Neoconservatives are conservatives who are "new" (neo) to the conservative movement in some way. Usually, this comes as a result from the migration from the left of the political spectrum to the right, over the course of many years. Though every such neoconservative has an individual story to tell, there are several key events in recent American history that are often said to have prompted the shift.It's no surprise that conservatism today is so indistinguishable from radical liberalism -- so many of the most influential conservative organizations are not run by conservatives at all but by these "former" Marxists:
Many of today's most famous neocons are from Eastern European Jewish immigrant families, who were frequently on the edge of poverty. The Great Depression radicalized many immigrants, and introduced them to the new and revolutionary ideas of socialism and communism.
The Soviet Union's break with Stalinism in the 1950's led to the rise of the so-called New Left in America, which popularized anti-Sovietism along with anti-capitalism. The New Left became very popular among the children of hardline Communist families.
Intellectually, neoconservatives have been strongly influenced by a diverse range of thinkers from Max Shachtman's version of Trotskyism [Marxism] (in the area of anti-Sovietism and international policy) to the elitist, ostensibly neo-Platonic ideas of Leo Strauss.
More specifically, the term refers to journalists, pundits, policy analysts, and institutions affiliated with policy think tanks such as the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the Heritage Foundation, and the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) and periodicals such as Commentary, Policy Review, and The Weekly Standard.Political pundits such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Bill Bennett and Victor Davis Hanson, and more especially Jews Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, Jonah Goldberg, Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, Norman Podhoretz, and Bill and Irving Kristol, are all neo-con leaders.
Some "former" Marxists, e.g., red-diaper-doper-baby David Horowitz and feminazi-suprema Naomi Wolfe, are not really neo-cons (much less true conservatives), just political opportunists. Michael Savage is merely confused and confusing. Christian Science Monitor has more info on the Marxists so influential in wrecking conservatism today.
Is your country in shambles? A police state growing? Do conservatives now praise multiculturalism (social Marxism) and big government? Are you being robbed of trillions of dollars every month by the neo-cons' bankster friends? If so, thank a neo-con today!