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From paleo- +‎ conservative, by analogy with neoconservative.


paleoconservative (plural paleoconservatives)

  1. (US, politics) A political conservative who espouses paleoconservatism, opposing mass immigration, embracing states' rights and supporting cultural conservatism and social structures perceived to be traditional.
    Coordinate term: neoconservative
    • 1979, February 13, The Neocons:
      In fact, the neoconservative Moynihan running in New York against the paleoconservative James Buckley was able to position himself as the proper heir to a New Deal liberal tradition that Moynihan had been vigorously criticizing for almost a decade.
    • 1992, Robert Hughes, “The Fraying of America”, in Time[1]:
      If they are fraying now, it is at least in part due to the prevalence of demagogues who wish to claim that there is only one path to virtuous American-ness: paleoconservatives like Jesse Helms and Pat Robertson who think this country has one single ethic, [] .
    • 1999, Joseph Scotchie, The Paleoconservatives, page 11:
      As noted earlier, immigration was the issue that sent the open border Right on a search-and-destroy mission against paleoconservatives.



paleoconservative (comparative more paleoconservative, superlative most paleoconservative)

  1. (US, politics) Holding views associated with paleoconservatism.
    • 2019, Jonas Staal, Propaganda Art in the 21st Century, MIT Press (→ISBN), page 101:
      The first of Bannon's ten documentary film pamphlets, In the Face of Evil (2014), still followed a rather classic neoconservative narrative, albeit with a paleoconservative touch.


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