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Confronting the New Conservatism: The Rise of the Right in by Michael J. Thompson

By Michael J. Thompson

William Kristol, Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleeza Rice, George F. Will, and Dick Cheney. those are present day neoconservatives--confident, simple, and a political strength to be reckoned with. yet how may still we outline this new conservatism? what's new approximately it? during this quantity, a few of state-of-the-art most sensible political students tackle the cost of explaining, defining, and confronting the hot conservatism of the final twenty-five years. The authors research the guidelines, regulations and roots of this ideological stream displaying that modern neoconservatism has been in a position to combination a few of the facets of social conservatism--such as spiritual populism and nationalism--with monetary liberalism and the rhetoric of equality of chance and individualism. With their emphasis on dismantling the welfare kingdom and a rhetorical go back to fiscal laissez faire and person rights, neoconservatives were in a position to harness populist sentiment by way of either economics and cultural concerns. And with their trust in ethical and cultural ''simplicity,'' their shy away from technology, their conviction in American superiority at the international level, and their embody of ''anti-government'' rhetoric, they've got successfully replaced the character of the yank political landscape.

The participants to Confronting the recent Conservatism provide a trenchant research and major critique of the neoconservative ethos, arguing that it really is an ideology that should be greater understood if switch is to be had.

Contributors: Stanley Aronowitz, Chip Berlet, Stephen Eric Bronner, Lawrence Davidson, Greg Grandin, Philip eco-friendly, Diana M. Judd, Thomas M. Keck, Charles Noble, R. Claire Snyder, Michael J. Thompson, and Nicholas Xenos.

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As for power and authority, though there is still a long way to go and the glass ceiling remains where it counts the most, more and more they are subjects of competitive struggle, especially at the middle levels and especially where gender is concerned. More and more, that is, the sense of entitlement men carry around with them is separated from actual entitlements. And more crucially for the conduct of the culture wars, in working-class or semiprofessional occupations in which male bastions built around masculine camaraderie and often actual physical strength have been invaded (the military and police and fire departments, for example), sexual harassment has become a concept and even a legal doctrine, and ressentiment has grown in consequence.

John Dewey, “The Future of Liberalism,” in New Deal Thought, ed. Howard Zinn, pp. 28–35 (Cambridge, MA: Hackett, 2003), 30. For a more in-depth discussion of Dewey’s transformation of liberalism, see David Fott, John Dewey: America’s Philosopher of Democracy (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 1998), 29– 62; John Lugton Stafford, Pragmatism and the Progressive Movement in the United States: The Origin of the New Social Sciences (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1987), 175–196; William Caspary, Dewey on Democracy (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2000), 140–173; James Gouinlock, Excellence in Public Discourse: John Stuart Mill, John Dewey, and Social Intelligence (New York: Teachers College Press, 1986), 25–42; Robert Westbrook, John Dewey and American Democracy (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1991), 275–376.

Social atomization, a subsequent decline in secular associational life, and the erosion of political consciousness all have their place in the new provincialism. ” Moreover, the new provincialism is a mindset fused in many ways to the interpenetration of contemporary economic life and residential space. The erosion of public space and the detached separateness of suburban life undermines the possibility of alternative activities outside the family and work. Sennett’s idea of a “new puritanism” where private life, the family, privacy, and intimacy become the focus of modern life is insufficient as an explanation of what actually happens in suburban life.

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