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Why neoconservatism still matters


Sam Roggeveen


3 May 2010 08:46

While America's neoconservatives do not trust their own federal government to build a system of socialised medicine or tax carbon emissions, they have a seemingly boundless faith in that same government's ability to conquer and then rebuild two foreign countries they know very little about. For the modern neoconservative, the mantra of small government stops at the water's edge.

But it wasn't always this way; neoconservatism has undergone some radical changes over the years, and remains a powerful force in Washington. I discussed all this with the Brookings Institution's Justin Vaïsse, author of a new book called Neoconservatism: The Biography of a Movement, and of an original new Lowy Institute Perspectives paper called Why Neoconservatism Still Matters.