Christmas Spirit aside, there is (guilty) pleasure in offending the Enemies of The Permanent Things. Raise their blood-pressure by giving our kindred souls—or sporting yourself—a monocle, gray spats, a natty walking stick or a pocket-watch and chain. If that’s too daunting, start with a paisley cravat. Imaginative Conservative ladies may irritate the neo-barbarians by going to and from church or college chapel with an antique rosary and a chaste lace veil—or, if the ideologues are really a problem, add one of these.
Either gender of real conservative would be delighted to receive a rare copy of Russell Kirk’s Confessions of a Bohemian Tory, long out of print. Revel in our sage communing with Scottish ghosts, Spanish mystics wrestling physically with the devil, right-thinking poets and artists. It is life-changing stuff if you or your favourite feel, as Dr. Kirk writes within, that “Mine was not an Enlightened mind, I now was aware: it was a Gothic mind, medieval in its temper and structure. I did not love cold harmony and perfect regularity of organization; what I sought was variety, mystery, tradition, the venerable, the awful.” Then, as a New Year’s resolution, cultivate your inner Bohemian Tory!
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We have a great appreciation for the thought of Russell Kirk, T.S. Eliot, Irving Babbitt and Christopher Dawson, among other imaginative conservatives. However, some of us look at the state of Western culture and the American Republic and see a huge dark cloud which seems ready to unleash a storm that may well wash away what we most treasure of our inherited ways. Others focus on the silver lining which may be found in the next generation of traditional conservatives who have been inspired by Dr. Kirk and his like. We hope that The Imaginative Conservative answers T.S. Eliot’s call to “redeem the time, redeem the dream.”