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Ened 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 forestall 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 phenomena as the close minded behavior of the unwashed uneducated god fearing masses of the fly over territories Reno suggests that there are profound genuine political needs and desires at the root of these movements that have been ignored for far too long These desires have arisen as a reaction to what the author calls the postwar consensus a philosophical and cultural movement which sought to deliberately weaken and lighten through deconstruction critiue an emphasis on relativizing doctrines and political correctness any strong bonds or shared loves the strong gods that we hold in common These strong passions patriotism love of one s own love of God traditional moral values etc were thought to be the sources of conflict and the deeper causes at work underneath the fascist totalitarian regimes that wreaked havoc upon the world in the 20th century Reno traces a line of thought through an analysis of influential 20th century thinkers of various stripes philosophical Popper economic Hayek literary Derrida His analysis here of the concerted effort to fashion an open society after WWII is accurate and compelling This is where the book really shines The author honestly admits in the acknowledgments at the end of the book that the second half of the reflections the what do we do now section falls a bit short The expression shared loves remains somewhat vague this may be inevitable to a certain extent since this depends very much on how particular groups of people live and the author seems reticent to really take a stance here and declare what these strong gods ought to be In truth the solution or the ideas he offers here in the second half of the essay are never clear or half as compelling as the diagnosis This same thing happens in Patrick Deneen s essay Why Liberalism Failed His diagnosis is very insightful and accurate as well but the end of the essay beyond some references to Wendell Berry does not offer any real answers about where to go next Likewise the second half of Reno s essay rather than moving forward becomes very repetitive and restates too many times points that were already well established in the first half of the essay Perhaps it would have been better here to just cut things short or pose a uestion or challenge for others to answer I think it is important to respect the reader s intelligence and ability to follow the argument and perhaps lead them into areas for deeper consideration rather than cause frustration through redundancy In fact I think it s very much worthwhile just to have someone clearly articulate the diagnosis and I don t see why the same author necessarily needs to attempt to solve the problem or even gesture towards a solution This may be frustrating to some people but the solution if there even is one is clearly very challenging to discover and maybe its better to just say honestly that you don t have an answerIncidentally I just finished a book by Richard Lewellyn called How Green was My Valley about a small Welsh coal mining community set in the early 1900 s and I have to say that it seems to embody very closely the kind of community that Reno envisions It is filled with strong loves religious devotion passionate family bonds national pride etc It is also lyrical and profoundly moving in many places Could a community like this be possible again would such a thing even be desirable enough and to enough people My only other uibble is that in the beginning of the book at the end of the Introduction the author states emphatically that the current state of the West is NOT due to deeper philosophical and historical causes like the natural conseuences of late medieval nominalism enlightenment liberalism and the effects of the reformation in the economic and political order but rather to the postwar consensus for which he argues in the book Isn t this an unnecessary dichotomy The loss of truth in favor of meaning does have its roots in nominalism unbridled self will the so called freedom of indifference does trace its genesis to liberalism and modern 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Return of the Strong Gods

'Return of the Strong Gods'is a thoughtful contribution 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 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 could build a prospero 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 particularly weighty and rather dry I do though feel it is an extremely well argued and important work of political philosophy and sociology by one of the most intelligent authors I ve ever read Think of William F Buckley on steroidsbut less engaging and not humorous at all In hindsight you could probably read the final two chapters and get the gist well enough A readable treatise on conservative nationalism is Colin Dueck s Age of Iron

Summary Return of the Strong Gods

Us 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 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 project of openness has hard Excellent summary of the many problems inherent in the post war consensus that still dominates leftright anti politics politics


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 times

  2. says:

    Rusty Reno editor of the prominent religious conservative journal First Things here couples an original diagnosis of how we got to the vicious decay of now with very muted prescriptions This is a good enough book earnest and intent but it is cramped Reno offers as an alternative not strong gods nor even coherent positive visions of the nationalism and populism of the title but only the tired and repeatedly fai

  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 particularly weighty and rather dry I do though feel it is an extremely well argued and important work of politica

  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

  6. says:

    I’d give it a 35 As with most conservative writing his analysis is on point but his prescriptions are wanting Th

  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 mo

  8. says:

    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

  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 t

  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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