David Brooks on the Conservative Divide re: the election

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David Brooks on the Conservative Divide re: the election

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Dez 7, 2012, 9:52am

“Traditional conservatism has gone into eclipse.”

It hasn’t really – it has retreated to its radical (meaning here root) institutions of family, church, community. Or, perhaps, Brooks’ metaphor works in that pundits and politicians cannot or refuse to see traditional conservatism where it lives and works: in the home, on the streets, in the church basements and soup kitchens, at the local food banks and community gardens. As a political movement it is no longer ascendant, true, but it isn’t dead yet. Not by a long stretch.

(I am re-reading Dorothy Day’s The Long Loneliness , along with my two boys who are reading it in theology this year. Perfect post-election reading, as it turns out.)

Dez 31, 2012, 11:21am


Dorothy Day, as you may know, was an anarchist. Not exactly a "conservative" in any conventional sense.