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September 22, 2009

Neoconservatism Dies; Democracy Flourishes

Intellectual neoconservatism is, thankfully, dead. But, as Salon asserts, progressivism, as exemplified by Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, is flourishing.

Michael Lind—who used to identify as a neoconservative—writes that the momentum has shifted left. Democracy has benefited greatly from this. As Lind puts it:

The enduring legacy of the original neoconservatives is less a matter of policy positions than a particular intellectual style…Between the late ’60s and the mid-’80s, the public intellectuals of the neoconservative movement shuttled between the two realms, writing essays with academic rigor and journalistic clarity for the general educated public in Commentary, edited by Norman Podhoretz, and the two quarterlies that Irving Kristol founded, the Public Interest and the National Interest…The influence of the neoconservative style of informed debate is evident as well in the flourishing new liberal quarterly Democracy: A Journal of Ideas.

You can read Lind’s full article here.


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