Origins of the Neoconservative Impulse
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Neoconservatism is one legacy of the Cold War Era.
Neoconservatives came from the ranks of liberals and socialists in the New Deal coalition,
staunch anticommunists. These progressives became disillusioned with the welfare programs
of the 1960s. They crossed over to the Republican Party in the 1980s, backing Ronald
Reagan's stand against the U.S.S.R. The essays below, general topics on the Cold War Era,
point to three principles of contemporary neoconservatism: Strident opposition to totalitarianism,
whether in the form of communism or the newly emerging terrorist states, dissatisfaction
with modern liberalism, and advocacy of a strong military to protect
American democracy at home and abroad.

American Anticommunism

Popular Opposition

60s Liberalism

A Great Society Out of Reach

U.S. Cold War Foreign Policy

The Geneva Summit of 1985

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