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Originally posted by Partygirl
Was thinking about the ideological label "neocon"...you barely ever hear anyone say they are a "neocon" these days, it seems to be an utterly discredited political philosophy.
Most conservatives on ATS are either libertarian or Tea Party...I don't think I've ever heard a poster say "I am a proud neoconservative and here's why." And yet of course a number of people defend neocon principles on this board, from USA-first/hawklike rhetoric to ideas about Israel and the Middle East. So these ideas are still very much alive...in fact, I would say Obama himself is simply continuing neocon foreign policy!
But is "neocon" as a label dead, or does anyone still embrace it?
Neoconservatism in the United States is a branch of American conservatism that is most known for its advocacy of using American economic and military power to topple American enemies and promote liberal democracy in other countries.
The movement emerged during the early 1970s among Democrats who disagreed with the party's growing opposition to the Vietnam War and had become skeptical of the Great Society's welfare programs.
Although neoconservatives generally endorse free-market economics, they often believe cultural and moral issues to be more significant, and so have tended to be less thoroughgoing in opposition to government intervention in society than more traditionally conservative and libertarian members of the Republican Party.
Most neoconservatives support the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Originally posted by watchitburn
reply to post by Drunkenparrot
Wiki is no ones friend. Though it has gotten better over the past few years.
It is still not a reliable source of information.
Originally posted by Aim64C
Anyway - to answer the question - I would have to say, given the definition of Neoconservatives (war-supporters coming from the democrat party), that it is 'dead.' Unless you consider democrats in support of today's war in Iraq/Afghanistan to fit the title.... in which case - they would be the Neoconservatives.