H. Lee Cheek

Lee Cheek

About Lee Cheek

H. Lee Cheek, Jr., Ph.D., is Senior Contributor at The Imaginative Conservative. He is Dean of the Social Sciences and Professor of Political Science and History at East Georgia State College, and a Senior Fellow of Alexander Hamilton Institute. He is also a United Methodist minister and former U.S. Army chaplain. His books include Calhoun and Popular Rule and Confronting Modernity, among others.

American Liberty Reconsidered

By |2019-07-03T10:19:44-05:00July 3rd, 2019|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Independence Day, Lee Cheek, Liberty, Senior Contributors|

The continued success of our nation is dependent upon a recovery of our appreciation of liberty, a return to the original division of government power as prescribed by the Constitution, and a renewal of personal responsibility for perpetuating the regime. As we celebrate American Independence, it is appropriate to reflect upon the foundations of [...]

Bradley Birzer and the Russell Kirk Revival

By |2018-08-24T23:45:10-05:00August 24th, 2018|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, Conservatism, Russell Kirk|

While explicating Russell Kirk, Dr. Birzer is drawing attention to a larger conservative intellectual tradition and inviting a reconsideration of what that tradition has to offer. Dr. Birzer is here not merely an erudite and perceptive historian but also a thinker in his own right... Russell Kirk: American Conservative by Bradley Birzer (574 pages, University Press [...]

Donald Davidson Revisited

By |2018-05-24T12:23:11-05:00May 24th, 2018|Categories: Culture, History, Lee Cheek, Philosophy, South|

Though he passed away in 1968, Donald Davidson’s efforts and criticisms continue to deserve much attention, since the South has become more decadent in its disregard for the past since his death… Mel Bradford has argued that no individual has exerted more influence upon the development of a profession of letters this century in [...]

The Return of Liberal Theory

By |2017-07-06T00:24:43-05:00July 5th, 2017|Categories: Books, Lee Cheek, Liberal, Liberalism, Politics, Senior Contributors|

Contemporary liberalism provides solutions that only exacerbate current domestic and international tensions… The Cultural Defense of Nations: A Liberal Theory of Majority Rights by Liav Orgad (Oxford University Press, 2016) Liberal constitutional and political theory has increasingly defended the status of often newly created or invented minorities, defined more expansively with each new theoretical formulation, [...]

Christmas Reading to Prepare for the Political Year Ahead

By |2016-12-20T15:34:14-05:00December 20th, 2016|Categories: Books, Christmas, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, Lee Cheek, Senior Contributors|

Here, dear readers, are four books to prepare you for the political season that lies ahead of us in 2017.... 1) Constitutional Morality and the Rise of Quasi-Law (Harvard University Press, 2016) The final work by my friend and mentor, the late and great George Carey, and also by one of the best scholars of [...]

Agrarianism and Cultural Renewal

By |2016-06-11T09:19:43-05:00May 15th, 2016|Categories: Agrarianism, Culture, Featured, Lee Cheek, Southern Agrarians, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Lee Cheek as he examines the importance of agrarianism in American life and the necessity of restoring its place within our culture. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher Among the contributions to I’ll Take My Stand, Allen Tate’s “Remarks on the Southern [...]

Edmund Burke, Rightly Understood

By |2016-04-14T23:43:05-05:00March 22nd, 2016|Categories: Books, Edmund Burke, Featured, Ian Crowe, Lee Cheek|

Patriotism and Public Spirit: Edmund Burke and the Role of the Critic in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Britain, by Ian Crowe (Stanford University Press, 2012) Ian Crowe’s recent, pioneering study of political philosopher Edmund Burke is a cause for celebration. It advances scholarly knowledge of Burke and the intellectual milieu that was so important to his development as [...]

Should Yale Erase the Name of John C. Calhoun?

By |2016-01-24T09:13:07-05:00January 24th, 2016|Categories: American Founding, Culture, History, John C. Calhoun, Lee Cheek|

The misguided effort to have Yale University rename Calhoun College is a sign that we contemporary Americans have a tendency to forget who we are, and to engage in what has become known as political correctness. The advocates of political correctness want to corrupt history for temporary political gain, and their efforts are, sadly, [...]

Charleston, Vandalism, and Political Correctness

By |2015-06-24T17:38:32-05:00June 24th, 2015|Categories: American Republic, First Amendment, Rule of Law|

We understand and sympathize with people’s anger and frustration about recent events in Charleston, but the misguided effort to damage the statue of Vice-President John C. Calhoun in Marion Square, as well as the many other destructive acts throughout the nation, is a sign of how we as contemporary Americans have a tendency to [...]

Allen Tate and the Agrarian Mission

By |2015-05-08T23:46:47-05:00April 12th, 2015|Categories: Agrarianism, John Randolph of Roanoke, M. E. Bradford|Tags: |

Allen Tate Who Owns America? followed I’ll Take My Stand–which had appeared six years earlier–as a more diverse sequel and defense of decentralization. More importantly, Who Owns America? was explicitly a plea for a recovery of what had been lost: a humane social order. If the Agrarian and Distributist insights contained in [...]

Remembering W. Wesley McDonald: Marylander, Friend, and Kirk Disciple

By |2014-09-13T00:20:54-05:00September 13th, 2014|Categories: Russell Kirk|

On September 9th, with the passing of Dr. William Wesley McDonald, the American academy lost a talented teacher and defender of humane learning. The American conservative movement, or what remains of authentic conservatism, has also lost a strong advocate for restraint in social and political life. From a very early age, Wes came to [...]

An Ode To Sophie, The World’s Greatest Tabster

By |2014-08-08T18:47:13-05:00August 8th, 2014|Categories: Lee Cheek, Love|Tags: |

As a traditionalist, a defender of the tried and true against the new and untried, a devotee of personal restraint when faced with overriding challenges, and a defender of the inherited tradition, the present writer has been a critic of change, especially dramatic upheavals, for all of his life. However, twelve years ago he [...]

The Lord’s Supper as a Means of Grace: A Weary Methodist’s Perspective

By |2014-05-27T10:30:47-05:00May 25th, 2014|Categories: Christianity, Lee Cheek|

The current revival and increased appreciation of the sacraments within “Mainline” Protestantism provides the disciples of the Reformation with a great opportunity for liturgical recovery. While a renascence has been taking place for some decades, often distracted by “political” and “liturgically correct” elements, Methodists remain in a unique position to advance their understanding and [...]