A neo-conservative (abbreviated as neo-con or neocon) is part of a U.S. based political movement rooted in liberal Cold War anticommunism and a backlash to the social liberation movements of the 1960s and 1970s. These liberals drifted toward conservatism: thus they are new (neo) conservatives. They favor an aggressive unilateral U.S. foreign policy. They generally believe that elites protect democracy from mob rule. Sometimes the spelling is "neoconservative."
Origins of the neo-conservative movement
- Neoconservatives, including many Jewish and Catholic intellectuals rooted in Cold War liberalism, clustered around publications such as Public Interest and Commentary and organizations such as the Committee on the Present Danger. They emphasized foreign policy, where they advocated aggressive anticommunism, U.S. global dominance, and international alliances. Although they attacked feminism, gay rights, and multiculturalism, "neocons" often placed less emphasis on social policy issues, and many of them opposed school prayer or a ban on abortion. In addition, many neocons supported limited social welfare programs and nonrestrictive immigration policies." 
Neoconservative forums and advocates
The neoconservatives and the Bush administrations
Criticisms of neoconservatives from within the conservative movement
Neocon influence in the US media
- The Weekly Standard
- Most of National Review
- Half The New Republic
- City Journal
- The New Criterion
- The Washington Times
- The New York Post
- The New York Sun
- The editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal
- 60 or so percent of the Washington Post op-ed page
- A twice-a-week appearance on the New York Times op-ed page
- All of Fox News
- Much of MSNBC
- A bit of CNN
- More and more of PBS
- The American Enterprise Institute
- The Heritage Foundation
- The Hoover Institution
- The Project for the New American Century
- The US National Security Council
- The Department of Defense
- Parts of the World Bank and the United Nations Ambassador's office
- A healthy chunk of the State Department
- The Vice-President's office 2000-2008
- And an unknown percentage of what is politely referred to as “the president's mind” GWB
- Western Standard
- The National Post
- American Enterprise Institute
- Center for Security Policy
- Heritage Foundation
- National Security Advisory Council
- National Institute for Public Policy
- Policy Review
- Project for the New American Century
- Quiz: Are you a neoconservative? Christian Science Monitor
- Right Wing Cabal
- Think tanks
- Henry Jackson Society -- British neocon think tank
- war on terror manual for victory
- www.neoconservatism Web Site
Integral External Links
- Schema-root.org: 5 topics about Neo-conservatives, each with a current news feed
- Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), "Neo-Conned!," speech in the U.S. House of Representatives, July 10, 2003. This is perhaps the most comprehensive document to date describing the history, ideals and goals of the neoconservatives and their movement - a long read, but very informative. It must be noted that Ron Paul is a radical isolationist and believes that US should withdraw from the UN.
- Christian Science Monitor Special Report, Empire Builders.
- Middle Eastern Reconciliation Forum, Nima Shirali, Republikud: Complementary Politics of the Conservative U.S and Israeli States, February 2003.
- Conservatives oppose Bush.
- The American Conservative. Paleo-conservative magazine founded by Pat Buchanan and others to oppose neoconservatism.
- Neo-Conned.Net is an informal website highlighting who the neocons are and their undue influence.
- Norman Podhoretz, The Neo-Conservatives", IPA Review, Institute of Public Affairs, Volume 36, No 1., January-March 1982, pp 21-26. (This is extracts from a talk given by Podhoretz at an Institute of Public Affairs event in Melbourne).
- "The Neocons", You Tube, July 5th, 2007. (1 minute long)
- Grant Smith, Neocon Middle East Policy: The 'Clean Break' Plan Damage Assessment, Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep), March 2005. ISBN 0976443732
- John Ehrman, The Rise of Neoconservatism : Intellectuals and Foreign Affairs, 1945-1994, Yale University Press, March 1995. ISBN 0300060254
- Mark Gerson, The Neoconservative Vision: From the Cold War to the Culture Wars, Madison Books, September 1997. ISBN 1568331002
- Irving Kristol, Neo-conservatism : The Autobiography of an Idea, Ivan R. Dee, April 1999. ISBN 1566632285
- Chip Berlet and Matthew N. Lyons, "Right-Wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort", Guilford Press, November 2000. ISBN 1572305681 (hardcover) ISBN 1572305622(Paperback)
- Stefan Halper and Jonathan Clarke, America Alone:The Neo-Conservatives and the Global Order, Cambridge University Press, July 2004. ISBN-13-9780521838344 (Halper is at the University of Cambridge and Clarke at the Cato Institute).
- Irwin Stelzer, The Neocon Reader, Grove Press, January 2005. ISBN 0802141935
The history of Neoconservatism
- The Rise of the Counterestablishment: From Conservative Ideology to Political Power by Sidney Blumenthal ISBN 0060971401
- Neoconservatism: The Autobiography of an Idea by Irving Kristol, 1995 ed ISBN 0028740211
- Leo Strauss and the American Right by Shadia Drury ISBN 0312217838
- Leo Strauss and the Politics of American Empire 2004 by Anne Norton ISBN 0300109733
- The Anatomy of Antiliberalism by Stephen Holmes ISBN 0674031857 (Antiliberalism by the same author?)
- Recasting Conservatism by Robert devigne ISBN 0300055943 
- Conservative News by Liberty News Online
- The Closing of the American Mind by Allan Bloom ISBN 0671657151