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December 11, 2005

Neoconservatism and Anti-Totalitarianism - "Two timely books exploring the case for a British neoconservatism", Sunday Times

Posted by Michael Mosbacher

The Social Affairs Unit's books, Neoconservatism: Why We Need It by Douglas Murray and Anti-Totalitarianism: The Left-Wing Case for a Neoconservative Foreign Policy by Oliver Kamm are today reviewed in the Sunday Times by Brendan Simms.

Brendan Simms writes:

Hitherto, neoconservatism has travelled badly. Now the Social Affairs Unit, a Conservative-leaning think tank, has brought out two timely books exploring the case for a British neoconservatism.
The two books are also the subject of the lead review in this week's New Statesman (12th December 2005). The review, by Financial Times magazine editor John Lloyd, states that these are:
the first two book-length arguments for the adoption of neoconservatism in Britain, one of only a few countries in the world in which such an argument can be made with any hope of success.
Lloyd describes Anti-Totalitarianism as:
an impassioned, fluent and acerbic essay.
Lloyd concludes by asking:
So, what chance that Kamm's and Murray's pleas will be heard and acted on?

I would judge there to be a good chance.


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