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February 21, 2006


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Thanks for all of the thoughtful comments on fiscal policy, Paul. As the former Mayor of Madison and an adjunct professor at the LaFollette School of Public Policy, you clearly know this stuff front and back.

I only have one small, semantic objection, and that is your use of the term 'Neocon'. As you may or may not know, the term Neoconservative was coined by the great American socialist, Michael Harrington, to refer to former comrades who turned sharply right, people like Irving Kristol, Max Shachtman, and Jeanne Kirkpatrick. It was also a term that was largely connoted with views on foreign, rather than domestic, policy. The term has obviously broadened since then to include former members of the Bush administration like Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith, David Frum, etc. But if it is to retain any meaning it should be used sparingly to refer to those who believe in the transformative powers of the U.S. military abroad and retain a kind of ambivalence about domestic issues.


Gunner: I too am troubled by my use (and that of others) of the word Neocon in this context. I have yet to figure out what term to use for this new generation of conservatives who are not true Neocons as you rightly describe and yet are not traditional conservatives in the Goldwater-Reagan sense. These prodigies, these imitators and followers of the true Neocons cannot be called conservatives either. Maybe neo-neocons?

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