The Public Interest

Is it the founders’ fault?

Diana West

Winter 1997

ROBERT H. Bork’s provocative book on the culture, Slouching Towards Gomorrah, † will unsettle, depress, and agitate—and that goes only for conservative readers. Some will find themselves pining for Reaganesque kickers to brighten the bleakness of Bork’s unflinching vision; those of a libertarian bent will bridle at the author’s nostalgia for restraints on individual behavior, up to and including censorship. Conservatives enthralled by popular culture (those nurtured by the prevailing modes of art and entertainment), by now effectively insensate, will be incapable of fathoming the urgency of Bork’s call to arms. Slouching Towards Gomorrah may lose such troops even as it draws new ones, sharpening and deepening the definition of what it means to be a cultural conservative. 

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