Stephen M. Klugewicz

About Stephen M. Klugewicz

Stephen Klugewicz is editor of The Imaginative Conservative. He holds a Ph.D. in American History, with expertise in the eras of the Founding and Early Republic. Dr. Klugewicz is the co-editor of History, on Proper Principles: Essays in Honor of Forrest McDonald and Founders and the Constitution: In Their Own Words. He is the former executive director of the Collegiate Network at ISI and of the Robert and Marie Hansen Foundation and has long experience in education, having been president of Franklin’s Opus, director of education at the National Constitution Center, and headmaster of Regina Luminis Academy.

How an Obscure Woman’s Letters Transformed a President

By |2018-04-29T13:21:58-05:00April 29th, 2018|

“They say you won’t succeed because ‘making a man President cannot change him,'” Julia Sand wrote. “But making a man President can change him! If there is a spark of true nobility in you, now is the occasion to let it shine”… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity [...]

Mike Rowe’s Little Platoons

By |2018-05-02T11:57:50-05:00April 26th, 2018|

In an age of cynicism and selfishness, Mike Rowe's "Returning the Favor" is an unabashedly feel-good show, telling the story of the many unsung, little, local platoons that comprise the heart of our communities and that quietly give the lie to the idea that only the omnipotent State can take care of us... Edmund Burke famously [...]

Be the Baron: Become a Patron of The Imaginative Conservative

By |2018-04-11T22:53:00-05:00April 11th, 2018|

He was an enthusiastic patron of several major composers of his era, including Wolfgang Mozart, Joseph Haydn, and Ludwig van Beethoven, encouraging them and giving them financial support so that they were free to compose some of the greatest music ever penned by the human hand. He introduced Mozart to the works of Bach and [...]

Ten Things You Don’t Know About Robert E. Lee

By |2018-04-10T01:10:22-05:00April 8th, 2018|

To those Americans who revere him—sadly, a dwindling number these days—Robert E. Lee is still much a "Marble Man": the noble face of the antebellum South, the tragic embodiment of the Lost Cause, the "perfect" man, as a contemporary deemed him. Even his admirers are unaware of the some of the more interesting details of [...]

The Decline of Western Civilization in 10 Pictures

By |2018-03-09T11:37:02-05:00February 27th, 2018|

Without any ado, here are ten pictures that convey how far Western Civilization has fallen over the last centuries. 1. Mozart conducting one of his own settings of the Mass, circa 1780; modern church service with rock band   2. Crowd watching baseball game, early twentieth century; crowd watching baseball game, early twenty-first century   3. St. [...]

Copying Mozart: Did Beethoven Steal Melodies for His Own Music?

By |2018-02-22T11:28:38-05:00February 21st, 2018|

Did Beethoven steal tunes from his older contemporary for the "Eroica" Symphony, the Ninth Symphony, and for his most popular and beautiful song?... It is one of the most popular tunes in all of classical music, nay, in all of music, period. Ludwig van Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" theme undergirds the long fourth movement of his [...]

The “Wild and Terrible” Mozart

By |2018-07-24T20:55:53-05:00January 26th, 2018|

“Too wild and terrible” is what Ludwig van Beethoven is reported to have said about Mozart’s famous Requiem. And despite the popularity of this great, unfinished work, the “wild and terrible” side of Mozart has generally been obscured in the public mind, in favor of his seemingly “lighter” works: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, the overture [...]

Good Books and Great Music for Christmas Gifting

By |2017-12-14T15:43:07-05:00December 14th, 2017|

Here are four recently-published books and four new classical music albums that I have greatly enjoyed this past year… Books I’ve read several excellent biographies (and one great autobiography) this past year. Foremost among the former is Jan Swafford’s magisterial Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph, which could easily be termed the definitive biography of perhaps the [...]

Magnanimity: The Balm for Our Brutalized Public Discourse

By |2018-09-22T13:17:17-05:00December 5th, 2017|

Every man is his own pope and philosopher-king on the Internet, where our semi-formed and semi-informed opinions are cast as absolutes. Convinced of our perfect knowledge and infallible righteousness, we denounce and demean in harsh, uncharitable terms the arguments of others, and even their very persons... “Minds are conquered not by arms, but by love [...]

Skyjack: The Mystery of D.B. Cooper’s Thanksgiving Eve Jump

By |2017-11-25T00:58:24-05:00November 21st, 2017|

Why does the mystery of D.B. Cooper, who in 1971 committed the only unsolved airline hijacking in history, continue to fascinate us?... FBI sketches of D.B. Cooper On the evening of November 24, 1971—the day before Thanksgiving—a dark-haired man dressed in a black raincoat, dark suit and thin, black tie, white shirt, and [...]

Don’t Be Afraid to Help Us

By |2018-10-24T00:44:54-05:00October 26th, 2017|

Do you read "conservative" news and opinion sites with trepidation? Do you worry about seeing the tirelessly-repeated "news of the moment" and the echo chamber of "red-meat" political commentary that simplistically divides the world into the "good us" and "evil them"? Are you sick of superficial commentary on current events, which you forget by the [...]

“A Long and Noisy Prayer”: Bruce Springsteen Tells His Life Story

By |2017-12-13T15:51:24-05:00September 22nd, 2017|

Though his fans will undoubtedly enjoy this engrossing autobiography, it deserves a broader audience because of the beauty of Mr. Springsteen's writing, his penetrating observations about human nature, and his well-crafted history of an interesting and important life... "We remain in the air, the empty space, in the dusty, roots and deep earth, in the [...]