It's probably not an exaggeration to remark that bloggers, especially on the right, are needed now more than ever. Courtesy of the past eight years, the Republican Party has wound up in fairly dire straits and even the basic meaning of conservatism has been thrown into question. It's a relief and a privilege to be part of the blogversation that's started to take place among the young right, but everyone recognizes that much work is left to be done and things will get worse before they get any better. Of course this is exactly the sort of sweeping but nonlethal catastrophe that every rising political intellectual wants to wind up in; so let's make the most of it, for the sake of Western civilization if not our own selves.
In that spirit, I'm trying to be a little more systematic, frank, and concentrated about rolling out my own political theory. If Fear and Loathing in Georgetown is any indication, I've been just a bit too coy about what I imagine postmodern conservatism specifically to be. Don't expect any manifestos anytime soon, but do expect a continued series of ruminations along the lines of this defense of elitism, improvisation, and the meaning of conservatism. Also expect a deepening of the lines of attack you've come to know and love against people like Michael Gerson and Austin Bramwell.