Haute Culture Conservatives

This should be worth your time: Andrew Ferguson reviews the conservative culture magazine in audio format called Mars Hill Audio Journal. The demographics of Ricochet and Mars Hill overlap a lot, I’d guess.

Is it true conservatives have mostly surrendered to today’s cultural relativism?

The indifference among conservatives toward beauty and order​—​toward ar…


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  1. DrewInWisconsin
    Fredösphere:

    I ain’t got no problem with a hierarchy of aesthetic judgments, but . . . many attempts to define the hierarchy disappoint.

    I think that’s it right there. I suspect that most conservatives — most people — would agree that there’s a limit to the ol’ “eye of the beholder” argument, but they lack the vocabulary to defend their positions.

    Here’s a word that can go back into circulation: harmony.

  2. Percival
    Fredösphere

    Bach .  .  . Chrissie Hynde .  .  . who’s to say who’s lovelier?

     

    That’s situational: is this a Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring-kind of day, or a “hey, ho, where’d you go Ohio”-kind of day?

  3. Fredösphere
    DrewInWisconsin

    Fredösphere:

    I ain’t got no problem with a hierarchy of aesthetic judgments, but . . . many attempts to define the hierarchy disappoint.

    I think that’s it right there. I suspect that most conservatives — mostpeople– would agree that there’s a limit to the ol’ “eye of the beholder” argument, but they lack the vocabulary to defend their positions.

    Here’s a word that can go back into circulation: harmony. · 19 hours ago

    Drew, care to expand? I’m not sure what you mean by that last sentence.

  4. Thanks, Fredo. Very much worth my time! I hadn’t heard of Mars Hill Audio Journal, but I’m a member now. Really enjoyed the podcast interview with Makoto Fujimura. This is the kind of voice I know was out there, but didn’t know where to look. This is why I love Ricochet. Such blessed discoveries rain down on me when I visit here. Thanks again.  

  5. Louie Mungaray (Squishy Blue RINO)

    I have been a subscriber since the early 90′s, they came on cassettes back then. 

    So very rich, where to start?

    Find Dr. Rahe’s interview on Soft Despotism and learn why American Progressivism is rooted in a peculiarly American form of Christian heresy.

    Or Google up the fellow who figured out that each volume of the Narnia series corresponds to the characteristics of the seven planets in medieval cosmology.

    Gene Veith on Vocation, Amy and Leon Kass on love and Courtship, VDH on the demise of the classics.

    I never considered it MHAJ to be conservative, certainly not politically, and culturally I always found it thoughtful or inquisitive, certainly not decided and defensive.


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