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NeoConservatism: Why We Need It [Hardcover]

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Pages   247
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.26 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 25, 2006
Publisher   Encounter Books
ISBN  1594031479  
EAN  9781594031472  


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Neoconservatism: Why We Need It is a defense of the most controversial political philosophy of our era. Douglas Murray takes a fresh look at the movement that replaced Great-Society liberalism, helped Ronald Reagan bring down the Wall, and provided the intellectual rationale for the Bush administration's War on Terror. While others are blaming it for foreign policy failures and, more extremely, attacking it as a "Jewish cabal," Murray argues that the West needs Neoconservatism more than ever. In addition to explaining what Neoconservatism is and where it came from, he argues that this American-born response to the failed policies of the 1960s is the best approach to foreign affairs not only for the United States but also for Britain and the West as well.

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Neo Conservatism: Why We Need It is a defense of the most controversial political philosophy of our era. Douglas Murray takes a fresh look at the movement that replaced Great-Society liberalism, helped Ronald Reagan bring down the Wall, and provided the intellectual rationale for the Bush administration's War on Terror. While others are blaming it for foreign policy failures and, more extremely, attacking it as a Jewish cabal, Murray argues that the West needs Neo-conservatism more than ever. In addition to explaining what Neo conservatism is and where it came from, he argues that this American-born response to the failed policies of the 1960s is the best approach to foreign affairs not only for the United States but also for Britain and the West as well.


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Neoconservatism: Why We Don't Need It  May 23, 2008
Douglas Murray begins by stating that neoconservatisms way of looking at the world is based on intolerant fundamentalism because much modern thought is tolerant of open discussions and opinions.

Murray then gets into the topic of moral relativism. Allan Bloom's reaction from his Closing the American Mind, brought an attack on those who failed to polarize their ideas, claiming liberals fail to see what is evil. I disagree. Equality does not have to exist in all things to oppose absolutism, intolerance and neoconservative manipulations.

Murray cites one major incident that brought neoconservative ideas into the political forefront, namely the United Nations resolution that in 1975 it equated Zionism with racism.

Murray feels the UN had supplied evidence that having a world government is dangerous, while the neocons support unilateral absolute executive powers. It is obvious to me that the later is far more closer to despotism. The claim that the West could not tell the truth from lies I find as the denial of democracy in favor of closed ended decisions (tyranny).

Murray quotes Robert Kagan, who says that Americans did not change on 9/11 but became more itself; I disagree, rather it brought out the fear tactics and a police state with a Patriot Act, a Military Commisions Act and attack on civil liberties now with a premptive war footing equal to Nazi Germany.

Some opponents of neoconservatives are antisemic, claiming a Jewish conspiracy, but the majority are not this way, but are critical of despotic rule and intolerant military actions.

The author seems to be devaluing truth into an absolute of polarized manachean theology. It is a sad frame of mind, the mindset of the neocons, where everyone and anyone who dares to disagree commits treason.

Peace activists have strongly criticized the war on Iraq. Murray asks where are their counterproposals. They are there, but Murray can not see it because they lack the fundamental and polarized mind of good verses evil. The neocons can only see black and white, zero tolerance, not the gray areas, like lying about WMDs and the lack of evidence of Irag and Al-Queda connections and facts where only the blind, ignorant and bullies can not see.

Enought with this review. Screw the neocons! I love democracy!
 
Please!  Dec 15, 2007
Next up from the intrepid neocon movement: Why neo-fascism and neo-imperialism is actually a good thing!

The neocons have proven to be a morally corrupt lot as they led America and the world in to a war based on manipulated intelligence and lies. We've also seen a systematic destitution of civil liberties and rights at home with more war abroad. These are the same cabal of evil men that have made it acceptable for Americans to discuss if its okay to torture people. I'd just love to see one of these neocon apologists to demonstrate that waterboarding isn't as "bad" as all the rest of the old-school conservatives and liberals make it out to be. The war has proven these hucksters were crooks, Murry can't change that fact no matter how hard he tries.

Remember kiddies, war is peace, ignorance is strength and Big Brother means security and freedom.
 
Excellent analysis of neoconservatism  Jun 4, 2007
I'm not a neoconservative, but Murray almost converted me with this book. This is a terrific read. Murray explains what neoconservatism actually is, not what many misinformed people think it is. He takes on anti-Semites like Pat Buchanan and shows that they are lying about the neoconservatives' motives, showing their own bigotry in the process. Murray clearly shows that neocons are not primarily motivated by love of Israel, but by a desire for morality in foreign policy and love of democracy.

My only quibble with Murray is his suggestion that we cut taxes when we need revenue for the war against Islamist fanaticism. Notwithstanding that, I highly recommend Neoconservatism: Why we need it.
 
Neoconservatism review.  Jan 4, 2007
I found this an excellent book and I gained a lot of information and opinions.
 
Neo-Con ideology explained   Oct 18, 2006
The term 'Neo-Conservative' is now a term of reprobation in most American political discourse. The 'neo-cons' are taken to be responsible for the highly problematic war in Iraq. Legitimate fair critics of the Neo- Cons are unfortunately outshouted by radical left, often Anti- Semitic critics of the neo- Cons who ridicuously accuse Bush, Rumsfeld, and Cheney of being servants of Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, and Douglas Feith.
Murray's book comes not specifically as a defense of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq but rather as an effort to outline the basic Neo- Con position, and to argue that it is the right one for the people of the West to take. He devotes his first chapter to an outline of the thought of the principal theoretician of Neo-Con thought Leo Strauss. The bulk of the book is devoted to outlining Neo- Con thought in international and domestic areas.
Peter Berkowitz in his highly favorable review of this book in the 'Weekly Standard' writes of it as follows:

"In contrast to traditional conservatives, neoconservatives are more comfortable with capitalism, always accepted the moral and political necessity of the welfare state, and consistently sought a prominent role for America in creating a stable and just international order.
In contrast to progressives, neoconservatives are more concerned about the costs of modernity's disruptive ways to the family and traditional morality, strongly doubt the ability of the federal government to improve America through higher taxes and more aggressive social policies, and are skeptical of the integrity and efficacy of the United Nations, while maintaining confidence in the ability of the American armed forces, when diplomacy is exhausted, to advance American interests and ideals."

Berkowitz goes on to to say that Murray shows how Neo- Conservatism is a new kind of Conservative thought aimed at and placing greater emphasis on America's leading role in the world.

However difficult the situation may be in Iraq, and it certainly seems like a no- win situation now , even to many who supported the original incursion Murray's thesis is that the Neo-Conservative ideology is the one which will best serve the U.S. and the world in the years ahead.

My reservation would be - With less arrogance, with less certainty, with more caution, with more consideration of what other peoples and other worlds are about - and with greater understanding that one can wholly hope to improve the world and not to dramatically transform it overnight.
 

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