Posted by Charity on October 21st, 2006

A while back, She’s Right reader VermontPaleocon, who now is actually a New York Paleocon, opined that I might be a Crunchy Con because I am into natural and organic food, beauty products, cleaners, and so forth.

He suggested I check out Rod Dreher’s book, “Crunchy Cons: How Birkenstocked Burkeans, gun-loving organic gardeners, evangelical free-range farmers, hip homeschooling mamas, right-wing nature lovers, … America (or at least the Republican Party)” – whew, that’s a long title.

I immediately logged-on to the Fletcher Free Library website – which if you are a Burlingtonian and are not using this awesome feature that allows you to manage your account online, you should be – and looked it up. It was out, so I put it on hold and I was second in the queue.

The funny thing is that in the mean time, others have suggested that I am a crunchy con. I had never even heard the word, but then again, I am not hardcore into conservative punditry. I mean I am certainly into doing it, just not so much into reading it. I browse Town Hall once or twice a week, but that’s about it. But, Town Haller’s are not crunchy cons for the most part.

I read a great comment on another blog the other day, unfortunately I can’t remember which one, where someone recommended the book and followed with, “I am too liberal for the Republicans, too libertarian for the Democrats, and too conservative for the Libertarians.” That’s how I feel, so I was excited to get the book.

Finally, after months, I have it in my possession. I have only started it, but I will write up my thoughts about it when I finish it.

Dreher has a Crunchy Con blog, too, but it talks about religion a lot, so I haven’t been able to figure out if I am a Crunchy Con. I am “religious,” though I hate that word because to me, religion is man-made expectations about what God wants us to do, but that is a totally different topic for another day. I think Dreher’s point is that conservative religious people should be crunchy granolas, too, because that lifestyle is a natural extension of faith. I fully agree with that statement – that it is a natural extension of faith, not that everyone has to be that way – so I probably will agree with what Dreher has to say in the book.

I guess this post doesn’t really say much except: I might be a Crunchy Con; I’ll tell you when I finish the book. I was just thinking about it when I responded to some comments Bob the Optimizer made on the previous post about Wal-Mart, so I thought I would blog about it.

Hey, come on. It’s Saturday morning. You can’t really expect me to post anything profound, can you?

2 Responses to “Am I a Crunchy Con?”

  1. Glad to see you finally have been able to read the book. Dreher’s thesis is great, but not really new as it has been advocated for years by conservative writers and thinkers like Wendell Berry, Russell Kirk, Richard Weaver, the British Distributists, the Southern Agrarians, and others. On a side note I was in Tattersall’s in Downtown Rutland recently talking to a friend and she and I came a startling realization: we both like to support local businesses and subscribe to a small is beautiful philosophy, we both appreciate traditional cultures (even though as a militant Catholic I do tend to think that mine is the one true faith), and we both find conservation and environmental protection as important expressions of true conservatism. More and more I find myself sympathetic to arguments of the Left, although I will continue to reject their secular humanism and sexual liberationism.

    By the way, things in New York are going great. When I get I get the chance I will update my blog.

  2. I prefer to identify myself as a Chewy Con…