O-kay, here is how we are going to deal with this, in three easy steps:
Step One: Michael Brendan Dougherty, January 21, 2010:
First, you're obsessed with yourself. You try everything in the culture -- The Incredibles, Wal-Mart, Crocs -- and you ask: Is it conservative? This makes us look like creep socialists from the 1930s, debating endlessly about whether something is sufficiently proletariat. Weren't we supposed to defend truth, beauty, and goodness (like St. Thomas Aquinas?) You ask us to measure Bill Watterson, Bill Cosby and Bill Clinton by one measure: conservative/not conservative.
Step Two: Jonah Goldberg, today:
I'm not so nostalgic as to believe that the world that produced the Grimm fairy tales is preferable to that which gave us Monsters, Inc. But the improvement didn't come without drawbacks.
Meanness is no longer innate; it's the unfortunate side effect of being misunderstood, the forgivable self-defense mechanism of victims.
Step Three: I leave you in the very capable hands of Jeff Johnson, who writes: "Dear Jonah Goldberg: Did We Really Go to the Same Dragon Movie?"
Yeah, I think that covers it. Spoiler alert, I guess.
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