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The Meme That Will Not Die

Jonah, we are men and women before we are conservatives, and that is what fiction is about.

Now I can think of novels that address particular situations that are of special interest to conservatives–the passing of old orders, etc. But such discussions almost instantly deteriorate into endless wangles about minor aspects of great writers (what does Dostoyevsky think of democracy?), or blow-the-man-down assertions that self-reliance or realism or [insert favorite virtue] are the property of conservatives.

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