The term, "Fifth Column," came into popular
use in the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s and thereafter as socialism and
fascism were sweeping into conflict to take over the nations of the West. It
means a group of guerrillas, activists, intellectuals, etc. who work to
undermine a nation (or some larger organization) from within. Its activities can
be out in the open, or they can be secret.
Today in America, the
neoconservative political movement represents a "Fifth Column" for the forces of
collectivism. It's intellectuals and activists promote themselves as
conservatives who oppose the liberals, but their political philosophy has
nothing to do with what is known as American conservatism, which has always
stood for a limited Constitutional government and free enterprise. These values
are anathema to today's "neoconservatives" in the nation's political, literary,
and scholarly circles.
The late, Irving Kristol, editor of The Public
, and Norman Podhoretz, editor of Commentary
, were the
founders of the neoconservative movement in the late 1960s. In their youth
during the 1930s and 1940s, they were followers of the communist, Leon Trotsky.
Having bought into the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, they saw socialism as an
ideal that needed to be spread to the West. While they and their followers
subsequently modified the Marxist roots of their ideology in favor of a more
gradualist methodology, they always remained adamant supporters of collectivism
for America. Are they outright socialists? No, but their policy proposals have
always been in favor of massive government welfarism domestically and an
aggressive militaristic foreign policy that seeks what is termed "benevolent
global hegemony," in which the U.S. military is to be used preemptively to
spread democracy throughout the world.
The paradigm that neoconservatives
have given their lives to is built upon a centralized mega-state running
American society from Washington and also, as much as possible, the rest of the
In Irving Kristol's eyes, the laissez-faire vision of the
Founders was a "doctrinaire fantasy." Its ideals "make it inadequate...for a
political community," he wrote in 1977. In other words, to adhere today to what
Jefferson and Madison advocated is anachronistic foolishness. According to
Kristol and his fellow neoconservatives, such a view must be phased out of our
collective conscience. 
Kristol died in 2009, but his worldview
dominates all of today's younger neoconservatives. He believed that capitalism
and individual rights are dangerous institutions. They must be constantly
modified by a powerful state that redistributes wealth whenever necessary to
mold market enterprises into an appropriately egalitarian social structure. In
the neoconservative mind, freedom, while desirable, is not a primary political
value. Machiavelli had the better idea; expediency is the best way to rule.
People need to be manipulatively led by statist elites - via open dialogue and
democracy if possible, but by deception, coercion and expediency when necessary.
The neoconservatives, thus, represent tyranny's Fifth Column in
America. They are deceiving the people into believing that they are genuine
conservatives, but like the socialists who were their mentors, they call
themselves what they know the people want to hear. These ersatz conservatives
have now grown to dominate Washington's think tanks, Wall Street's brokerages
and banks, and many major publications and universities. They are highly
influential writers, scholars, pundits, publishers, institute heads, bankers,
and corporate moguls.The Serpents
are eight of the more influential neoconservatives in America, past and present.
These are not friends of freedom, but enemies. They need to be recognized for
who they are, traitors to what America was meant to be. They need to be exposed
and attacked as we would attack serpents who are slithering into our back yards
to threaten our safety and our families.
Considered to be the "godfather of neoconservatism." A powerful liberal
writer during the 1950s and 1960s, he had grown disenchanted with the Democratic
Party by 1970 and switched to the Republican Party, coining the name
"neoconservative" for the band of intellectuals he brought with him. Immensely
persuasive in the shaping of the movement.
One of the
major founders with Irving Kristol of neoconservatism in the late 1960s, he
served as Editor-in-Chief of Commentary
magazine from 1960 to 1995,
pouring out a myriad of articles and books on the need to build America into an
all-pervasive "collectivist state," but one that respects traditional values
instead of the amoral values of liberalism. Richard Perle
"Prince of Darkness" because of his extreme hawkish military stands. A member of
the Reagan Pentagon, now serves in Washington think-tanks such as the Hudson
Institute and the American Enterprise Institute. Vehemently promoted the
invasion of Iraq; favors extensive intervention in the Middle East to bring
about regime changes. Paul Wolfowitz
The most hawkish
advocate in the Bush administration and the architect of the Bush Doctrine. A
fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, he is a former World Bank chief and
Pentagon official who was closely involved in the decision to invade Iraq in
2003. He has been back and forth between academia and government for the
entirety of his career. William Kristol
Son of Irving
Kristol and editor of the prestigious Weekly Standard
, he was the
cofounder of PNAC (Project for the New American Century) with Robert Kagan. He
is a widely recognized pundit and influential Washington political operative.
Director at the Foreign Policy Initiative and member of numerous think-tanks in
Washington as well as a Fox News regular.
Bill Kristol of the Project for the New American Century, Kagan is a policy
pundit and historian based at the Brookings Institution. He serves also as a
contributing editor at The New Republic
and, thus, personifies the
collectivist liberalism that infuses neoconservatism. They are statist
The director of
the hawkish neoconservative Center for Security Policy, Gaffney has been a
longtime advocate of interventionist U.S. foreign policies, ever-increasing
military budgets, and aggressive attacks upon the Islamic world. A regular on
A writer for The Washington Post, Charles Krauthammer, is considered
to be the most influential neoconservative political columnist in America. He is
a Pulitzer Prize winner, Fox News talking head, and was a weekly panelist on the
PBS show, Inside Washington, From 1990 to 2013.
are, of course, many other prominent neoconservatives than just these eight.
