Welcome to the Neoconservatives Portal on Powerbase—your guide to networks of power, lobbying and deceptive PR.
According to Irving Kristol, one of the leading US neoconservatives, it is a movement of liberals "mugged by reality." Stephen J. Sniegoski reports that "the term was coined by socialist Michael Harrington as a derisive term for leftists and liberals who were migrating rightward. Many of the first generation neoconservatives were originally liberal Democrats or even socialists and Marxists, often Trotskyites. Most originated in New York, and most were Jews. They drifted to the right in the 1960s and 1970s as the Democratic Party moved to the anti-war McGovernite left."
The Neoconservatives portal focuses on:
- US and international neoconservatives active in Europe. This included 'Scoop Jackson Democrats' as well as those associated with the Republican party.
- Europeans who self-identify as neoconservatives or who have been heavily influenced by the US neoconservative tradition.
- Europeans participating in projects and organisations with significant neoconservative participation, or which reflect a neoconservative ethos. The origins of the the neoconservatives are closely bound up with cold war political warfare networks which sought to enlist a broad spectrum of European actors in support of US policies. US-based neoconservatives have drawn on this tradition to construct heterogeneous and at times conflicting alliances extending from the far-right to the liberal-left.
Powerbase has a policy of strict referencing and is overseen by an Managing editor and a Sysop and several associate portal editors. The editor of the Neoconservatives Portal is Tom Griffin.