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paleoconservative (plural paleoconservatives)
- (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.
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:
- 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.
person espousing paleoconservatism
holding the views associated with paleoconservatism