Neoconservatives follow an ideology developed by former liberals who advocated in the ’60s and ’70s for a more aggressive foreign policy. Today they endorse active military intervention. According to author and editor Irving Kristol, widely acknowledged to be the father of the neoconservative movement, its adherents share three core beliefs:
- That continuous economic growth is good and that tax cuts stimulate economic growth;
- That a strong central state is a good and even desirable thing;
- That the concept “national interest” should be understood to include more than just the defense of the nation’s borders, but also its economic and ideological interests.