On May 4, 2012, at 1:45 PM, Ken Armstrong wrote:
Fascinating. Any idea which reactionary dichotomy is intended?
there’s a certain kind of conservatism which I respect more than bourgeois liberalism—Eliot is of this type. Of course, the dichotomy he maintains is reactionary, but it’s due to a deep fatalism, not ignorance.
The whole comment strikes me as quite intelligent even though he's working with the cliches of the time. (Ken, what's the date?) His comment on conservatism seem fair since he seems to mean that Eliot's conservatism was principled and not simply a desire to protect the prosperity of the upper middle.