How many Crunchy Cons does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
Angelo Matera: We really need to get practical here. Light bulbs should be taxed by the number of lumens consumed per household family member, which would serve to incentivize the building of smaller homes that make more efficient use of incandescent devices. Let's not fool ourselves into thinking that "casino illumination" is a permanent fixture of modern life like the Pet Rock or Flowbee.
Frederica Matthewes-Green: I confess: my family now uses light bulbs on a daily basis. However, some of us hold a candle (tee-hee!) for the campfire or open-hearth fieldstone fireplace, which really a more wholesome form of illumination. But, we need to recognize that the traditional isn't always easy- there's wood to split, ashes to shovel, and frankly, we got tired of hearing the older kids yell, "Mommy, Kaitlyn's on fire again!" every time she walked a little too close.
Rod Dreher: I wrote the other day about these people who live in Alaska and appreciate elctric lights because of the whole 24-hours-of-darkness thing, which prompted this email from a reader who doesn't buy it:
Rod, the electric companies were the original anti-crunchy mega-enterprises, forcing people to tear apart the walls of perfectly sound houses for the sake of "artificial illumination." The fact that no one seriously considers living without electricity here in America just goes to prove how complete the scam is. Just consider how dangerous the stuff is- the number of fires it causes, and electrocutions... Amazing. My husband and I gave up "juice" decades ago and have lived happily ever since.
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Bruce Fohnen: Liberal society emphasizes that man is somehow in control of light, that with the simple "flip of a switch" he can lift the veil of night which God himeslf draws over the Earth. After all, the Bible opens, "And then there was light." By appropriating the God-head for ourselves, we become arrogant of the light, and fearful of the dark.
Caleb Stegall: Bruce is clearly onto something. Rod and others fall into the trap of thinking that we're all entitled to make our own hours. It gets dark at a certain hour for good reason, to encourage one to lead a disciplined and temperate life. If one must stay up late, then he should emulate Rusell Kirk, who told ghost stories by candlelight.
Sara Butler Nardo: What are you talking about? It's past your bedtime. Put that flashlight away! Wait, is that a copy of Reason you're reading? Damn you Mendoooooza!!
John Podhoretz: Knock-knock. Who's there? Nobody answered the #*&^%@! question, that's who. If this is what crunchy conservatism is about, count me out. You can pry my light bulbs out of my cold, dead hands.
Jonah Goldberg: I think this goes to prove what I've been saying all along about Crunchy Conservatism. It's a complete load of crap and I disagree with every word of Rod's book, which I highly recommend you buy in order to see for yourself how utterly wrong such a likeable person can be.