Neocons Against Gottfried

Paul Gottfried gives a short yet fascinating recount of his experiences with the “reconstructed conservative establishment,” that is, the conservative establishment made up of either Neoconservatives or Neocon friendlies.  Gottfried is no conservative lightweight.  In fact, one might consider him among the foremost conservative scholars of the late 20th and 21st centuries.  It was he who made the key distinction between the neoconservatives and the prior conservative camp, known now by Gottfried’s label of “paleoconservative.” And yet, for daring to dissent from the Leftist Neocons on a variety of issues, Gottfried, like all paleoconservatives has been rejected and ignored.  He writes:

This situation became even more obvious in the 1990s, when Rupert Murdoch entered the scene and sponsored his own version of a neocon-GOP forum and news service. In this vehicle for neocon views, a very aggressive foreign policy, based on appeals to human rights (cum Zionism), was yoked to exceedingly flexible social positions and support for government-sponsored corporate wealth. Most of the authorized debates within the Murdoch media would thereafter be between a Left that continued to move leftward and a gaggle of neoconservative publicists and GOP career politicians. The sustained attempt that came with this development to cut the Old Right out of discussion should been plain to anyone of my generation who has studied the Right. (…)

In a sense I’ve accepted my predestined fate. I know that no matter how many more books I write and whoever the publisher may be, no movement conservative, and certainly no Murdoch-controlled publication will ever mention a book of mine or bring up my name. Like the Communists, whom the neocons and their drones, resemble in more than one way, those who defy the movement they shape are summarily reduced to nonpersons. The only exception to this rule on the old right has been Pat Buchanan, who was already too famous by the time the neocons took over to be totally marginalized. When Buchanan bolted in the 1980s, he was either denounced as a neo-Nazi in the neocon press or else an attempt was made to ignore him. Since his books have been best-sellers, despite the character assassination that has been carried out against him, Pat has been allowed to appear on neocon central, in a limited, innocuous way.  Unfortunately I occupied a lower celebrity status when the power shift came in the 1980s and so I’ve not been given even the smallest token role in the new order.