Saturday, October 11, 2003

Neocon Men

For readers interested in the history of the neoconservative movement in America this piece by Brian Giles may fill in some blanks.

"The term ‘neoconservative’ makes less and less sense the more it is explored. Conservatism is based on preserving the status quo and opposing progressive changes, but the neocons were radicals at heart, defying the very meaning of 'conservative.'"

Surprisingly, in the 1960s, Richmond’s own much-admired Supreme Court Justice, the late Lewis F. Powell, Jr., played a role in the story, according to Giles:

“Powell was, in effect, arguing for the corporate takeover of government as well as the social infrastructure and channels of communication. Although the Chamber of Commerce dismissed his manifesto as being too ambitious and costly, Powell's words carried a loud echo and were soon the catalyst for a resurgence of business interests in political life.”

Read the story on the Weekly Dig: The Best Little Paper in Boston.

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