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The theocons piggybacked on [the] neocon network; they also used neocon connections to begin the long and arduous process of building their own independent infrastructure of influence," Linker writes.
Indeed, Linker finds the genesis of Neuhaus' theoconservative project in his belief, formed while still a Lutheran, "that Falwell and his followers were being unrealistic in supposing that their idiosyncratic faith, based on highly subjective 'born again' experiences, could serve as the religiously based public philosophy the country so desperately needed.
It is strategy, more than the revolutionary zeal Linker attributes to him, that explains Neuhaus's oudandish--sometimes frankly operatic--rhetoric about Supreme Court abortion decisions, or the "homosexual agenda," or feminism, or the corruption of secular culture.
As Linker tells the story, Neuhaus first articulated his belief in a populist religious opposition to the nation's allegedly corrupt secular elites in the 1960s, as an associate of the Rev.
All of this, of course, is horrendous twaddle, and I do not know whether Linker actually believes any of it.