Principalities & Powers

What Neocons Do on Their Summer Vacations

It is not today exactly a secret of state that neoconservatism has become the dominant expression of what passes for the American “right”—and that its victory is also the reason why it is necessary for more serious conservatives to use the qualifying phrase “what passes for” when referring to the American right and to place the word “right” itself in quotation marks.  Much like the proverbial rat race, the controversy between “paleoconservatives” and “neoconservatives” is over, and the rats have won.  The best proof is that the major media, when they describe a neoconservative, generally call him a “conservative,” plain and simple, as though he alone were representative of the type.  The fact remains that most Americans who call themselves “conservative” almost certainly continue to mean by the term more or less the same thing that paleoconservatives mean, but what “most” of any group think, believe, say, or do usually has little connection with what the minority that defines and directs the group does or how it does it.  In political and ideological movements, as in bridge clubs and transnational empires, oligarchies prevail.

Like any other gang of conquerors, the neoconservatives, having taken over and redefined the American right, need to decide what to do with the bottomless pits of wealth and power their victory...

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