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Tuesday, February 21, 2006


CrunchyCon on National Review Online
NationalReview.com has a new blog devoted to Rod Dreher's book Crunchy Cons: How Birkenstocked Burkeans, gun-loving organic gardeners, evangelical free-range farmers, hip homeschooling mamas, right-wing nature lovers, and their diverse tribe of countercultural conservatives plan to save America (or at least the Republican Party), which promises to be an interesting read as it focuses on the conflict within the Conservative movement between "those for whom the highest social good is freedom — the emancipation of the self from statist restraint and oppressive custom — and those for whom the highest social good is virtue: the formation of character, the cultivation of the soul" as George Nash, author of "The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America" put it in his review on OpinionJournal.com, which I'll read and link to later today. (Both Dreher and I come down on the side of formation of character and cultivation of the soul, BTW.)

I've got the book on order and allegedly in the mail from Amazon.com. I have to finish Jesse Helm's memiors first (I hate reading two books at once), but once I do, I'll be eagerly reading this book.

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