Without the peril of destruction of the best in civilization there would be no motive to conservative action and no honor in being a man. The poetic imagination…in some ages belongs principally to the radicals; but in our time it is in the keeping of the conservatives. There is something better than dynamic conservatism, and that is imaginative conservatism…And if we Americans are to lead the nations, we shall have to think less and less about doubling or tripling the standard of living and more and more about what makes life worth living.—Russell Kirk, Beyond the Dreams of Avarice
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