Rod Dreher

The Benedict Option & the Barbarians at the Gate

By |2019-01-27T15:30:19-05:00June 25th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Community, Culture, John Horvat, Rod Dreher, St. Benedict, Timeless Essays|

If we truly desire the Benedict Option, then let us not withdraw from modernity, for strategic retreats easily turn into routs. Let us rather engage our neo-barbarian culture by both cultivating our Benedictine identity when projecting Boniface’s strength. It is the only option… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity [...]

Conservative Minds: The Disconnect Between Duck Dynasty and Dante

By |2015-02-07T16:16:04-05:00February 7th, 2015|Categories: Classical Education, Classics, Culture, Education, Homeschooling, Rod Dreher|Tags: |

Years ago, when my wife and I first committed to homeschooling our kids, we caught hell from my sister, a public schoolteacher. Most of her objections were familiar to us, and we had answers for them. One we did not see coming, though: her utter lack of sympathy for our interest in a pedagogy [...]

Encountering Dante

By |2019-09-24T12:17:13-05:00December 2nd, 2014|Categories: Books, Dante, Rod Dreher|Tags: |

I was late coming to Dante. Never read him in high school or college, and after my formal education ended with my bachelor’s degree, why on earth would I have bothered? As a professional journalist, I read voraciously, but a seven-hundred-year-old poem by a medieval Catholic was not high on my list. And then, [...]

Roger Scruton on Modern Political Conservatism

By |2017-06-22T13:22:49-05:00October 18th, 2014|Categories: Conservatism, Rod Dreher, Roger Scruton|

  From a fascinating interview with Roger Scruton in Prospect: Related to this is the emphasis you place on what you call the “first-person plural,” a phrase that occurs several times in the book.Yes. Ultimately, political order does not generate itself. For that reason, social contract theories are suspended in mid-air, so to speak. All political order [...]

Following the Footsteps of Dante’s Paradiso

By |2014-10-04T12:37:09-05:00October 4th, 2014|Categories: Books, Dante, Rod Dreher|

I told my wife the other day that blogging these last few cantos of Paradiso feels like trying to scale the sheer summit of a mountain. This is hard stuff! But, we press on. I’m dedicated to finishing blogging Inferno before I leave for Florence at month’s end. First, we have to finish Paradiso. I’m thinking that [...]

Story Lines, Not Party Lines

By |2019-07-23T12:39:14-05:00August 8th, 2013|Categories: Art, Conservatism, Moral Imagination, Rod Dreher|Tags: |

Here’s a story for you. For years I devoted much of my journalism—op-eds, blogs, even a book about cultural politics—to lamenting the rootlessness of American life and prescribing solutions for it from within the conservative intellectual tradition. Yet I never quite found the wherewithal to live as I preached. It’s as if I didn’t [...]

The Rout Of Traditionalist Conservatism

By |2014-01-05T20:46:56-05:00November 17th, 2012|Categories: Books, Conservatism, Rod Dreher, Russell Kirk|Tags: |

Russell Kirk In his column, David Brooks cites Russell Kirk’s Ten Principles of Conservative Thought, and reflects on how American conservatism has left Kirkian traditionalist conservatism in the ditch. Excerpt: The economic conservatives were in charge of the daring ventures that produced economic growth. The traditionalists were in charge of establishing the secure [...]