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Crunchy Cons

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{Nature_and_Environment.98.5}: Julien Peter Benney {taite} Sun, 25 Apr 2010 11:42:20 CDT (21 lines)

One notable thing about crunchy cons is that they recognise that the
original counterculture of the 1960s was not “liberal” or even
“radical” in many ways.

Beats Kerouac and Rexroth were Catholics, albeit of a type that
frequently acknowledged even mortal sins as a form of grace, following
on from Julian of Norwich in “Revelations of Divine Love”. Many
hippies were very fascinated by highly traditional forms of
Christianity and/or practitioners thereof, primarily because they saw
in the Distributists especially a working model of living "back to the
land". It is from this root that “cruncy conservatives” seek to build
a locally based society based around family-centric work and
education.

In fact, the communalism of the hippies contrasted with the radical
individualism and radical egalitarianism of the punks of the late
1970s in a very firm manner. People like Rod Dreher and his allies at
“Front Porch Republic” recognise how the radical break with Western
Civilisation was really created not in the Sixties, but in the late
seventies and eighties as punk and then rap gradually worked their way
into popular consciousness.

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