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Serves Them Right

The reviews were so neo-con, so homophobic. They couldn’t just go see the movie without trying to over-intellectualize it. ~Zach Snyder

Some Corner readers are not pleased at this pejorative use of neocon, and no wonder.  Virtually every neocon has fallen down in prostration before 300, but the meme of neocon has spread so far and wide and has been associated with such hideous things that it has apparently managed to become the new ‘fascist’ as a catch-all for everything ugly and reprehensible in the world.  Perhaps where someone would have ignorantly said fascist before, now he says neocon.  That sounds about right to me.  Considering the actual neocons’ preference for labeling their enemies fascists and their absurd need to call jihadis Islamofascists, there is no more perfect poetic justice than their name becoming synonymous with the thing they allegedly hate.  When people begin referring to jihadis as Islamoneocons, then the circle will be complete.   

On a slightly related note, for those interested in a serious response to the travesty of history that is 300 Dr. Fleming has some wise words.

about the author

Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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