conservatives.
THe other way its used is to talk about people who are on the right, and are interventionist. Usually, conservatives are isolationists, peopel like
Pat Buchanon, for example. They don't want to get invovled in world affairs, or interventionist wars, like WWI or WWII, etc. Some of the far right
conservatives, however, became interventionists, this they are, in this light, a new type of 'conservative'.
Normally when you hear it, its used as a slur, like the way that 'liberal' is used to slur progressive leftists, and means 'any fascist pig that