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Crunchy Con book & blog

UPDATE 3/10/06 15:15: Since this post is receding pretty far into the past and there is a newer on the same subject, I’m closing comments here–please comment on this post if you want to continue the discussion.

–mh

I don’t know if I’m going to be able to start any comment on this without first pointing out that I consider "crunchy" a rather unfortunate term. But, setting that aside, Rod Dreher’s book Crunchy Cons, which is about conservatives concerned with many of the same things that Caelum et Terra was/is, was released yesterday. As I’ve mentioned before, I was interviewed for it, so to some extent at least the CetT point of view is represented. National Review has a blog specifically devoted to the book and the topic. Some pretty interesting commentary there already. I think the most crucial point, and one which I venture to say everyone who ever liked CetT would agree with, is made by David Mills (actually on the Touchstone blog but quoted on NR):

"[The Christian] doesn’t begin with a primary allegiance to ‘freedom’—an infinitely
elastic idea—rather than virtue as a social good. He begins with
virtue and all it represents and makes his economic decisions by its
principles and on most matters, on which traditionalist principle does
not direct one to any particular policy, prudentially."

No further remarks from me on the topic right now, as I was really hoping to finish reading that article on Christopher Dawson today (link in post below). And besides, I haven’t read the book yet.

Maclin Horton

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