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  1. Alexandru

    You don’t to be a litprof(tm) on the contrary reading books and critiquing them suffices.

    First thing’s first. Let’s define our terms
    What’s right wing?
    What is conservatism?
    What are the gaps/ absences in non leftist cultural criticism?
    What are the values/ideology animate non Lefitist criticism?

    My values are informed from a theistic perspective while you’re from an atheistic one. What are the common perspectives we agree on?
    And so on.

    The biggest obstacle within the Anglosphere right/conservative is its shallowness. It doesn’t expand outside itself and take into account the German or Latin, Confusician or Eastern European traditionalism.
    As if these haven’t reflected on the human condition in the arts and have contributed nothing.

    xavier

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  2. Alex,

    I hope this comment doesn’t get eaten like the last few times I’ve tried to comment.

    In any event, I’m really excited about this new venture and am looking forward to it greatly. You are 100 percent correct that we don’t have enough serous, honest literary criticism–or even literary writing–on our side of this cultural divide. We absolutely need to occupy this space in a serious manner.

    I haven’t watched that video by The Distributist yet, but it’s on my list.

    Looking forward to what is to come here!

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    1. Alexander and Alexandru,

      To follow up. I look forward to contributing here in the comment section and try to help build a construction critique culture.

      What book do you have in mind to critique first?

      xavier

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  3. I’m not an intellect, but I enjoy reading other’s opinion. You mentioned that conservatives have not done a very good job in the culture war. Andrew Breitbart made that same observation when he started Breitbart online. I believe he did empower people to take a chance, Alonzo Rachel comes to mind. Not sure why conservatives don’t support other conservatives in the arts.

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  4. Fascinating that you should think this too. I believe you are right for several reasons (no pun intended).

    Firstly, if you are writing from a right wing perspective (regardless of slant or style) you will invariably be called out as some kind of Nazi by the militant left. They are insidious and powerful, amplified by their echo chamber forums and Facebook groups they are far more vigorous in their put downs of their adversaries than many and most right-wing activists.

    Secondly, the left has enjoyed somewhat of a renaissance this past couple of decades. They have portrayed themselves as this heroic band of rogues fighting a globalist elite that threaten their very being. Whilst simultaneously ordering no end of junk from Amazon (don’t worry Jeff Bezos is on their side so it’s ok) and enjoying the fruits of global trade such as Chinese made flannel shirts.

    Thirdly, what is centre right commentary anyway other than sound logical thought? Surely you can’t be thinking of selling common sense to people? They simply won’t stand for it!

    In jest but when jesting their is always a sliver of truth, I think you’ll agree.

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    1. AJH,

      We have to adopt their tactics. After all, the progressives put them on the table first. They’re fair play. This includes gatekeeping our own stuff and having our own cultural community.

      As far as “sound logical thought” goes . . . logic is good, but to win converts and not just preach to the choir, you have to speak to people’s emotions. That’s one thing the right has been horrible at because it’s claimed “artsy fartsy” stuff is for unserious losers and weirdos. It only SEEMS like that because the right abdicated these spaces without a fight.

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      1. I think the problems start when the right insists on maintaining undefendable stances on progressive ideas like abortion. They need to get out of the dark ages and really start clear sky thinking. It’s what the Irish did to swindle the youth population into voting for them when they came of age and it’s what the right need to start thinking about now.

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