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  • A political philosophy, which emerged in the 1960s and 1970s, that rejected the ideals of leftists and liberals. Since the 1980s, under the auspices of Ronald Reagan's presidency (1981–1989), it has developed into the belief of the use of an aggressive approach in promoting the United States' unrivaled power to advance its values around the world. This belief originated from a small group of liberal and leftist intellectuals who grew disenchanted with the liberal excesses of capitalism and the reluctance to spend adequately on military defense. The neoconservative label was originally applied to liberals and leftists, who became anticommunist after World War II, and Democrats, who embraced republicanism in the post Vietnam War era.

    Neoconservatism emerged out of the critiques of both capitalism and communism. Neoconservatists ...

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