Neo-neocon's handy guide to neos, paleos, and cons
Are you confused about the terminology? Me too. But I think I've mastered it now. Here's my guide to the world of neos and paleos, guaranteed to make the distinctions Kristol clear (pun intended):
1) neocon--person who used to be a liberal but is now still mostly liberal on social issues but hawkish on foreign policy, particularly about spreading democracy. Example: Paul Wolfowitz
2) paleocon--an old-fashioned conservative: small government, isolationist in foreign policy although hawkish when attacked. Example: Pat Buchanan
3) neo-neocon--recently changed from liberal to neocon. Example: moi
4) paleo-neocon--made the switch from liberal to neocon a long time ago. Example: Norman Podhoretz.
5) neo-paleocon--made the switch to paleocon recently (either from liberal or from neocon). Example: can't think of any, but there must be some (suggestions, anyone?) Or perhaps paleocons are born, not made.
6) neocon-paleocon--made the switch from paleocon to neocon quite some time ago. Example: same problem as #5.
7) neo-neocon-paleocon--made the switch from paleocon to neocon recently. Example: George Bush.
8) ex-con--Marion Barry
9) neo-con--Sandy Berger