Daniel Larison and I disagree about a lot (I'm all about wage subsidies, robots, and Gramsci; he's more about the Southern Agrarians), but boy, he sure is smart, and evidently people who should be a little more generous or at least patient find him hard to understand.
One of my running jokes with friends is that I really like the idea of Weltanschauung parties. Say I worked out at the SPD gym, joined the Young Socialists militia, and bought all my groceries at the Rosa Luxemburg Foodmart. But when I read lines like the above I think, you know, that would probably be really bad.
Ross Douthat is a contributing editor at The Atlantic.