Mapping the Neocons

Earlier this month, The Washington Post published a chart (below) mapping the origins and development of neoconservatism. YDSers are probably familiar with a lot of the featured personalities and institutions. The chart has appeared all over the blogosphere but I think it gets a lot of stuff wrong.

For example, I don't think National Review played a real role in the rise of the neocons and I don't believe Ayn Rand influenced National Review (since Bill Buckley hated Ayn Rand's guts). I sort of resent the fact that Bill Kristol, a lightweight cable news pundit, gets the same prominence as Max Shachtman but I guess ours is an age of mediocrity.

The media makes much of Leo Strauss' influence on the neocons. I don't know much about Strauss, but he seems to have little to do with the Commentary crowd, the Scoop Jackson ex-liberals, Shachtmanite ex-socialists, New Republic hawks and other people I consider neoconservatives.

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Revolution at the Crossroads: Igniting the Socialist Resistance Against Trump

February 17, 2017 · $20.00 USD

Location: MayDay Space
Where: 176 St Nicholas Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
When: Friday, February 17th at 6 PM to Sunday, February 19th to 4 PM

Political Context

This Presidents’ Day weekend, the Young Democratic Socialists will gather for our annual winter conference in New York City titled Revolution at the Crossroads: Igniting the Socialist Resistance Against Trump. We did not choose the name lightly. In doing so, we call for leftists to collectively confront Trump and Trumpism at every possible opportunity. When a Trump administration attempts mass deportations of undocumented workers, when it attempts to register Muslims or roll back worker protections, when it attempts to take away reproductive, LGTBQ, civil, or any other rights, then we must militantly resist to prevent such measures.

To succeed, this must be explicitly socialist resistance. With liberalism having repeatedly shown itself incapable of combating the far right, it is now the time for socialists to openly declare our place in building the mass, multi-racial, and working class movement necessary for defeating the Trump administration. In this struggle, millennials will play an outsized role. That is why this conference comes at such a critical time—together we must create spaces for democratic and strategic discussion, spaces to gain organizing skills, and most importantly, spaces to form networks of young radicals for the future struggles ahead. These spaces will only come together if socialists come together. Join us this Presidents Weekend and help ignite the movement to defeat the Trump administration, continue the political revolution, and build the socialist alternative.

Key Deadlines

  • January 8th: Travel Scholarship for Air Travel (for application see below)
  • January 15th: Travel Scholarship for Non-Air Travel (ex: bus, car, train, etc.)
  • February 3rd: Early Bird Registration Ends - Tickets prices go up from $5 to $10
  • February 10th: Free Housing - We have limited free housing. You need to first register, then you will be sent an application for free housing.

Apply for a travel scholarship here! (First Deadline January 8, 2017)

Check out the working program (subject to change)