Paul Gottfried: “White guilt is the essence of liberal Christianity in this country, the way Holocaust blame opens the door to the same leftist politics in Europe”
Paleoconservative founding-father Dr. Paul Gottfried/ Photograph courtesy of Paul Gottfried
CIReport.ca: You are the Raffensperger Professor of Humanities at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania and a Guggenheim recipient, author of ten books and numerous articles. Moreover, you are credited with coining the term “Paleoconservatism” in the 1980s. What is the story behind this word and what is the difference between paleoconservatism and “traditional” conservatism?
Paul Gottfried: I invented the term paleoconservative originally to indicate the older conservative traditions from which the neocons dramatically departed. Nonetheless, by the time I was working on the second edition of my survey of the American conservative movement, it was apparent that the neocons had won their war with minimal opposition. Thereafter the paleocons in my account were those on the right who went on fighting the neocon takeover, even after it was clear that they would be totally marginalized. What characterizes the neocons, beyond a specifically New York Jewish pattern of ideas and prejudices, is a dedication to democracy as a cluster of abstract propositions.
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on Aug 23, 2011 | 1 comment