Posted by Joseph Knippenberg
Actually, Catholicism in and on suburbia, but I couldn’t resist the title. Patrick Deneen’s long post is worth reading. My comments and Jon Schaff’s are posted at the site. We await interventions from others.
The old ethnic, urban neighborhoods these people pine for hardly exist anymore as viable options. One could also pine for the days of the old urban machine, Tammany Hall and the like. More constructive, perhaps, to understand the honorable human motives that caused people to leave both of these things behind. Much of suburbia leaves much to be desired. The Catholic traditionalist Russell Kirk understood that perfectly well. But he also believed that "America's British Culture," as he called it, included the principle that the nuclear family, as distinct from the tribe or the village, was the fundamental unit of society. Yearning for old-country ways is the kind of hyphenated Americanism that Teddy Roosevelt warned us about so presciently 100 years ago.
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