Launching a war on reality is ultimately a losing proposition—as we’re daily reminded in so many ways. The entire project of Western liberalism—including libertarianism—is in the last analysis based on the delusion that man can somehow finesse reality. We all get to make it up as we go along. That’s “who we are as Americans”, that’s the only “value” that counts—the very word “value” indicates a fundamental subjectivism, a decoupling from objective human nature. It’s taken us several hundred years, beginning in the late Middle Ages, to approach the bottom of the slippery slope, but we’re getting there.
Young 'conservatives' like this kid Barron think it's cool that Republicans have finally pushed homophobic dinosaurs outside the tent:
Three times he raises support SSM and LGBT 'rights' as one of the reasons why the real Republicans are now going to kick some GOPe ass. He's such a young little fool he doesn't know what the world was like before we all had to fake our affirmation and admiration for the poor dysphoric non-breeders. Yeah buddy. Now that we've embraced the LGBT movement America First can really put the pedal to the medal. Ain't it great that we've put those icky culture wars behind us?
I agree Dreher tends to be long-winded (and derivative, to boot). I much prefer reading Michael Brendan Dougherty — though what he’s doing at National Review is beyond me. Seems an odd fit for someone who is much more paleo- than neocon.
Meanwhile, Russia and China are standing up another world reserve currency...seems a tad more important than the identity politics and social justice tripe our intellectually crippled "elites" keep pushing.
Mark, I don't recall your policy about posting links to other blogs that lend support to a given thread - apologies in advance if you prefer otherwise - however this essay by Daniel Greenfield at his Sultan Knish blog seems particularly tuned to the thread discussion here
How about long term optimism. Your first sentence states "Launching a war on reality is ultimately a losing proposition." The reality is, and I live in New York, couples consist of one man and one woman. You see an occasional odd couple, a biologically same sex couple, but only rarely, comparatively speaking. The laws maybe favor this? I have never in my life seen such a disrespect for the laws, even extending to stopping at red lights. You gave much room for optimism in yesterday's column, "Neocon/Globalist Dream Crumbling." But even should Davos get their NWO, as individuals we will continue to live in our reality. There is an old Turkish proverb that says – 'When a clown moves in to a palace it does not make him a king, it just makes the palace a circus'