Quote: Originally Posted by Cannuck
The term is overused to the point that it is meaningless.
"Neo-cons" are oriented more on the lines of a "Libertarian". They are actually few and far between in Canada, but are a "potent" faction in the US at ~10% of the voting population
Libertarianism is a term used by a spectrum of political philosophies which seek to promote individual liberty and seek to minimize or even abolish the state
Finding a "true" Conservative is a bit of an anarchonism in both Canada and the US
is a political and social term whose meaning has changed in different countries and time periods, but which usually indicates support for the status quo or the status quo ante.
Neo-Conservatism is more prevalent in the US especially with the rise of the evangelicals and in concert with the Regean/Bush's international intervention policies
is a political philosophy that emerged in the United States. Its key distinction is in international affairs, where it espouses an interventionist approach that seeks to defend what neo-conservatives deem as national interests. In addition, unlike traditional conservatives, neoconservatives are comfortable with a minimally-bureaucratic welfare state;
and, while generally supportive of free markets, they are willing to interfere for overriding social purposes.
If you wanted to make the distinction. You could label the old Reform Party as "neo-cons" and the "new" Conservatives as "Red Tories"