New Right Essay

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> Opposition to ‘Big government’: like neoliberals, neoconservatives oppose welfare as a misguided outcome of well-meaning liberal/social democratic policies. A key theme in neo-conservatism is the concept of ungovernability. According to theorists such as Daniel Bell, the more the state attempts to do, the more it risks from being overwhelmed by the growth of excessive expectations. This has encouraged neoconservatives to focus instead of national-security and foreign policy issues. > Defence of natural inequality: Neoconservatives stress that liberty depends on the ability of sovereign individuals to pursue their economic goals unaided and unhindered by the state. Liberty is understood not in an abstract universal sense, but in traditional patriarchal terms. > Law and Order: neoconservatives emphasise an authoritarian stance on law and order. This emphasis on authority allied to heightened sensitivity to the fragility of society demonstrates that neo-conservatism has its roots in traditional/organic conservatism. They look to strengthen the community by restoring authority and social discipline. They assert that people want and need security – provided by authority. Permissiveness undermines established structures of society by questioning authority, this was particularly prevalent in the 1960s and 1970s. Subscribe to a form of social authoritarianism – strengthening of the family. Matched by state authoritarianism – tough stance on law and order. > Anti-Permissive society: neoconservatives advocate a traditionalist social agenda, which highlights the moral bankruptcy of ‘permissive’ societies. For them, there is a contradiction between the rationalisation of modern society and the permissive modernist culture, neoconservatives thus advocate a return to traditional virtues such as self-reliance, religious observance and ‘family values’ –there is a deep
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