About W. Winston Elliott III

W. Winston Elliott III is President of The Free Enterprise Institute, Editor of Imaginative Conservative Books and Editor-in-Chief of The Imaginative Conservative. Mr. Elliott is Visiting Professor of Liberal Arts and Conservative Thought at Houston Baptist University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Washington College and a Masters of Business Administration, with Honors, from the University of Houston.

Please Support The Imaginative Conservative

By |2020-01-23T23:05:19-06:00December 19th, 2019|Categories: Support The Imaginative Conservative|

In an era when many Americans have lost a sense of patriotism and common purpose, The Imaginative Conservative presents a thoughtful, civil discussion about what has made America and the West great. Here we offer reasoned and reflective essays on issues of politics, economics, culture, liberal learning, written by some of the greatest minds of both the present and the [...]

Will You Help Us Preserve the Good, the True, and the Beautiful?

By |2019-12-19T16:58:46-06:00June 11th, 2019|Categories: Support The Imaginative Conservative, W. Winston Elliott III|

The Imaginative Conservative’s mission is to preserve the transcendentals, the “permanent things” that constitute the glory of Western Civilization. Here we offer thoughtful and reflective essays on issues of culture, philosophy, history, politics, economics, the arts, and liberal learning, written by some of the great conservative minds of the present and the past.  Since The Imaginative Conservative’s inception in [...]

From Union to Empire: Essays in the Jeffersonian Tradition

By |2020-03-27T17:51:33-05:00April 12th, 2019|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Books, Clyde Wilson, Essential, Republicanism, Thomas Jefferson, Timeless Essays, W. Winston Elliott III|

From Union to Empire: Essays in the Jeffersonian Tradition by Clyde N. Wilson (356 pages, The Foundation for American Education, 2003) Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Publisher W. Winston Elliott III, as he considers a classic collection of essays about the Jeffersonian tradition. —Stephen M. [...]

Liberal Learning, the Human Person, and Plato’s “Meno”

By |2019-02-25T14:28:30-06:00January 28th, 2019|Categories: Audio/Video, Classics, E.B., Eva Brann, Great Books, In Honor of Eva Brann at 90 Series, Liberal Learning, Meno, Plato, St. John's College|

“First attend to the adjustment of your own soul, particularly the regulative liberal learning of your intellect, then project your internal economy on the world as social and political justice. The other way around is headless.”  – Eva Brann, The Music of the Republic: Essays on Socrates’ Conversations and Plato’s Writings Eva Brann is a [...]

Pointing to the Light: Will You Join Us?

By |2019-01-03T17:58:35-06:00December 27th, 2018|Categories: Support The Imaginative Conservative|

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. ~Philippians 4:8 I pray that The Imaginative Conservative lifts your spirits and brings to your life things excellent and praiseworthy. Our work is possible because of the generous [...]

Firing the Imagination: The Legacy of Russell Kirk

By |2018-10-19T07:46:17-05:00October 19th, 2018|Categories: Conservatism, Prospects for Conservatives, Russell Kirk, The Imaginative Conservative, W. Winston Elliott III|

Russell Kirk offers us a rich legacy in words and deeds. If we heed them we may yet play our part in preserving our Republic’s ordered liberty... The thought of Dr. Russell Kirk has inspired many people and many projects, including the journal that you are now reading. Founded by Dr. Bradley Birzer and myself [...]

In Honor of Mr. Thomas Jefferson’s 275th Birthday

By |2018-04-13T09:58:36-05:00April 12th, 2018|Categories: Clyde Wilson, Russell Kirk, Thomas Jefferson, W. Winston Elliott III|

Here are recommended essays regarding Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826) on The Imaginative Conservative: Looking for Mr. Jefferson by Clyde Wilson Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday by Clyde Wilson The Declaration of Independence: Translucent Poetry by Eva Brann Thomas Jefferson & the American Declaration of Independence by Ross Lence Thomas Jefferson, Conservative by Clyde Wilson Jefferson Was [...]

Become a Patron of The Imaginative Conservative

By |2019-11-07T12:17:50-06:00December 27th, 2017|Categories: Support The Imaginative Conservative|

An enthusiastic patron of the artwork of Leonardo da Vinci, this king persuaded the great Italian Renaissance master to make France his home in his later years. (Leonardo brought with him his Mona Lisa, and the famous painting remains in Paris today.) It was even said that the king cradled Leonardo as the great master lay on his deathbed, the king [...]

Thomas Jefferson in His Own Words

By |2019-11-09T17:40:08-06:00December 18th, 2017|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Audio/Video, Conservatism, Declaration of Independence, Featured, Free Markets, Freedom, Thomas Jefferson|

Editor’s Note: We invite you to join Thomas Jefferson (portrayed by Bill Barker) as he explores the remarkable history of the early American Republic and the principles that undergird it. From Jamestown to Plymouth, from the American Revolution to the Louisiana Purchase, the promise of free enterprise has driven the course of human history [...]

On Natural Disasters

By |2020-01-08T13:15:27-06:00August 29th, 2017|Categories: Family, Featured, Will Durant|

“At any moment a comet may come too close to the earth and set our little globe turning topsy-turvy in a hectic course, or choke its men and fleas with fumes or heat; or a fragment of the smiling sun may slip off tangentially–as some think our planet did a few astronomic moments ago–and [...]

What Is Unique About St. John’s College?

By |2019-06-10T15:45:29-05:00July 27th, 2017|Categories: Christopher B. Nelson, Classical Education, Great Books, Liberal Learning, Senior Contributors, St. John's College|

Join The Imaginative Conservative's Winston Elliott as he talks with Christopher Nelson, president of St. John's College, about his service at St John’s, and about the unique kind of liberal arts education offered there. President Nelson discusses the mission of St. John's College, the role of the Great Books in their classes, and explains the [...]

The Story of St. John’s College

By |2017-04-20T21:07:35-05:00April 20th, 2017|Categories: Humanities, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, St. John's College|

Founded in 1696, St. John’s College has a unique history as one of America’s first, and leading, liberal arts institutions. St. John’s (campuses in Annapolis and Santa Fe) explores the great books of Western Civilization through seminar discussions. As Christopher Nelson (President, St. John’s College, Annapolis) has said: “Our books and our program demand more of [...]

Homer’s “Odyssey” Is a Gift

By |2020-03-27T18:00:58-05:00April 9th, 2017|Categories: Classics, Essential, Eva Brann, Featured, Great Books, Homer, Odyssey, W. Winston Elliott III|

“Sing in me, Muse, and through me tell the story of that man skilled in all ways of contending, the wanderer, harried for years on end, after he plundered the stronghold on the proud height of Troy.” So begins Homer’s Odyssey. Long ago I launched my ship in pursuit of the true, the good, and [...]

Come, Let Us Reason Together

By |2019-06-12T00:09:24-05:00December 20th, 2016|Categories: Support The Imaginative Conservative|

"Things have never been worse in this country.... This is the most important election in our lifetime.... We've never seen anything like this before in the history of the world..." So say so many short-sighted pundits who pontificate on television, in print, and on the internet, showing their lack of judgment and historical perspective. If we followed [...]