Plumb Lines

February 18, 2009

Re: Acid, Abortion, and Asphalt

Filed under: Uncategorized — Keith Staples @ 11:07 am

Matt’s post is stimulating. One caveat:  I wouldn’t want to neglect efforts to make the suburbs less atomized. For instance, a half-mile stretch of suburbia populated exclusively by several generations of Joneses, Smiths and Smith-Joneses and featuring two or three sizeable family gardens would represent a delightful updating of the old family  estate. Official or unofficial corporate ownership of that kind could make suburban plenty true abundance, rather than excess.

But Matt is right to say that revitalizing the city could well help revitalize conservatism. One small “tactical” point: Young families should do their best to live close to each other for moral and material support. It’s romantic to charge the enemy’s citadel, but parents’ first responsibility is to their children. The modern megapolis is at present too  inhospitable to family life to risk going it alone.

-Keith Staples

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