From Partisan Review to Fox News: Neoconservatives as Defenders of Intellectual Standards
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This chapter will explore the relations, direct and indirect, between the movement of intellectual neoconservatism since the late 1960s and the conservative attack apparatus, mainly guided by the Republican Party, surveyed in my previous two chapters. The bottom-line conclusion is that by the twenty-first century, the two had merged indistinguishably—and proudly—as epitomized by Podhoretz’s enthusiasm for Sarah Palin in 2010. My main point in defense of leftists in academia and media is, once again, that condemnations of their political correctness need to be evaluated in the perspective of the coordinated, unrelenting, and often unscrupulous attack campaign against them by elements on the right, in this chapter the intellectual-journalistic right and in the next, the scholarly right. This campaign has distorted accurate proportions through a double standard in those who obsess over sins on the left while suppressing comparable sins on their own side or who even praise the same kind of attitudes and behavior on their side that they denounce on the other.
KeywordsWall Street Journal Double Standard Republican Party Social Policy Journal American Conservative
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