Neo-Traditionalism, Community, and the Post-Postmodern Gentleman


Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Bob says:

    I read Rod Dreher occasionally, so I’m really not sure what “crunchy conservatism” means. But I’m guessing it referrers to a sort of situational definition of conservatism. Your discussion of tradition vs. modernity seem to fit that description, that is, what works for me in this time, this place, this situation. I doubt you are advocating all families ditch there TV sets, but ditching the TV and keeping the computer seem a small step either forward or backword. It seems to be running in place, but that is just my thinking. It works for you, and more to the point, reading to your daughter is an unquestionable good. Keep it up.

    If I am wrong about the definition of “crunchy” none of the above is relevant to your post. If, on the other hand, I’m close on the definition, aren’t you and Rod just arguing for a practical, situational, resolution of actions? And that sounds pretty liberal to me, liberal in the sense of maximizing freedoms, choices.

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  2. Avatar matoko_chan says:

    What I’d like to add to Scott’s theme of “Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should”…

    Let me fix that for you, cher.
    What I’d like to add to Scott’s theme of “Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should” BUT somebody will.
    So as a pragmatist/realist, the implication is that we must adapt to actions we would never have taken ourselves.Report

  3. Avatar E.D. Kain says:

    Bob, Dreher’s “crunchy con” theme is sort of granola-conservatives–think socially conservative hippies. I think my take is slightly more practical than Rod’s because he advocates such a move toward pre-modernism, whereas Scott and myself and others advocate more of a balanced approach.Report

  4. Avatar Bob says:

    E.D. Thanks for the clarification, but you ask me to “think socially conservative hippies.” Far out, man! But it’s going to take a big fucking doobie to help get my head around that concept. Peace Out Dude!Report