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Friday, December 02, 2005


Crunchy Cons by Rod Dreher
I'm really looking forward to this book. Here's a bullet point summary of his definition of crunchy conservatism:
1. We are conservatives who stand outside the conservative mainstream; therefore, we can see things that matter more clearly.

2. Modern conservatism has become too focused on money, power, and the accumulation of stuff, and insufficiently concerned with the content of our individual and social character.

3. Big business deserves as much skepticism as big government.

4. Culture is more important than politics and economics.

5. A conservatism that does not practice restraint, humility, and good stewardship—especially of the natural world—is not fundamentally conservative.

6. Small, Local, Old, and Particular are almost always better than Big, Global, New, and Abstract.

7. Beauty is more important than efficiency.

8. The relentlessness of media-driven pop culture deadens our senses to authentic truth, beauty, and wisdom.

9. We share Russell Kirk’s conviction that “the institution most essential to conserve is the family.”
Crunchy conservatism might be the route to a secure conservative majority. I'm sure most honest liberals would find themselves in agreement with these principles.

Comments:
"Honest liberal", is that an oxymoron? :-)
 

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