Baseball Crank
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February 1, 2004
POLITICS: Neocon Abuse

Thursday's NY Times carried a review of Debra Dickerson's book "The End of Blackness," about race in America. What caught my eye was this bit of idiocy:

Ms. Dickerson has been accused of employing reductive neoconservative logic and of pandering to white readers, telling them what they want to hear.

This, of course, is a classic misreading of the term "neoconservative," by someone who probably learned the term in the past year and thinks it means "anything that is conservative that I do not like." Since when is there even a standard "neocon" position on race (at least, one that is distinct from conservatism as a whole), much less one that should be seen by the Left as particularly odious?

Posted by Baseball Crank at 10:35 AM | Politics 2004 | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

I agree. “Neocon” is a nebulous, almost meaningless term, frequently used as an ill-defined slur.

Its usage generally serves only to undermine the credibility of those who employ it.

Posted by: The Mad Hibernian at February 1, 2004 1:20 PM
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