Friday, January 21, 2005

A liberal lesson on conservatism and classical languages

I remember a couple of months ago listening to Randi Rhodes explain on Air America Radio that the Bush administration wasn't conservative, it was neo-conservative. The scorn in her voice was palpaple.

She then proceeded to patronize her audience with an etymology lesson. Neo, she explained, meant near. So these guys weren't even conservative, they were near-conservative. Which was, for some reason, far worse. [Anyone know where I can find a transcript of Ms. Malaprop's Rhodes' program?]

For a somewhat less malapropos discussion of the matter, I recommend Victor David Hanson's discussion of traditional conservatives, neo-conservatives and the Bush administration in National Review--Idealism and Its Discontents: Thinking on the neoconservative slur.