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Scourge of the elites

miller_fullChristopher Lasch was a fearless iconoclast who defied left and right labels. Love him or loathe him, you need to grapple with his ideas if you want to understand today’s big political and moral debates.

Read my review of Eric Miller's Hope in a Scattering Time: A Life of Christopher Lasch, published in the spiked review of books, here.

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  • Congratulations on such an excellent article. Having read or skimmed most of Lasch's major titles, and yet finding myself over the years slowly arriving at other conclusions ideologically (quite diverse but generally conservative, except on economics), and all the while deeply appreciating Lasch's genius is a difficult balance. Hey, getting onto the front page of Arts and Letters Daily may bring you some new fans - like me! Your thoughtful piece on Lasch rang true for me, and that is really saying something, as I rarely find writers/bloggers who strike me as having high intellectual integrity while also demonstrating truly moderate politics (that is, accepting the reality that there are keen insights on the left, and on the right, and obviously in the center; I picked up on these subtle tones in what you wrote - perhaps I am simply wrong). Am I right? Have I found a kindred spirit? I am an experienced academic (vagabond adjunct), detest most research/academia, am a fan of our (relatively few) great public intellectuals, and (obviously?) am a poor writer. But I can and will over time demonstrate that I have some good ideas too - I just need somebody's work to bounce off of, and if your Lasch article is representative, then I am delighted to discover somebody else who can appreciate the best of many (ideologically) different kinds of social thinkers. Curious if you find this note pleasing. Regardless, I shall return soon and read another of your pieces and then offer another reply. -David/conservativedemocrat@yahoo.com

  • Sean, I just read your fine review of the Christopher Lasch bio. Thanks for raising the visibility of Miller's book. I completely missed it and I'm quite tuned in to the poltical/financial/culture literary scene. I'm a long-time admirer of Lasch (have first edition copies of all of his books), and am so glad his prescient views are still being circulated. I'll make a point of visiting your blog.

    BTW, I read your review on Arts & Letters Daily, a reprint from Spike.com.

  • David and Pat - Thanks to both for your complimentary words

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