More about Neoconservatism
Just so you know I wasn't making it all up, I have the following book list:
The Political Ideas of Leo Strauss (205 updated eddition) by Shadia B. Drury (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005). This woman is a great speaker and engaging writer. She spoke on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison a few months ago, and I found her funny and very informative about a deadly serious topic. She is deeply concerned about neoconservatism and the war in Iraq (the whole idea of going to war against Iraq was a neoconservative project which the Institute on Religion and Democracy supports whole-heartedly, attacking the peace movement within the mainline denominations).
On the "Republican Noise Machine" two books:
Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative by David Brock. This is a Washington memoir. Brock is a gay man who was near to the center of the Washington right-wing network. He played a role in smearing the reputation of Anita Hill (who testified against Justice Clarence Thomas) and the smear campaign leading to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. Eventually it occurred to Brock that he was not on the "right side." He now operates the website "www.mediamatters.com" (I reommend it.)
The Republican Noise Machine: Right-Wing Media and How it Corrupts Democracy by David Brock. This is David Brock's research on the media/propaganda/political machine that he was once part of, but now exposes. The Institute on Religion and Democracy is mentioned on page 164.