[FoRK] Finally, someone who can do the job better than I could

J. Andrew Rogers andrew at ceruleansystems.com
Thu Jan 22 09:28:56 PST 2009


On Jan 22, 2009, at 6:55 AM, geege schuman wrote:
> And some people are so deeply invested in their disbelief of  
> objectivity
> (unless it's their own) that their arguments stink of that  
> presumption.


Huh?  The word "neocon" originally referred to former southern  
Democrats who switched parties based on certain national security  
issues. If you were using it that way then I applaud you, I stopped  
using the term years ago because it confused people. Huckabee is the  
neocon archetype, to use a proper example from the last presidential  
election.

When you consider that the term encompasses polar opposites of the  
political spectrum in popular application, from secular libertarians  
to hyper-religious socialists, the meaninglessness of it is obvious.  
Everyone from Goldwater to Ayn Rand to Oral Roberts to Bush gets  
labeled a "neocon".  It is intended as a vaguely ominous slur against  
people we don't like politically.

It is no different than how the word "terrorist" has been turned into  
a political portmanteau.  Most nominal "terrorists" aren't, just like  
most nominal "neocons" aren't. It is just a political stick used to  
beat people we don't like.

Cheers,

J. Andrew Rogers



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