Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Have You Now, Or Ever Been . . .

Richard H. Reeb of the Claremont Institute fingers Daniel Larison as a thoughtcriminal:
Larison is a Ph.D. student in Byzantine History at the University of Chicago, who writes at Polemics and Enchiridion Militis. He has also written for Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture. These credentials, not to mention his criticism, show him to be a certified paleocon.

Hmmm. Where does one go to become a "certified" paleocon? Rockford, I guess. Perhaps it involves some sort of ceremony with Thomas Fleming and/or Pat Buchanan. I have been writing for Chronicles for more than eight years now and I still haven't been certified yet.

3 comments:

Scott P. Richert said...

The ceremony is very long and involved, but very beautiful. Think of the final scenes from Peggy Sue Got Married. If you'll come up here to Rockford in October for the annual meeting of the John Randolph Club and our celebration of the 30th anniversary of Chronicles, we'll make sure you're properly initiated.

Don't tell Mr. Reeb, but Daniel is commuting up here every day this week to take part in our ninth annual Summer School, on agrarianism in America, from Jefferson to Wendell Berry (two other well-known thoughtcriminals). If that doesn't make him a certified (or is it certifiable?) paleocon, I don't know what does.

Clark said...

Just be careful that you don't wind up in some sort of Claremont/Homeland Security Reeducation Camp where, to the strains of Garth Brooks' "We Shall Be Free," you are forced to endlessly recite that "The Declaration applies to all men at all times . . . The Declaration applies to all men at all times . . ."

Daniel Larison said...

The symbolism of the ceremony is very powerful, but, of course, I'm not allowed to talk about it in detail. I can show you my certificate, if you like...

The summer school was excellent, and I am looking forward to the paroxysms of confusion and horror that will engulf the usual suspects when I start talking about the wide diffusion of land ownership.