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Those of you who read National Review may be aware of this very encouraging development, which has been in progress for a couple of years now. Rod Dreher, who is currently editorial page editor (I think) at the Dallas Morning News, and was previously at NR, came up with the above term to describe a strain of conservativism which varies from the conventional in ways that are very simpatico with Caelum et Terra. And he’s about to publish a book on the phenomenon: 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)
.

Rather than attempt to summarize Dreher’s thesis, let me just direct you to this 2002 NR piece. Here’s a key quote: "There are four basic areas that are touchstones for crunchy conservatives: Religion, the Natural World, Beauty, and Family." 

Rod interviewed me for the book (I’m not sure exactly how I came to his attention–I remember emailing him when he was at NR and saying that he ought to check out C&T, so maybe that was it). Anyway, on the basis of my correspondence with him I can say that he definitely shares many views found among C&T readers and writers.

Unfortunately the book won’t be out till February, but it is finished and has been accepted by the publisher.

Maclin Horton

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