Sunday, February 26, 2006

The Crunchy Con Manifesto

If you've already read my Crunchy Con post (see below), here are Rob's 10 points of the "Crunchy Con Manifesto":

1) We are conservatives who stand outside the conservative mainstream; therefore we can see things that matter more clearly.

2) Modern conservatism has become too focused on money, power, and the accumulation of stuff, and insufficiently concerned with the content of our individual and social character.

3) Big business deserves as much skepticism as big government

4) Culture is more important than politics and economics.

5) A conservatism that does not practice restrain, humility and good stewardship-- especially of the natural world-- is not fundamentally conservative.

6) Small, Local, Old and Particular are almost always better than Big, Global, New and Abstract.

7) Beauty is more important than efficiency.

8) The relentlessness of media-driven pop culture deadens our sense to authentic truth,b beauty, and wisdom.

9) We share Russell Kirk's conviction that "the institution most essential to conserve is the family."

10) Politics and economics will not save us. If we are to be saved at all, it will be through living faithfully by the Permanent Things, preserving these ancient truths in the choices we make in everyday life. In this sense, to conserve is to create anew.

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