1. […] on his website Opus Publicum, points out where the author of that article goes wrong. Read it. And be sure to familiarize yourself with Dreher’s “Benedict Option” writ large. […]

  2. gregorystackpole
    May 11, 2016

    There is probably a connection, but, if anything, the “Benedict Option” is a symptom of a larger pattern that Trump plugs into.

    1. Aethelfrith
      May 11, 2016

      Which is?

      1. gregorystackpole
        May 12, 2016

        I really don’t know. If I were to simply guess, I’d say it’s the loss of what is public, a breakdown of institutions that transmit a unifying culture, gross dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs, an inability to articulate dissatisfaction with a public language that can build non-factional consensus; all this coupled with either a readiness to retreat from discourse (which so few know how to engage in to find what is common and unifying in the first place), or else a cavalier attempt to remove the perceived problems by brute tactics. Either way, one revises one’s environment.

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