Vol. 1, No. 5: May 2012

Epistolary Foreword  Holgrave


The Hipster Conservative and the Future — Holgrave

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


Bock — Bede Adulescens

Elegy for a Daughter of the State — Holgrave


Bertrand de Jouvenel: On Obligations

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

Epistolary Foreword

Dear Reader,

Boundless in our arrogance, we could not be bothered to publish this May issue of The Hipster Conservative on time. Actually, most of my collaborators on the magazine have been busy this past month. Two are graduating from law school; two are graduating from college, and all of us have been busy. So it was left mostly to me to assemble this future-themed issue. Fortunately, I discovered a piece an old friend had written in November, which he graciously allowed me to republish. David’s review of the title song in what I am so bold as to call the best new music album of 2011, Helplessness Blues by the Fleet Foxes, aligns perfectly with this magazine’s concern for how our generation will fare in today’s mass-everything culture. What are we looking for and how will we find it? One thing is certain: Fleet Foxes will be playing when we get there.

Artwork: Walter Crane, "The Workers' Maypole"May first is a sort of holiday for utopian socialists, as the picture at left depicts.  The political theorist Eric Voegelin would designate these as “gnostics” because of their belief (derived from an old Christian heresy) that mankind can bring into existence the perfect society through ideology. My essay “The Hipster Conservative and the Future” seeks by contrast a grounded, constructive approach to the future, to complement our criticisms of harmful futurism. I propose that we look to the past to learn how to behave in the present, for the sake of future generations. I also take the requisite number of pot-shots at libertarians, transhumanists, and American Exceptionalism.

We have a couple of poems, including one dedicated to bock, a traditional style of beer associated with the month of May; and another dedicated to “Julia,” the recent protagonist/victim of a propaganda slideshow.

And final words from the French political theorist Bertrand de Jouvenel and G.K. Chesterton. Enjoy!


Why “Helplessness Blues” is the most important song of my generation

Guest article by David Somerville. This article first appeared on his website.

“Helplessness Blues” is the “Blowin’ in the Wind” of our generation. It sums up the spirit of people our age in a way that’s so winsome that it can be hard to analyze or explain. It could be an anthem for Occupy Wall Street kids, for hipsters, for Twitter-happy self-marketers, for post-college non-starters, for up and comers, for any one of my peers. But, unlike “Blowin’ in the Wind,” it not only asks questions — it offers meaningful answers. Let me show you how. Continue reading Why “Helplessness Blues” is the most important song of my generation