Hoisted from Francis Fukuyama's Archives from 2006: He Needs to Take a Much More Jaundiced View of Neoconservatism
After Neoconservatism: "How did the neoconservatives end up overreaching to such an extent that they risk undermining their own goals?...(2006):
He gets himself tangled up in knots because he bends over not just backward but completely upside down to provide a sympathetic view of the Neoconservatist impulse.
I have always had a much more jaundiced view:
The rational kernel is, roughly: totalitarianism is worst, authoritarianism is bad, social democracy is good, and government failure is a very important problem.
But on top of this, Neoconservatism overlaid its mystical shell. It was:
- We don't like Negroes.
- We don't like Commies.
- We think we can change the world through Trotskyist political conspiracy.
And on top of this the Neoconservatives later added:
- We don't like Arabs.
Understand that overlaid mystical shell, and you will understand a great deal--including Nathan Glazer's and Daniel Patrick Moynihan's abandonment of the movement in disgust.