Monday, November 8, 2010

James Kalb Gets Back to Basics

Suggesting that "a conservative canon would include texts that tell us what's wrong with egalitarianism, technocracy, materialism, moral subjectivism, and hedonism, and how better things can be attained, with an emphasis on the role of tradition" — Canonical Questions. Among the "books that have helped me personally understand the present situation" are:
    A voyage to the East: the Analects of Confucius, the Tao Te-Ching, and the Chuangtse present vistas of non-technocratic thought, prompted in part by the fascists and utilitarian socialists of the time. They also cover the importance and limitations of cultural tradition and the importance of the unstated and unknowable. What topics could be more relevant to our present situation?

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