The Washington Times has a piece by Ryan James Girdusky suggesting that traditionalist conservatives have something to learn from hipsters. And vice versa.
Traditionalist conservatives should emulate hipsters. In many respects, they do certain things better. Hipsters have created a counter-culture vastly opposed to corporatism in exchange for localism, a mixture of 1970s punk rock style and a hippie philosophy with a touch of Robert Nisbet’s communitarianism.
Hate it or love it, Hipsters are more effective and widespread in their rejection of corporate capitalism than anything the right has produced. Yet, their apostasy is doomed to an expiration date because their cultural unity is not based on permanent things or first principles.
In Robert Putnam’s landmark book Bowling Alone, the author makes the case that traditional religion promotes social capital, which is responsible for keeping together families, friendships, and communities. Putnam writes, “Religiosity rivals education as a powerful correlate of most forms of civic engagement.” Privatized morality does not instill the social capital that traditional religion embodies.
So for all the work of creating the hipster subculture, it will not last, because it is not rooted, as was true for the bohemian subculture of the 1960s. Without faith, there’s no foundation. Without a foundation, a community cannot survive.
What life have you if you have not life together?
There is no life that is not in community,
And no community not lived in praise of GOD.
Much turns on what we mean by this word “community.”