The Return of Rod Dreher

The Return of Rod Dreher November 1, 2011

After a lengthy blogging exile during his tenure at the Templeton Foundation, Rod Dreher is back and blogging professionally, and still one of the best in the business.  The sheer amount of content Rod produces is mind boggling.

If it’s been a while since you’ve read Dreher’s blog, or if you never have, check out this latest on science and consciousness, this discussion of the Occupy Wall Street protests, and this great piece on Herman Cain’s press conference on the sexual harassment charges: “Herman Cain, Saving America from LSD.”  The latter begins with these great lines:

Really, after this performance today at the National Press Club, people should stop using psychedelic drugs. What’s the point?

It’s nice to have you back, Rod.

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  • John Haas

    I don’t even have time to read all he writes. I do not know how he does it. And it’s very good, too.

    Also at the American Conservative site is “Eunomia,” Daniel Larison’s blog–mostly about foreign policy, another must-read.

  • Gina

    Looks like he’s withdrawn the jab about psychedelic drugs.

  • Make sure you read Brian’s comment to Rod’s blog about Cain, and how Rod acknowledges his slight and changes his post as a result. To cut in at the end of Cain’s speech with no context (and the specific request for him to sing) is pretty unfair. I’m not a big Cain fan, but let’s not misrepresent candidates by pulling out a 1-minute clip of his/her talk.

    • John Haas

      Cain is a “candidate”? Please.

      • Gina

        Which requirement of being a candidate does he not fulfill?

        • John Haas

          All the metaphysical ones.

  • If you answer a matter before you hear it, it is folly and shame to you (Proverbs 18:13). Dreher hardly covered himself in glory with his comments, including his comments in the thread before he saw the whole context. “His own version of Amazing Grace”???? Come on, Rod, you can do better than that.

    If Dreher had responded with integrity, he wouldn’t have simply withdrawn his comments in the post where he made them, which was already off the front page of his blog, and wouldn’t be seen by many people. Colour me unimpressed.

    As for Cain, he comes across as entirely genuine, which is refreshing, whether he’d make a good president or not. In a week where we’ve been hearing about seminarians who weren’t particularly genuine, it’s good to see someone who appears to actually believe what he says. We could use more of that, in politics and elsewhere.

    • Dreher has now addressed it again with a more balanced statement. Good for him.

  • John Haas

    Our good buddy Rod chimes in, just in time:

    “… the top candidate for the Republican nomination a year from election day is a charming businessman with no political experience, who knows nothing about the world (and makes jokes about his own ignorance), and who is given over to camping it up on the campaign trail. … Expertise does not guarantee wisdom. But that doesn’t mean the amateurism puts us on the side of the angels, either. You wouldn’t trust an amateur to spay your cat or to give you sound investment advice for your 401(K) — yet there are millions of Republians who think an avuncular amateur like Herman Cain would do a great job as president of the United States, or at least a better job than Jon Huntsman, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, or anybody else on offer who has actually worked in politics. I’m not thrilled with these choices either, but come on, what is wrong with us?”