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 adventurism 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 neoconservative think tanks like 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 neoconservative ideas devised from the historical experience of anticomunist progressives from the old New Deal coalition.
Section II: Moral Clarity, Realism & the Democratic Ideal-
SDP-Ideals affirms tested, neoconservative, assumptions and approaches to foreign policy.
Section III: Democracy & Pax Americana- (1947 onward)
SDP-Pax Americana stresses continuity in foreign affairs from the Cold War Era to the Age of Jihad. Neoconservative approaches are typified, for the most part, through Allied efforts in the Iraq and Afghanistan.
Section IV: After Modernism-
SDP-After Modernism is a call to civic awareness, through values based reflection. 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 Left use the Arts and Humanities, and the very esthetics of web design, to draw attention to its agenda, so, too, should neoconservativism. As is the case, both camps must 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.