Hundreds of others like Bill Bennett, Elliott Abrams, Joshua Muravchik, James
Woolsey, John Bolton, Max Boot, Karl Rove, David Frum, and Condolezza Rice are
assiduously working to advance mega-statism throughout America and the
world.Socialist Roots of Neoconservatism
1910, socialism had become the new wave of the future in European universities.
The Fabians were growing to power in Britain. And numerous socialist
intellectuals were emigrating to America to begin subversion of the citadel of
One problem, however, confronted the invading intellectuals
coming to our shores. The American people were vehemently resistant to
socialism. Fabians and Cultural Marxists soon realized that the socialist
revolution would never take hold in America as "socialism." They realized they
must redefine their revolution and disguise it. Thus between 1910 and 1920 they
began to refer to themselves as "progressives," which solved their alienation
problem. Americans were willing to listen to "progressive" ideas, but not to
This is classic Marxist strategy: become in name and
image whatever will more readily convince potential converts. Retain your
fundamental collectivist principles, but change the methods of implementation to
fit the situation.
In the years between 1920 and 1940 the original
neoconservatives like Irving Kristol, Norman Podhoretz, Daniel Bell, Nathan
Glazer, and Sidney Hook were coming of age and developing their worldview. At
first openly socialist, they soon adopted the label of "progressive," and
eventually began to use the term "liberal" because of it's widespread acceptance
in American intellectual circles. Thus socialists became progressives who then
became liberals who promoted progressive policies. The intellectual coup d' etat
was complete. Tyrannical socialism could now be promoted as something liberal,
benign, and progressive.
All intellectuals of the left were now
solidified around promoting socialist ideology under the name of "liberalism."
Such a strategy became spectacularly successful up through the late 1960s moving
America insidiously toward the collectivist ideal of an egalitarian society via
massive government coercion. The goal was to bring about "equality of results"
in life by leveling down productive people as much as possible to the lowest
common denominator. The Marxist vision was making great progress by eroding the
individualism that had created and built America.
mid-1960s came unglued socially because America's youth went bonkers by adopting
a New Left radicalism that shook the politics of liberalism to its core.
Counterculture rebellion raged among millions of young people who came home from
college to kill their donkey parents ideologically. Stability and sanity
collapsed into a heap of drugs, nihilism, and contempt for conventional
liberalism. It was at this time that Kristol, Podhoretz, and numerous of their
powerhouse liberal colleagues switched to the Republican Party in face of George
McGovern's 1972 takeover of the Democratic Party. They cast off the name
"liberal" and adopted the name "neoconservative" so as to break totally from
what they perceived as the lunatic fringe of New Left liberalism. Thus the
neoconservative revolution was born via yet another name change. Socialists who
became progressives who became liberals had now become "neoconservatives."
Of course, the fundamental principles of collectivism and mega-statism
were not discarded, only the name of liberalism. Ideologically the
neoconservatives were still very much collectivists and statists. But the new
name gave them a new life in which they felt they could thrive more
successfully. Mega-statism with traditional values had always been their
political vision; now it could be openly promoted as neoconservatism
It caught on and attracted droves of big league scholars and pundits to join
with it, which grew into today's neoconservative hold over Wall Street, the
nation's corporate moguls, the Republican Party, and many of Washington's
The serpents had propagated. The Fifth Column
had done its job. Thousands in the media became quite comfortable subscribing to
"neo" conservatism and discarded the philosophy of "libertarian" conservatism,
which had built the country and was the true conservatism, the true opposition
to liberalism. The American people (conservative by nature) fell for the hoax
and loyally supported the neoconservative movement, assuming it was what would
keep the country free when actually it was working to do just the opposite. It
was smuggling America into statism.
Thus both liberals and
neoconservatives and their respective political parties - the Democrats and
Republicans - are relentlessly moving our country into mega-statism today with
full support from our professors, our media, and our people. "Corrupt the money
and the language," said Marx. Freedom and capitalism will then fall. Today's
neoconservatives are not conservative; they are rabid collectivists. But you
won't hear that from the American people. They have been bamboozled.
only solution to this ideological deception and corruption is to revive the
vision of "libertarian conservatism" subscribed to by the Founders. This means a
free-market, not a mega-state. It means the protection of equal rights, not the
conveyance of special privileges. It
means a mind-our-own-business foreign policy, not the pursuit of world
If the Founders were alive today they would be heaping the same
scorn on the "neoconservatives" that they heaped on the Tories and King George.
Tyranny is still tyranny whether it calls itself socialism, fascism, liberalism
1. Irving Kristol,
"Looking Back on Neo-Conservatism: Notes and Reflections," The American
, November 1977, p. 7.
2. Daniel Shapiro, "The
Neoconservatives," Libertarian Review
freelance scholar/writer in Dallas, Texas and the Director of Americans for a
Free Republic www.afr.org
. A graduate of
Beloit College in Wisconsin, his articles have appeared in such publications as
The American Conservative
, The Social Critic
, and The Dallas Morning News
as well as on numerous Internet sites. He is the author of The Golden Mean: Libertarian
Politics, Conservative Values
. Email: nelshultberg (at) aol.com