A friend of mine who studies Classics sent me a link to a Rush Limbaugh transcript wherein Limbaugh rants against Classical Studies for thousands of words. I was going to write about it, about how strange it is that the Straussians — who love the study of ancient Greece above all else — have cast their lot in with this culture-hating oxycontin addict, but when I read it more carefully, I was unable to figure out what Limbaugh was trying to say. He likes Victor David Hansen, who studies or purports to study Classics, and he applauded a caller for sending her kids to a Catholic school where they are forced to study Latin.
I was overthinking it, Limbaugh was making fun of the study of Classics because he saw a picture of an OWS supporter who was majoring in Classical Studies. But then he likes Victor David Hansen and Catholic schools, so it’s good when they study or teach the same things.
Likewise, Elias Isquith is right that I overthought my recent anti-Bobo screed about whether Red State non-college grads were Burkean patriots or mooching, looting, strapping young bucks:
Contra DougJ’s guess, I don’t think Brooks is trying to take a swing at slothful or stupid Real Americans. He’s just desperate — as it was always evident the GOP would be — to turn Occupy into humdrum representatives of the liberal elite, alighting the fireworks of culture war in a ham-fisted attempt to distract the nation from its ongoing class-based strife. The representatives of “Red Inequality,” then, are merely collateral damage, their struggles are cited by Brooks in a cynical attempt to claim the moral high ground and implicitly damn Occupiers and the like as petty, envious, and above all narcissistic.
Cleek’s definition of conservatism is the best yet written:
today’s conservatism is the opposite of what liberals want today: updated daily.
And a corollary is that today’s conservative rhetoric must oppose whatever liberals want today, updated daily. It’s as simple as that, and persons attempting to find a more complicated motive in the narrative will be prosecuted. I’ll try not to fall into this trap so much anymore.