Rod Dreher is Now Blogging at The American Conservative

This is an interesting development.

I have mixed feeling about Dreher. I think he is often misunderstood by “regular” conservatives as just another moderate RINO, which he isn’t, so I have occasionally found myself defending him. But neither is he willing to embrace full-throated paleoism. So his “crunchy conservatism” often comes off as dissenting from regular conservatism in a way that wins you points from libs and “reasonable” people (criticizing capitalism for example) without risking running afoul of the PC and/or conventional wisdom police.

 

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7 thoughts on “Rod Dreher is Now Blogging at The American Conservative

  1. Kirt Higdon

    I was totally unfamiliar with Dreher before he started writing for TAC, but I find myself agreeing with his perspective most of the time so far. I like his willingness to engage his readers and he obviously has a fairly large following. My only concern is that he seems very similar to Larison so that sort of threatens the balance of TAC.

  2. T. Chan

    Daniel Larison tends to focus mostly on foreign policy these days; he hasn’t written much about history these days. Rod Dreher I think will focus more on domestic culture and issues.

  3. Matt Weber

    “So his “crunchy conservatism” often comes off as dissenting from regular conservatism in a way that wins you points from libs and “reasonable” people (criticizing capitalism for example) without risking running afoul of the PC and/or conventional wisdom police.”

    This is pretty much spot on. Dreher is very safe for people who dissent from the establishment but don’t want any of that scary racism and stuff. He’s also, like Larison, very easy on the left and harder on the right…which of course is part of TAC’s general image problem these days. He’ll fit in well there.

  4. Kirt Higdon

    I think it’s “Rod”, not “Rob”. I’ve heard of the book Crunchy Cons before but I’ve never read it. Maybe I should. I realize you can’t judge a book by its cover, but I’m a bit put off by a cover and title as gimmicky as that one.

  5. RedPhillips Post author

    You are right about the name. I fixed it. I had a good friend named Rod, and I still called him Rob after a year of knowing him.

  6. Aaron

    I have a lot of respect for pundits who are able to keep their mouths shut and not offend their audience. (Obviously, that’s a quality I myself lack.) Lots of paleocommentators seem mostly interested in Expressing Themselves, in Showing Their True Feelings, which is kind of ironic if you think about it. Then they get bitter and resentful about being put in the corner. The Alternative Right has practically turned ressentiment into an art form.

    So if Rod Dreher is promoting a safer version of conservatism, good for him. The world needs moderates, too. Frankly, I haven’t read many of his columns because none of them really interested me. I guess he’d be the first to agree that he’s a journalist, not a Deep Thinker. But I like any self-identified conservative who doesn’t cheer for Wal-Mart and strip malls as part of some kind of class warfare.

    The affinity between the Old Right (e.g., T. S. Eliot, the Southern Agrarians) and the New Left was noted from the very beginning. Irving Kristol wrote an article about it in the early 1970s. Of course, as a neocon, he didn’t like either one. But if right-wingers can get behind New Urbanism and other “crunchy” things, what’s wrong with making friends on the left?

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