by Sam Bluefarb (January 2014)
By Way of Introduction
The following essay was written some time early in the first term of the George W. Bush administration (2001-2009) when, because of their disproportionate influence on that administration, neo-conservatives (or neo-cons) were the unremitting targets of liberal / progressive critics. Lost in that swirling controversy was the profound historical fact that, long before neo-conservatives evolved into a so-called “movement,” most were leftists, made up of ex-Stalinists, a mixed bag of affiliated and unaffiliated socialists, social democrats, and ex-Trotzkyists who, in their new role, became the most active nucleus of the “neo-con cabal,” closely identified with their seminal periodical, Partisan Review (1937-2003). more>>>
'Interesting article. Re. Pat Buchanan/Ron Paul etc., it is interesting to see the extent to which the further-right and the left (extremist and often mainstream), cozy up on issues like foreign policy. The enemy of both seems to be mainstream conservativism and neoconservativism. It is almost like a "popular front" in operation on some websites and forums.