For once, I agree with John Zmirak: it is the strength of our communities that makes the West worth fighting for, not our capacity to produce wealth or love of universal reason. This is why activities and discourses which demoralize the community, which seem to make it not worth caring about (such as suburban sprawl or the dictates of political correctness), are so subtly insidious and do more damage in the long run than war. Material bankruptcy proceeds from spiritual and intellectual bankruptcy. We’re finding that out now in the final act of consumerism at the hands of Peak Oil.
Roach is thinking along realist lines, in terms of the interests of the community, instead of through grand abstractions and the faux humanitarianism (a status marker amongst elites) that is so common these days. If this is conservatism (the virtue of prudence), then I am all for it, but with the understanding that a “strong defense” isn’t a mere slogan and excuse for siphoning off the wealth of the nation into the militarist projects of the Pentagon faction. I’m not sure real conservatism, as opposed to conservatism = classical liberalism + a coalition of interest groups, has ever been on offer in the United States.