I wrote this 2½ years ago:

I only knew [what a “neoconservative” was] because my highschool girlfriend explained it to me. Her mother, who was such a creature, worked for Norman Podhoretz, one of the founders of that now famous movement. (Which label too many leftists use as if it were synonymous with “conservative” or “right-wing”. Morons.) In fact, I interviewed my mother as a typical so-called liberal and my girlfriend’s mother as a typical so-called conservative (when they were actually a social democrat, and a neocon, respectively) for a high school history project on the different perspectives of different political persuasions. The topic was the Cuban Missile Crisis. One thing I remember from the neocon mom was that she rejected the “Old Right” (which I’d never heard of) and considered herself a JFK Democrat, a trade-unionist, etc., but the establishment Left had moved away from what she saw as the correct positions on the Cold War and culture.

Today on Mises.org, David Gordon reviewstrashes Podhoretz’s latest book, World War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism.

(You can, of course, read all about this “shift” on the Right from individualist, antiwar, anti-Establishment to collectivist, nationalist, traditionalist in Murray Rothbard’s The Betrayal of the American Right.)


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