Жив ли неоконсерватизм?

Неоконсерватизм был символом объединения для тех членов администрации Буша, кто поддерживал агрессивную внешнюю политику, большие траты на военные цели, пренебрежение международными законами и институтами, посягательство на государство всеобщего благоденствия и возврат к «традиционным ценностям». Таким образом, закончилось ли развитие неоконсерватизма вместе с угасанием эры Буша, которое ознаменовалось стремительным падением популярности и большим количеством отказов от должности?

Неоконсерватизм изначально перенял различные положения от традиционных форм консерватизма. Поскольку реформы могут стать частью «нашего» наследия, традиционные консерваторы могут приспособиться к переменам, даже поставить себе в заслугу создание связи между прошлым и будущим. В отличие от них, сторонники неоконсерватизма не обеспокоены тем, что Эдмунд Берк называл узами, которые связывают «мертвых, живых и еще нерожденных». Они скорее являются революционерами или даже «контр-революционерами», которые намереваются переделать США и весь мир.

В действительности, в некотором смысле, Ирвинг Кристол, Норман Подгорец и другие государственные деятели-неоконсерваторы постарше находятся под влиянием коммунистических догм, которым они противостояли в молодости, как приверженцы Троцкого. Цель их «партии», или ее призыв не нуждаются в сложном толковании: они основываются на защите «американских ценностей», в то время как критики только предлагают «объективное оправдание» «врагам свободы».

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