SUMMARY Ì Return of the Strong Gods

R.R. Reno ↠ 1 SUMMARY

Ect of openness has hardened into a set of anti dogmatic dogmas which destroy the social solidarity rooted in family faith and nation While they worry about the return of fascism our societies are dissolving But man will not tolerate social dissolution indefinitely He longs to be part of a “we” the fruit of shared loves which gives his life meaning The strong gods will return Reno warns in one form or another Our task is to attend to those that appealing to our reason as well as our hearts inspire the best of our traditions Otherwise we shall invite the darker gods whose return our open society was intended to forestal. Valuable for its uniuefreshunexpected treatment of Popper and certainly pressing The last 40 pages far outshine the rest of the book as its focus turns to the role of love in the political realm and they alone make it a worthy read Here s one of the most outstanding uotes But love is always eccentric It impels us outside ourselves breaking the boundaries of me centered existence Love seeks to unite with and rest in that which is moved This outflowing of the self makes love the engine of solidarity The strong gods of public life are uite simply the objects of our shared lives They are whatever arouses in us an ardor to add our destinies to that which we love Certainly worthwhile esp if one is seeking to understand the deep philosophical underpinnings of countercultural conservatism

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Return of the Strong Gods

Ould build a prosperous world without borders freed from dogmas and managed by experts But the populism and nationalism that are upending politics in America and Europe are a sign that after three generations the postwar consensus is of the Strong eBook #8608 breaking down With compelling insight R R Reno argues that we are witnessing the return of the “strong gods” the powerful loyalties that bind men to their homeland and to one another Reacting to the calamitous first half of the twentieth century our political cultural and financial elites promoted open borders open markets and open minds But this never ending proj. A maddening book most of which is intriguing but the first and last chapters are obnoxious Begins by saying that the rise of Orban Trump and the nativist right are not as threatening to him as the Southern Poverty Law Center and people who interrupt him to demand that he not criticize homosexuals and other people he would like to criticize Then moves into a worthwhile if idiosyncratic reading of Camus Derrida Friedman Hayek Popper Rawls and others who he maintains ended up creating a twentieth century consensus which he would like to refute An unusual thesis but positively argued well argued and well worth reading This is over 100 of the book s 170 pages Then he returns to stuff we must go back toward the times when men and women knew their place which is the center of society everyone has to stand up for the national anthem and on and on The last pages become surreal he gives his experience reading James Baldwin ending with a declaration that James Baldwin is his brother and then of watching a documentary about the Tuskegee Airmen These experiences do not lead him to think that maybe he should speak sensitively to or about homosexuals but do convince him that the West needs to return to the wisdom of the German writer Ernst Junger who I think has not been mentioned previously in the book and is not listed at all in the index which also omits Victor Orban who the reader can find on page XVI Junger as prophet of the twenty first century is also an unusual thesis but not as interesting as the author s ideas about the twentieth century consensus Just before the author gets to Victor Orban the author writes Perhaps I m overreacting responding to the anti fascist and anti racist hysteria of the present moment with my own hysteria One reason I wrote this book was to stem this tendency within myself So maybe having got his thoughts down on paper he will rethink some of them I myself have concerns that we are told we must read White Fragility White Rage Tears We Cannot Stop and The Half Has Never Been Told but no one is saying we need to read Strangers In Their Own Land Down at the Docks Chesapeake Reuiem or Janesville to learn about other people who have been excluded from the upper class However as the book was published I give it three stars for those who check it out of the library and read chapters 2 through 4 which I think people will all find provocative and useful and fewer stars for people who try to read the whole thing

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'Return of the Strong Gods'is a thoughtful contribution the Strong PDFEPUB #192 to American political debate It is incisively written and full of modern observations Mr Reno explains better than any book I can remember the present day progressive's paranoid fear of fascism and neurotic determination to ferret out racism where none exists  The Wall Street Journal After the staggering slaughter of back to back world wars the West Return of ePUB #192 embraced the ideal of the “open society” The promise By liberating ourselves from the old attachments to nation clan and religion that had fueled centuries of violence we c. 610Good for a mild wakeup call to the center rightcenter left but still far too centrist Made me want to say okay to a boomer a couple of times


10 thoughts on “Return of the Strong Gods

  1. says:

    610Good for a mild wakeup call to the center rightcenter left but still far too centrist Made me want to say 'okay' to a boomer a couple of time

  2. says:

    Rusty Reno editor of the prominent religious conservative journal First Things here couples an original diagnosi

  3. says:

    This one was a bit of a chore Thank God it was short 166 pages; it felt longer The first two thirds of the book were partic

  4. says:

    Excellent summary of the many problems inherent in the post war consensus that still dominates leftright anti politics politics

  5. says:

    A maddening book most of which is intriguing but the first and last chapters are obnoxious Begins by saying that the rise of Orban Trump and the nativist right are not as threatening to him as the Southern Poverty Law Center and people who interrupt him to demand that he not criticize homosexuals and other people he would like to criticize Then moves into a worthwhile if idiosyncratic reading of Camus Derrida

  6. says:

    I’d give it a 35 As with most conservative writing his analysis is on point but his prescriptions are wanting The book begins promisingly with incisive explications of the purposeful weakening or relaxing of western conv

  7. says:

    The heart of this book is an effort to explain why so many Americans elected Donald Trump to the highest political office in our nation why Brexit happened and why nationalist and populist movements are gaining momentum throughout Europe and the West generally etc Although many of our nation's elites remain befuddled and dismiss this pheno

  8. says:

    Valuable for its uniuefreshunexpected treatment of Popper and certainly pressing The last 40 pages far outshine

  9. says:

    The argument is that in the post war era there was a reaction against dogma and authoritative truth claims It was a reaction to the totalitarian movements of the war and thereafter Popper’s Open Society is the ueue for Reno”s explanation

  10. says:

    This book presents an intriguing lens through which to consider Western history for the past 80 years Surprisingly it ends on a hopeful note A thought I will keep with me the word “we” is very powerful

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