liberal arts

Feel free to label me a “nerd.” You wouldn’t be the first. Winston, our fearless The Imaginative Conservative leader, does so all of the time.

In such a spirit, I give you what is below.

For a variety of reasons, I decided this morning to come up with a series of bumper stickers to defend the liberal arts. And, of course, I realize the irony of promoting the vast nuances of The Great Conversation [trademark: Mortimer J. Adler] and The Great Tradition [trademark: Richard Gamble] through a slogan.

Still, one must engage the modern and post-modern world. So, if you, like me, need a break from grading, please enjoy.


“Keep your laws off of my Great Books”

“Down with the Servile Arts”

“My liberal arts kid beat up your vo-tech kid”

“The Liberal Arts: Earned, Never Given”

“Honk if you love Socrates”

“If you enjoy your freedom, thank an ancient Athenian”

“Better Read than Dead”

“Yo’ mama ain’t nothin’ but a Carthaginian Witch”

“8/24/410–Never Forget!”

“It’s All Greek to Me”

“Don’t Blame Me. I voted for Cicero.”

–Yours, Brad

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