Ross Douthat echos Lennon and McCartney by Political Observer

I could quote that old hymn, Jesus loves me:
Jesus loves me—this I know,
For the Bible tells me so;
Little ones to him belong,—
They are weak, but he is strong.
(Anna Bartlett Warner)
Mr. Douthat in his latest essay All the Lonely People, an essay based on a defense of the old fashioned virtue of social conformity, as a defense against the growing number of suicides in American. Also, he connects  it to declining religious affiliations, modern America as godless wasteland. How can a country that disrespects prenatal life etc. is here implicit. He mentions those connections that a vigorously cultivated religious life can offer and celebrates small town virtues, although the reality is that most Americans  live in cities or their suburbs. But his political romanticism is not subject to anything like a check against reality.
Here is a link to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public life which surveyed in 2007 on the very question that Mr. Douthat raises about religious life but answers in a very different way.
Mr. D. also raises the very salient question of the ability of a person to find a job plays a vital function in maintaining a psychological equilibrium necessary to mental health. We could look at the continuing failure of Capital to produce jobs that pay a living wage, that one can support oneself and a family, as a vital  component of an integrative/holistic view that is missing in Mr. Douthat’s ideologically inflected anecdotalism.
Political Observer

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Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.'
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