May 2, 2015

WHICH IS WHY THE ANGLOSPHERE HOLDS INTELLECTUALS IN CONTEMPT:

In the PEN Controversy, Lessons on Art, Politics, and Really Bad Ideas : Or, why all great writers are conservative (Liel Leibovitz, May 1, 2015, Tablet)

What I learned, in my years of orbiting the intelligentsia, wasn't that the allegedly learned and refined weren't really that refined or learned; it's that they weren't really intellectually, emotionally, or morally present at all. [...]

[G]reat writers have always been, by definition, conservative creatures who know that if we amend the terms of the social contract that binds us together "as often as there are floating fancies," then "no one generation could link with the other. Men would be little better than the flies of a summer." The quote is Edmund Burke's; the principles of true politics, he argued, "are those of morality enlarged." The same is true of true literature, whose aim is never the whims of the individual but the rhythms of society, a living writhing mass in which no one individual is ever, existentially speaking, particularly privileged. We live, we love, and we perish, connected, whether we admit it or not, to those who came before us and to those yet unborn, urged on by a single, irresistible command: continue.

And we will, even if some of our contemporary writers won't. From the true masters of the literary magic, like Herman Melville, we've learned that "mortally intolerable truth; that all deep, earnest thinking is but the intrepid effort of the soul to keep the open independence of her sea; while the wildest winds of heaven and earth conspire to cast her on the treacherous, slavish shore." Those who see literature as discourse and who find no merit in honoring those slain for their right to practice their craft have set up their ramparts on the shore; beyond it lies all that is great and good.

Even better, the only good books by liberals are conservative (see under: Maltese Falcon)

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