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Neoconservatism was born when a group of liberal and radical New York intellectuals became disenchanted with the political left in the late 1960s. From the perspective of the left, which they attacked, they were conservative and were accused of so being, but because they retained an attachment to many of the liberal goals that had long attracted them and because they were rarely Christian, from the South, or inclined to romanticize the past, they were not traditional conservatives. They were inclined, for example, to praise FDR, but never Barry Goldwater or Russell Kirk. These neoconservatives (also referred to as neocons) agreed with the left that it was critical to end racially based injustice and the chronically disadvantaged position of the poor, but they broke with ...

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