Neocon Says Word Neoconservative Is Outdated Now; Tom Woods and Paul Gottfried Remain Unmoved

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Neoconservative commentator Jonah Goldberg says we shouldn’t use the term “neoconservative” anymore. Paul Gottfried and I are having none of it, and we spend this episode explaining the origins and ideas of the neocons, and how they came to eclipse everyone else on the right.

About the Guest

Paul Gottfried is professor emeritus of humanities at Elizabethtown College and a Guggenheim recipient.

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Articles Discussed

The Term ‘Neocon’ Has Run Its Course,” by Jonah Goldberg
Enough With the Nutty Denials,” by Paul Gottfried

Guest’s Website


Selected Books by the Guest

Multiculturalism and the Politics of Guilt: Toward a Secular Theocracy
Conservatism in America: Making Sense of the American Right
The Strange Death of Marxism: The European Left in the New Millennium
After Liberalism: Mass Democracy in the Managerial State
Leo Strauss and the Conservative Movement in America

Related Episodes

Ep. 490 The Neoconservatives: Jacobins, Not Conservatives (Claes Ryn)
Ep. 262 What Do Left and Right Mean? (Daniel McCarthy)
Ep. 14 The Neocons: Who They Are (Daniel McCarthy)

Previous Appearances

Ep. 496 Wilsonianism: The Legacy That Won’t Die
Ep. 386 What Fascism Is, and Why It Isn’t Just a Name for Everything People May Oppose
Ep. 87 World War I: Sleepwalk to Suicide

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