What precisely is neo-conservatism, and how did it come to power? Most of the scholarship (Shadia Drury being a leading example) focuses on Leo Strauss and his cult followers – the hard line Zionists who seized power in the wake of the 9/11 coup d’état. But Gould and Fitzgerald have sketched an alternate history. Instead of Strauss, they focus on Machiavellian “ex-Trotskyite” James Burnham – whose real-life example inspired the dystopian vision of George Orwell. They also name Zbigniew Brzezinski as a key neocon, arguing that this hard-line Machiavellian philosophy took over during first term of Jimmy Carter, long before the arrival of George W. Bush.This is historical revisionism at its finest! (Good thing this kind of revisionism is still legal.) You can listen to the broadcast here.