We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Russello reviews Rod Dreher's new book "Crunchy Cons" in the NY Sun:
"Crunchy Cons" (Crown Forum, 259 pages, $24), even with its weaknesses, may be a clarion call for conservatives who have come to realize that the most important things in life cannot be found either in politics or the marketplace, and that what passes for political discourse is largely empty of meaning.
This is no academic treatise but rather a look at what America has become since the revolutions of the 1960s and the Reagan era. The ethos of "do your own thing," promoted by 1960s radicals and latter-day libertines, has been combined with a capitalist system all too happy to separate people from traditional commitments and to remake them instead into atomistic consumers tossed amid the "creative destruction" of the marketplace. The results have been broken families, destroyed neighborhoods, environmental degradation, and neglect of the duties one generation owes to another.
"The risk of Mr. Dreher's crunchy conservatism is its potential to become just another "lifestyle choice" that the market is perfectly happy to satisfy. Rock music can be used to sell cars, so why not country music to sell the crunchy con lifestyle? The rejection of (some types of) consumerism is itself inseparable from a free market that makes consumerism possible. Crunchy cons may end up little different from David Brooks's bourgeois bohemians, who go barely mentioned here. Crunchy cons would have their virtue and still live in enclaves of liberal cities that provide the crunchy amenities unavailable, say, in East Coast rust-belt towns."
"The risk of Mr. Dreher's crunchy conservatism is its potential to become just another "lifestyle choice" that the market is perfectly happy to satisfy."
this thought from a paragraph near then end
of the article sums up the thoughts and mental images
the review was picturing for me right thru.
i can't help thinking this "lifestyle trend" attitude
of modern,multi-culti society is a brief window in time,
like the one between the Cold War and our current geo-political situation.
humans like solving problems,
but become very itchy when they cannot define the
next boogey man planning to eat them.
and that tendency cuts across every
political and religious boundary.
there is no Utopia,
and we wouldn't trust in it
if it arrived...it's a survival mechanism,
and i believe it is quite old.