MAY 2012 ISSUE

Vol. 1, No. 5: May 2012

Epistolary Foreword  Holgrave

CRITICISM

The Hipster Conservative and the Future — Holgrave

Why “Helplessness Blues” is the Most Important Song of My Generation — David Somerville

DOGGEREL

Bock — Bede Adulescens

Elegy for a Daughter of the State — Holgrave

LAST THOUGHTS

Bertrand de Jouvenel: On Obligations

G.K. Chesterton: “The rich are always modern”

The Hipster Conservative and the Future

Douglas Haddow writes in Adbusters Magazine, “The hipster represents the end of Western civilization – a culture so detached and disconnected that it has stopped giving birth to anything new.” Conservatism often inspires similar spite from modern liberals, technologists, and neo-conservatives. In The Future and its Enemies (1998), Virginia Postrel characterized people of a conservative disposition—“reactionaries” and “stasists” she calls them—as opposing the increase of knowledge and improvement of human life (“progress”).

Postrel, while critical of conservatives, made a number of surprising observations in which she was ahead of her time. We hipster conservatives can only turn green as we imagine how soon we might have hopped that bandwagon, if only we had not been in middle school at the time. Postrel observed various instances of individuals on the political Left finding common cause with others usually considered “right-wing.” Continue reading The Hipster Conservative and the Future