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Neoconservatism is a Jewish influenced ideology that is particularly influential in the United States.

Early history

Kevin MacDonald has described neoconservatism as originating in the “New York Intellectuals”. This was originally a group of Jewish Trotskyists that became increasingly dissatisfied with communism and leftism more generally, for reasons such as argued anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union (such as after the Great Purge, see also Jews and Communism). The neoconservatives overriding concern instead became the welfare of Israel, created after WWII.[1]

By the 1970s, the neoconservatives were taking an aggressive stance against the Soviet Union, which they saw as a bastion of anti-Semitism and opposition to Israel. One influence on US foreign policy was linking bilateral trade issues with lifting Soviet emigration restrictions, primarily in order to allow Jews from the Soviet Union to migrate to Israel and to the United States.[1]

One reason for the rising influence of neoconservatism has been argued to be that neoconservatism has been given biased and preferential treatment by the mainstream media (with a large Jewish influence), compared to more traditional conservatism.[1]

Neoconservatism was and is often contrasted with paleoconservatism. However, paleoconservatism has been argued to have become less influential.

After the fall of Communism

"Neoconservatives have certainly appealed to American patriotic platitudes in advocating war throughout the Middle East—gushing about spreading American democracy and freedom to the area, while leaving unmentioned their own strong ethnic ties and family links to Israel."[1]

Neoconservatives are notorious for their support of the Iraq War.

More recently, they have supported interventions in countries such as Libya and Syria.[2]

Mass immigration

Neoconservatism has generally supported mass immigration to Western countries.[1]

However, more recently, some individuals and organizations with otherwise neoconservative views have been critical of mass immigration of Muslims and islamization, likely for reasons such as argued negative effects for Jews.

See also Jews and immigration.

Argued characteristics

Kevin MacDonald has written that "In all of the Jewish intellectual and political movements I studied, there is a strong Jewish identity among the core figures. All center on charismatic Jewish leaders—people such as Boas, Trotsky and Freud— who are revered as messianic, god-like figures. [...] As the neoconservatives lost faith in radical leftism, several key neocons became attracted to the writings of Leo Strauss, a classicist and political philosopher at the University of Chicago. Strauss had a very strong Jewish identity and viewed his philosophy as a means of ensuring Jewish survival in the Diaspora. As he put it in a 1962 Hillel House lecture, later republished in Leo Strauss: Political Philosopher and Jewish Thinker: “I believe I can say, without any exaggeration, that since a very, very early time the main theme of my reflections has been what is called the ‘Jewish ‘Question’.” Strauss has become a cult figure—the quintessential rabbinical guru with devoted disciples."[1]

"Strauss notoriously described the need for an external exoteric language directed at outsiders, and an internal esoteric language directed at ingroup members. In other words, the masses had to be deceived. But actually this is a general feature of the movements I have studied. They invariably frame issues in language that appeals to non-Jews, rather than explicitly in terms of Jewish interests. The most common rhetoric used by Jewish intellectual and political movements has been the language of moral universalism and the language of science—languages that appeal to the educated elites of the modern Western world. But beneath the rhetoric it is easy to find statements expressing the Jewish agendas of the principal actors."[1]

"A common argument is that neoconservatism is not Jewish because of the presence of various non-Jews amongst their ranks. But in fact, the ability to recruit prominent non-Jews, while nevertheless maintaining a Jewish core and a commitment to Jewish interests, has been a hallmark—perhaps the key hallmark—of influential Jewish intellectual and political movements throughout the 20th century. Freud commented famously on the need for a non-Jew to represent psychoanalysis [...] It makes excellent psychological sense to have the spokespeople for any movement resemble the people they are trying to convince."[1]


catalog of neoconservative efforts not merely to debate, criticize, and refute the ideas of traditional conservatism but to denounce, vilify, and harm the careers of those Old Right figures and institutions they have targeted. There are countless stories of how neoconservatives have succeeded in entering conservative institutions, forcing out or demoting traditional conservatives, and changing the positions and philosophy of such institutions in neoconservative directions. . . . What neoconservatives really dislike about their “allies” among traditional conservatives is simply the fact that the conservatives are conservatives at all — that they support “this notion of a Christian civilization,” as Midge Decter put it, that they oppose mass immigration, that they criticize Martin Luther King and reject the racial dispossession of white Western culture, that they support or approve of Joe McCarthy, that they entertain doubts or strong disagreement over American foreign policy in the Middle East, that they oppose reckless involvement in foreign wars and foreign entanglements, and that, in company with the Founding Fathers of the United States, they reject the concept of a pure democracy and the belief that the United States is or should evolve toward it.

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