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Uncle Si Conquers The World

Just got off of Facetime with an old and dear friend in the Netherlands; we mourned our mutual pal Miriam, who is responsible for our friendship. I expressed hope that our families would see each other in the new year. He said his 14-year-old son would love to come to Louisiana and go hunting and shooting. It turns out that the boy is a fan of, yes, Duck Dynasty.

Now, think about what kind of world we now live on. Not only was I able to have a live video chat with my friend halfway around the world, at no cost, but I learned that his son, who is about the age I was when his dad and I became friends, is a fan of a reality show about redneck Louisiana duck hunters, and wants to come see for himself.

That’s something else, Jack.

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Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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