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An excellent post. Its like conservative people are soldiers wanting to follow orders blindly, and liberal people can't help themselves but take responsibility by questioning those orders. One prefers a military dictatorship, the other a democracy. Talking about professors I just discovered Cornel West - impassioned speech at -


Well, actually, I would say you're wrong. It's not that (real) conservatives aren't bookish. It's that American "conservatives" aren't really conservatives.

Real conservatives, that is, the royalists and aristocrats opposed to the French Revolution and their intellectual descendants over the following century or so, were just as literary (if not more so) than the folks on the left side of the aisle in that converted tennis court. Baudelaire. TS Eliot. Flaubert. Matthew Arnold. Rimbaud. Celine. HP Lovecraft. Nietzsche. Mishima.

However, there essentially hasn't been a single American conservative, except maybe for Henry Adams (who certainly doesn't fit into any concievable mainstream of American conservatism), who fits in with this crowd (T.S. Eliot and HP Lovecraft pretended to be Englishmen). There just isn't much "conservative" in America to defend. Where's the aristocracy, where are the old ruined monasteries, where are the faded barons of the old nobility? Instead, you have "conservatives" defending Eli Lilly and Halliburton and the suburbs of Houston and shitty country music, the precise things real conservatives hated more than anyone.

Maybe Russell Kirk. That's the best I can suggest.

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