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We conservatives have gotten this wrong

October 10, 2009

“You know, I think we’ve really gotten this wrong as conservatives. I think that we have been so engaged in politics, and putting all our hopes for cultural change in politics, that we’ve completely ignored the value of culture, and building up cultural institutions….If we on the right would be more engaged in culture, and think that culture is more than just [a] mock-up of whatever pop music the Evangelicals can come up with, and more than just saying no to whatever pop culture throws up there, if we can actually get engaged in more creative endeavors at a very deep level, and loving art for the sake of art, then maybe we might get somewhere in this culture. I can’t see that electing Republicans over and over again has managed to conserve anything.”

-Rod Dreher, a columnist for The Dallas Morning News, in conversation with Krista Tippett

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