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.
The above is a G.K. Chesterton quote. Prof. Deneen considers Chesterton's essay, What I Saw in America. A quote:
In Chesterton’s eyes, democracy and Christianity shared similar worldviews, and with the rise of religious doubt, he believed, one could expect to see a concomitant rise in doubts about the prospects of local self-governance, and instead increasing reliance upon experts and elites, in bureaucratic structures, in a growing divide between the rich and poor and the triumph of abstraction over “reality” (WA, 257-263).
Peter Lawler at The Ashbrook Center offered some response to Deneen's piece, and Deneen responded to Lawler's piece here.
That sort of scholarly exchange is a wonderful example of what blogs have to offer. In the pre-internet world, that exchange would have been by letter, and only the two people involved would have had the chance to read them.