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Fair Enough

Rod, I forgot about the Kirk and Tolkien stuff. My apologies.

As for not being a new movement, that’s not the way it’s read to me in the past. If it’s all about reclaiming the roots of conservatism, that’s cool. Why not flip the argument around and claim that mainstream conservatism has strayed in a new direction while “real” conservatism needs to be rekindled? This is the traditional (!) way conservatives hash these sorts of arguments out. In this formulation it certainly reads to me as not only something new and a pushing-off of traditional conservatism, but often a triangulation effort to adopt certain popular leftwing positions and assumptions. Indeed, on that note, I just saw your Crunchy Con reprint in the Utne Reader!

Oh, and by the way, anyone out there who might be worried that I’m hostile to Rod, fear not. Rod’s still family.

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