The Imaginative Conservative is an on-line journal for those who seek the True, the Good, and the Beautiful. We address culture, liberal learning, politics, political economy, literature, the arts and the American Republic in the tradition of Russell Kirk, T.S. Eliot, Edmund Burke, Irving Babbitt, Wilhelm Roepke, Robert Nisbet, Richard Weaver, M.E. Bradford, Eric Voegelin, Christopher Dawson, Paul Elmer More and other leaders of Imaginative Conservatism. We hope that The Imaginative Conservative answers T.S. Eliot’s call to “redeem the time, redeem the dream.” The Imaginative Conservative offers to our families, our communities, and the Republic, a conservatism of hope, grace, charity, gratitude and prayer. To learn more, read A Conservatism of Hope by W. Winston Elliott III, Ten Conservative Principles by Russell Kirk, and Reflections on Imaginative Conservatism by Eva Brann.


Founder, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief: W. Winston Elliott III is Editor of Imaginative Conservative Books and President of The Free Enterprise Institute. Mr. Elliott is Visiting Professor of Liberal Arts and Conservative Thought at Houston Baptist University. He earned his BA in History from Washington College and his MBA, with Honors, from the University of Houston. His essays may be found here.

Co-founder and Senior Contributor: Bradley J. Birzer is the Russell Amos Kirk Chair in History at Hillsdale College and Fellow of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Dr. Birzer is author of Russell Kirk: American Conservative, J.R.R. Tolkien’s Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle-Earth, Sanctifying the World: The Augustinian Life and Mind of Christopher Dawson, American Cicero: The Life of Charles Carroll, and In Defense of Andrew Jackson. His essays may be found here.

Editor: Stephen Klugewicz is Director of Academic Affairs of the Free Enterprise Institute. Dr. Klugewicz earned his BA at the College of William and Mary and his PhD at the University of Alabama. He is the co-editor of History, On Proper Principles: Essays in Honor of Forrest McDonald and Founders and the Constitution: In Their Own Words. His essays may be found here.

Writers and Thinkers who Influence us

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Edmund Burke

Russell Kirk

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T.S. Eliot

Christopher Dawson
Christopher Dawson

Paul Elmer More

Richard Weaver

Irving Babbitt

M.E. Bradford
M.E. Bradford

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Robert Nisbet

Eric Voegelin

Our Senior Contributors

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Thomas Ascik

Clinton Brand

Eva Brann
Eva Brann

H. Lee Cheek, Jr.

Michael De Sapio

Barbara J. Elliott

Paul Krause

Ben Lockerd

Dwight Longenecker

Mark Malvasi

Louis Markos

Joseph Mussomeli

Christine Norvell

George Stanciu

Joseph Pearce

Gleaves Whitney

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John Willson

Stratford Caldecott
Stratford Caldecott †

Peter Augustine Lawler †

Stephen Masty †