About The Social Democracy Pages
'Conviction, Pluralism, Unity'
Irving Kristol was often called the "Godfather of neoconservatism". A
Trotskyite in his youth,
Kristol later rejected communism in favor of democratic socialism, and then, liberalism, though he eventually used his mid-20th century policy magazine, The Public Interest, to present a neoconservative critique of liberalism and its failing social programs. Disillusioned with Great Society liberalism, neoconservatives were to align with anticommunist counterparts in the Republican Party, in 1980, supporting Ronald Reagan's opposition to Soviet opportunism in Angola, Afghanistan, and other Third World countries. Similarly, The Social Democracy Pages, itself a social democratic affection, rejects many assumptions and applications of today's progressivism, not in order to endorse a discredited Marxist ideology (Kristol did not do this either), but rather, in progressivism's place, a radical alternative, an experienced-based approach to domestic policy and foreign affairs, drawn from the lessons of an earlier generation of liberals "mugged by reality". SDP's narrative includes the rightward drift of the old Social Democrats, USA (1972-2005), links to the heirs of the 1970s Henry "Scoop" Jackson Democrats, as well as to prominent neoconservative think tanks like the American Enterprise Institute and the Foreign Policy Initiative.
SDP Ring Themes
(Divided Into the Sections Listed Below) ...
Section I: Lessons in Pluralism, Social Justice, & Democracy-
SDP-Lessons points to fundamental neoconservative ideas devised from the example of earlier reform movements, coalitionist in most instances, though entryist in others, and the afore mentioned historical experience of anticomunist progressives in the 1948-1968 New Deal coalition (and their subsequent alliance with Republicans in the 1980s).
Section II: Moral Clarity, Realism & the Democratic Ideal-
SDP-Ideals is an affirmation of tested neoconservative assumptions and approaches in foreign policy.
Section III: Democracy & Pax Americana- (1947 onward)
SDP-Pax Americana stresses continuity in foreign policy from the Cold War Era to the Age of Jihad. Neoconservative approaches to foreign policy are detailed, for the most part, throughout the 2003-2011 Iraq War.
Section IV: After Modernism-
SDP-After Modernism is a call to civic awareness, through valued based reflection, that is, moral universalist prescriptions for a postmodernist Age. SDP-After Modernism maintains the moral agency of the individual in a society that seems increasingly perplexed by this assertion. Organized religion, from a view of separation of church and state, is promoted as a model for moral development.
As the political Left uses the Arts and Humanities, even the very esthetics of webpage design to draw attention to its agenda, so, too, should neoconservativism. This being stated, both camps should reject ideologues and present their respective assumptions honestly in the public eye. SDP also directs to archived Social Democrats, USA source material, affirmations of the Civil Rights Movement, and information on the Cultural Wars.