Tag Archives: Rod Dreher

St. Benedict For Me, But Not For Thee

In yesterday’s Amconmag, Rod Dreher explains that “I think it is time to consider legal action at the federal level to compel vaccination.”

Setting aside the merits of vaccines themselves, I think it is astounding that the man who developed the “Benedict Option” is so willing to use the power of the government…the Federal government no less, to enforce his utopian ideals.

It is astounding that the man who, in the context of forced acceptance of homosexuality in the corporate workplace, once said:

 It doesn’t take a paranoid to see where this is going. It just takes someone who has worked for a corporation, and who has seen how powerful the phrase “hostile work environment” can be. It’s not “persecution.” But it is something. And it is real.

Now, in another context, says:

 Aside from legal action, we are going to have to make anti-vaxx a culturally unacceptable viewpoint to hold.

I think a concise refutation of Dreher (a man who once claimed to be as mistrustful of big business as he was of big government) comes from commenter “Tommy” commenting in Dreher’s original article:

… if vaccines become law. I certainly wouldn’t put it past congressmen who are buddied up with pharma lobbyists to require unnecessary vaccines that will, in the end, be a boon to pharma and a boon to said congressmen.

The mechanisms for enforcement Dreher and his readers advocate include social ostracism, employment discrimination, and travel restrictions. But Dreher’s own “Law of Merited Impossibility” would dictate that “Medical Kidnappings” aren’t out of the question.

Look, this is coming. This is the new world. This is post-Christian America. You will hear the Law of Merited Impossibility people yelling that this will never happen, but when it does, you people will deserve it, to try to shout down your concerns, and to hide from themselves the illiberal truth of what they’re doing. But it’s happening, and you had better get ready for it, and get your children ready for it, because the people driving this thing believe so strongly in their own virtue. Error has no rights. — Rod Dreher

Not With a Bang, But a Duck Call

Rod Dreher today revisits the difference between paleoconservatives and everybody else:

“My conservatism is primarily cultural, social, and intellectual. Hers was also cultural and social, but it was more temperamental than intellectual… she had a reflexive disdain for intellectualism. She saw it as an effete indulgence at best”

I see this coming and going. Even people who have every cultural reason to be paleoconservative (traditional Catholics, for instance) enthusiastically support the establishment agenda because they, as Red once put it, don’t understand the philosophy behind what the brand of conservatism they have bought into.

Not us, though. We paleos are doomed to see and understand. What is our reward, Rod?

Hence the pathos of those intellectual conservatives… they encounter liberalism articulated with a cultural sophistication that, even if it doesn’t seduce them, amplifies the alienation they feel from their own tribe.

A very eloquent was of describing the red pill, isn’t it? He describes the consequences of those who have chosen to remain on the “blue pill” team eloquently as well:

And whether consciously or not, they embraced a right-of-center version of emotivism: the idea that feelings are a reliable and sufficient guide to truth and right conduct.

That is pure Palinism, yes? She has good “instincts”…

Dreher’s call to action, other than a generic recommendation to “engage”, is quite a decent idea…. one can look for ideological allies among the private Classical Christian schools that have begun to be crop up. Not a bad insight.

But for a really inspiring call to arms, for a true reminder of why we fight, I had to dust off the June 2006 issue of Chronicles, which is not available online. In it, Chilton Williamson Jr. writes:

“Whoever wishes to defend and preserve our disintegrating civilization ought to minimize his time spent with the news and devote the hours saved to reading poetry and literature; listening to the great composers and studying great works of art; filling his house with the finest furniture, china, silverware, and crystal he can afford; giving elegant dinners for his friends and other like-minded acquaintances in short, refining himself as a work of high civilization and establishing his household as civilization in miniature.

Better yet, he should set aside the propaganda, half-truths, and outright lies of which most of the news consists and turn his hand to painting a picture, composing a string quartet, writing a novel, and doing it without thought of fame, fortune, or influence. Good and honest work, like civilization itself, is its own reward, with effects that radiate, like an act of charity, infinitely through the universe.”