The Politics of Neos: Contemporary and Classical
Neo refers to new. Other connotations include revival, modification and recent. It originates from the Greek word “Neos” meaning new. ‘Neo’ as a prefix has garnered significance in recent decades, mostly in academic studies and political analyses. Words like ‘neoliberalism’, ‘Neo-Marxism’, ‘Neo-Darwinism’ and ‘Neo-Malthusian’ have been extensively used to refer to developing political ideas, periods, economic status of a nation and so on. Hence, it is important to delve deep into terminologies and coinages, through this article.
While the modified and new theories almost always seem to retain the essence of the classical ones (like Malthusianism and Neo-Malthusianism), there is a tendency to divert from the original theories (Neoliberalism and Liberalism). Hence, these have been and in future, will be subjected to a range of debates and discussions.