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Tuesday, October 19, 2004
I'm about to begin reading David Brooks' Bobos in Paradise. I've been meaning to read it ever since the initial controversy over crunchy conservatism. (see here and here)

My renewed interest in the book was prompted by my daily drives through downtown Tuscaloosa. Just off campus, there are blocks and blocks of beautiful restored old homes. Many of these homes are very expensive, the driveways filled with Audis and Volvos. None of my friends live in these neighborhoods, but a quick drive through the area will demonstrate that these houses are unique and creative, if not downright cool. What is noticable, though not a surprise, is the presence of a Kerry/Edwards sign in most of the yards. A quick drive out to the subdivisions built around golf courses with expansive lots on Lake Tuscaloosa will show you where the Bushies live. I'm not sure what I think of this, but it's not all that encouraging, frankly. Recall this Peter Kreeft article about the politics of architecture and design.

I'm quite sure there is no easy solution here, but I think it would help if liberals realized they had not cornered the market on authenticity. Likewise, conservatives should acknowledge that a refusal to live in the suburbs or wave the banner for Wal-Mart is not an automatic sign of pretentiousness or socialism.
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