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Wednesday, August 20, 2003

I wrote this to a friend late one night:

"Imagine this diagram, with a politcal affiliation and a representative politician, and the admittedly gross generalizations that follow:

Hillary Clinton

George Bush

Ralph Nader

Pat Buchanan

Hillary and Ralph are Leftists.
George and Pat are Rightists.

Hillary and George are insiders.
Ralph and Pat are outsiders.

Hillary and Ralph are anti-Church.
George and Pat are pro-Church.

Hillary and George are pro-status quo.
Ralph and Pat are anti-status quo.

Hillary and George are happy in the suburbs.
Ralph and Pat are not.

Hillary and George might bump into each other at McDonald's.
Ralph and Pat might bump into each other at a family-owned restaurant.

Hillary shares some ideas with both Ralph and George, but is completely opposed to Pat.
George shares some ideas with both Pat and Hillary, but is completely opposed to Ralph.

The point here is that the Radical and the Traditionalist, while divided on several key points share more than they think.

The "Small is Beautiful" maxim is both Radical and Traditionalist, as are Organic Farming, Distributivism, the Agrarian Movement, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, the Arts-and-Crafts Movement, Food Coops, the anti-Globalization Movement, the anti-Free Trade Movement, Protectionism, Isolationism, Communes, Kibbutzes, Henry George, Christianity, etc."

These ideas come from an excellent article by Peter Kreeft entitled The Politics of Architecture in the November 1996 issue of First Things, which in turn was based on the ideas of John Courtney Murray.