Many neocons have the perspective that the level of degeneracy they grew up with is the appropriate level, but that the current level is too far.
This is an interesting conundrum they place themselves in, because the current state of things is the logical progression of the prior ideas, so you have to accept the ramifications of all of it or none of it. The 1970s degeneracy led to the 2020s degeneracy. To desire a return to the degeneracy of the past is merely setting up for the degeneracy of the modern era again, but at a later time.
There is no way to sustain with an unsustainable point in the same system that already failed.
There is no “preferred” level of degeneracy that is sustainable. Either you stamp it all or you merely stamp out a worthless level of it. Degeneracy acts like mold. If even the smallest amount is left, it will continue to spore.
It is akin to taking poison and claiming you were fine for the first half hour, and then the next 30 mins weren’t great but tolerable, and the last hour is catastrophic. But the issue is that the neocon still took the poison. No matter their “tolerance” level, the poison will always still lead to the same end. Going back to the first thirty minutes of the poisoning will not solve the issue.
We either reject degeneracy or we accept the current level of it and whatever is to come, because any level that is not zero will inevitably lead to the current form. Degradation is natural in our current form of government. Without changing that government to a more hardened version, there is no level of it that will not return us to where we are right now and where we are heading.
This is why they are “neo”-cons. Whenever you put a modifier in front of a word, it distorts the meaning of the original word. The neocons are not conservatives, because conservativism implies conservation. They conserve nothing. The neocon branch is a relatively new monstrosity, a bastardization of conservatism.
They are progressives, but want to conserve a few steps behind the modern progressive’s current ideal. In many ways, their ideology is a “return to progress”, which implies believing in the leftist framework of a linear pathway to betterment. This is contrary to the traditional perspective.
This is the vast majority of mainstream “conservatives”. It’s helpful to be on the watch for them, because given another ten years, they’ll simply be trying to conserve where we are right now. They’ll be the new progressives of the modern day, just delayed a bit.
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