My Use Of The N-Word

July 5, 2007

About a month ago, I received this response to one of my comments on LGF:

#30 DesertSage  6/03/2007 11:03:23 pm PDT 

…but because they figure he isn’t one of the neocons.

“neocon” is Lefty code-speak for “Jews”.

ChenZhen uses the term “neocon” as a pejorative.
ChenZhen is an anti-semite, I new there was a reason I disliked him.
Babbazee is right!

If there’s one thing I really can’t stand is an anti-semitic Leftist.
The thing I like even less is an anti-semitic Leftist that denies that he’s an anti-semite…so don’t even try it ChenZhen!

Then, last night, I spotted this comment on another WP blog:

25. Mark – July 4, 2007
…Gabe, Neo-Con is a racist slur. No shock that you use it…


Am I missing something here? Isn’t ‘neocon’ just short for ‘neoconservative‘? It’s just political ideology, right?

Intrigued, I did some searching, and I stumbled upon some old opinion pieces:

Blame It on Neo -Don’t call me a “neocon” unless you are a friend.

One big culprit has been Air America. Tune in to the proudly liberal radio network, and you’ll hear actress-turned-activist Janeane Garofalo and other hosts frequently blast the “influence” of the “neocons” on the Bush Administration, then go on to name names such as Wolfowitz, Perle, Abrams and Libby. Not a single gentile name makes the list, so it’s the Jewish influence to which the network takes particular exception.

‘Neocon’: Slang for ‘Jew’?

After laying the groundwork of neocons as superhawks, the Business Week piece informs readers that the key members of the movement who advise President Bush are “Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, Pentagon policy chief Douglas J. Feith and Defense Policy Board member Richard N. Perle.” Fair enough. All three have, at various times, been labeled neocons. But then, Mr. Dunham draws an interesting distinction. He describes Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney as “key allies,” but not as “neocons.” In the remainder of the article, former Reagan administration official Ken Adelman and Weekly Standard editor William Kristol are identified as other “neocons.”

I have to apologise.  I had no idea that when I called Francis Fukuyama a ‘neocon’ in this post a year ago I was actually using code to label him a Jew.


I’m hoping some of my fellow bloggers could help me out here. What would be more politically correct? Should I just spell out ‘neoconservative’? Or should I adopt some sort of family-friendly way to post the word, like n**cons?

Edit- That was sarcasm, BTW.

One final note.  I see all this as grievance theater.  Accusations of anti-Semitism seem to get fired at people on a hair trigger all the time, and I think this is a perfect example. 


  1. I think you let the wingbats steep in their own juices. “Neo-conservative” and the shortened “neo-con” are words with meanings, and when you let people scare you off your vocabulary for reasons that are so openly stupid and cynical they win.

    NEVER let the stupid or corrupt define the vocabulary. He who dictates the vocabulary (what Stuart Hall calls the “battle for signification”) will win the argument.

  2. Well my last bit there was probably a poor use of sarcasm. I have no intention of dropping ‘neocon’ from my blog. It’s also my way taking a shot at the hypocrisy of some of these people. After all, in my travels through the blogs, I’ve seen so many complain about about how ‘PC-ness’ will be the death of us, and here we have some blatant examples of hyperventilating over something that is just patently absurd. This is me fighting back.

    You do make a good point though.

  3. Uhh, I prefer right wing scumbags to neocons myself, but that’s just me.

    I didn’t know libby is jewish. Not that it matters.

    I heard fukuyama is jewish on his fathers side. not that it matters.

    Hey is that neoconartist ann coulter jewish too?

    Not that it matters.

    What matters is that via bush crime family rule, the right wing has been proven itself to be a FAILURE!

    The scientifically impossible I do right away
    The spiritually miraculous takes a bit longer

  4. just keep doing what your doing. I’m going to coin the phrase “u-lib” for ultra liberals, and see if i get accused of being a homophobe or something

    good post

  5. Chen:
    It is well known that “neo-con” is used for “Neo-conservative” it seems to be an interesting coincident that there are Jews wrapped up in the neo-con thought process (or lack thereof).

    As you know there are many gentiles who were also the architects of today’s mess that publicly call themselves neo-con.

    I think the comment that you are concerned about is just another attempt to put a stop to thinking bloggers from voicing their opinions.

    Don’t stop what you’re doing. People who read you daily know that your heart and mind is not geared in the direction that you have been wrongfully accused of.

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  7. I don’t care whether someone is Jewish, Christian, or Muslim (or any other religion, agnostic, or atheist). Someone who blows up innocent children in an illegal campaign of violence, whether with a suicide bomber or with a plane, is a terrorist. So let’s stop calling these people ‘neocons’ and start calling them terrorists.

  8. Sounds like Godwin’s Law making a near miss on this one…

    Those who have nothing intelligent to say will challenge your morals and try to close the door to rebuttal. That’s rhetoric 101.

    Nice writing. Interesting blog.

    Keep up the good work:-)

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