Sunday, June 17, 2012


Welcome to Sons of Cincinnatus! I am Jack, the younger half of the Sons. As a member of the famously tech-savvy generation which has not yet been named, I suppose it is fitting that I have the first post here. But this will be a collaborative effort, you may be assured, as both of us will have many thoughts to contribute, especially as this 2012 election approaches. In fact, I would argue that the perspective of the Elder Son is more valuable, wizened as it is by the passage of time. But first things first: let me explain the origin and intent of this blog.

At least since the Presidential Election of 2008, my father and I have been discussing politics, culture, history, and other things amongst ourselves. We were doing this to some extent before then, but I was so unaware of the nation's and the world's various goings-on that I was hardly a suitable discussion partner. But my understanding and awareness of both have grown considerably since then, such that we now discuss these on as equal a footing as a our still distinct ages and experiences allow. Both of us, in observing daily occurrences, and reading about them in various media, have and continue to conceive and share many opinions about them. Until now, these have mostly stayed between us, whether via email or kitchen table discussion.

This blog, however, intends to bring our discussions to whomever wishes to see them. For one of the many things that we Sons concluded from our multifaceted imbibing of opinion, news, and commentary is that the internet has significantly lowered the participation threshold. This has been a boon for conservatism, as it--rather against character, some might argue--rapidly took advantage of so-called "new media" so as to pose a worldview against what it views--rightly, in our estimation--as a mainstream worldview that tilts to the left. But it has also had some negative effects; as with any democratizing trend, the good become mixed in with the bad--just check the comment thread of your typical yahoo! news story.

Regardless, that is one of two reasons that we Sons have chosen to create this blog. The second is that we perceive the urgency of the present time as such that we must do all we can to disseminate our points of view to the widest possible audience. As we shall detail in forthcoming posts, never before has an American president been so boldly disparaging of the Constitution; never before has the government been so entangled in the daily affairs of men; and never in modern times has the economy performed so consistently inadequately. We intend to advance a common thread that ties these and other problems together. This thread has been woven by many throughout history, but we have chosen Cincinnatus in particular because he embodies what we deem ideal political behavior: engaging nobly and ably in public service when called, but preferring to cultivate virtue in private life.

The Sons of Cincinnatus wish, while acknowledging that government has a proper place in national life, to maximize the private sphere. This is not to say that we are completely individualistic; indeed, we hold as true and good the institutions and traditions which have guided man into civilization, and worry that excessive government vitiates them. We loathe as well that too many in modern politics live lives in too great a contrast to Cincinnatus. Many branches of the government have their place, but when we speak without disgust of "career politicians," and when greater dependency on government is incentivized instead of seen as a temporary relief measure for most and a safety net for the indigent, then something is out of whack.

This is the vision of the Sons of Cincinnatus. Visitors to this blog are welcome to agree or disagree, but only competent and respectful argumentation from either direction will be accepted here. We aim, as a tertiary goal, to elevate the level of discourse in electronic media, for one of their most worrisome tendencies is to degrade it. Whether or not you disagree, we hope that you, at the very least, enjoy our attempts to make sense of the intricacies, paradoxes, and foibles of the modern world.

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