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Paleoconservatism is a conservative movement mainly based in the United States that stresses tradition, civil society, federalism, family, religious, regional, national and European identity. Prominent paleocon Chilton Williamson Jr. (of Chronicles) wrote that "Paleoconservatism is the expression of rootedness: a sense of place and of history, a sense of self derived from forebears, kin, and culture—an identity that is both collective and personal." They see themselves as the legitimate heir to the American conservative tradition.

Paleoconservatives in the 21st century often focus on their points of disagreement with neoconservatives, especially on issues such as mass immigration, affirmative action, foreign wars, free trade, foreign aid, and welfare.

Paul Gottfried is credited with coining the term in the late 20th century. He argues that the word originally referred to various Americans, such as traditionalist Catholics and agrarian Southerners, who turned to anticommunism during the Cold War. It then began referring to the conservative opposition to neoconservatism.

Traditional Catholicism and the Southern antebellum culture and society before the American Civil War are still areas of interest to many paleoconservatisvs.[1]

Early paleoconservatism was often positive to race realism. Samuel Francis, a leading paleoconservative, stressed that "genetic endowments" of Europeans were the root of the civilization created by European and that European civilization cannot be transmitted to non-Europeans.

However, more recently paleoconservatism has been argued to have become more politically correct on race.[1]

Paleoconservatism’s influence has been argued to have peaked with Pat Buchanan’s presidential runs during the 1990s and in 2000.[1]

Paleolibertarianism is a somewhat similar movement that has also been argued to recently have become more politically correct on issues such as race.


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