John Randolph of Roanoke & the Formation of a Southern Conservatism

By |2021-04-22T18:10:16-05:00May 23rd, 2019|Categories: American Founding, Civil Society, Conservatism, Economics, History, John Randolph of Roanoke, South|

John Randolph of Roanoke, one of the great exponents of the Southern political tradition, knew that what was proper to any state government was the preservation of the received order. The duty of the citizen of the commonwealth was to resist any legislative or constitutional changes to the received order, and to grant a broad [...]

John Randolph in His Own Words

By |2020-06-01T17:02:56-05:00August 7th, 2018|Categories: Books, Conservatism, History, John Randolph of Roanoke, Russell Kirk|Tags: |

Planter, statesman, orator, and diplomat, John Randolph of Roanoke stands out as one of the most fascinating characters ever to strut across the stage of American politics. Collected Letters of John Randolph of Roanoke to Dr. John Brockenbrough, 1812-1833, edited by Kenneth Shorey (157 pages, Transaction Books, 1988) Planter, statesman, orator, and diplomat, John Randolph [...]

The Conversion of John Randolph

By |2019-05-16T13:39:44-05:00July 9th, 2016|Categories: Christianity, John Randolph of Roanoke|

He was raised in an orthodox Christian home. He lived in a conservative place, around people who identified as traditionalists. But as Christianity waned in his day, he embraced new vogues. He despised, or air least scorned, traditional Christian orthodoxy and orthopraxy. Few who knew him would ever imagine him embracing the tenets of the [...]

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 Who [...]

Russell Kirk’s "Southern Valor"

By |2017-02-03T11:43:50-06:00September 18th, 2012|Categories: Clyde Wilson, Conservatism, John Randolph of Roanoke, Russell Kirk, South|Tags: , |

M.E. Bradford, who departed this vale of tears one year before his friend Russell Kirk, published an appreciation of Kirk in the pages of The Intercollegiate Review eighteen years ago. He likened Kirk, aptly, to his “neglected predecessor in American thought,” Orestes Brownson. Brownson was a widely learned and deeply earnest conservative democrat of the [...]

The Wisdom of John Taylor of Caroline

By |2019-04-23T15:41:40-05:00August 31st, 2012|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Constitution, John Randolph of Roanoke, John Taylor of Caroline, Mike Church, Old Republic|

John Taylor of Caroline During a recent meeting of the Academy of Philosophy and Letters in Baltimore this summer, radio personality and [r]epublican man of virtue, Mike Church, called for a revival and remembrance of the thought of John Taylor of Caroline. Perhaps, Church persuasively argued, we might very well find some answers and solutions [...]

The Household Gods of Freedom

By |2016-05-11T12:02:32-05:00May 31st, 2012|Categories: American Republic, Books, John Randolph of Roanoke, M. E. Bradford, Russell Kirk|Tags: |

John Randolph of Roanoke: A Study in American Politics, by Russell Kirk. For Southerners of my antique persuasion, Russell Kirk’s John Randolph of Roanoke is a locus classicus. And for most American conservatives, it is a work of decisive importance, a path leading into a neglected portion of our common patrimony, a portion now not well [...]

Born Free and Equal?

By |2017-06-27T15:08:40-05:00March 14th, 2011|Categories: John Randolph of Roanoke, Quotation|

In regard to this principle, that all men are born free and equal, if there is an animal on earth to which it does not apply—that is not born free, it is man—he is born in a state of the most abject want, and in a state of perfect helplessness and ignorance, which is the [...]

Video Lecture on John Randolph and the Old Republicans

By |2018-04-21T10:54:09-05:00October 19th, 2010|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Bradley J. Birzer, History, John Randolph of Roanoke, Old Republic, Russell Kirk|

Readers of The Imaginative Conservative might be interested in a lecture CSPAN has been airing on CSPAN3 regarding the Old Republicans, a groups of 19th-century American statesmen and men of letters who believed Jefferson and Madison had (almost) destroyed the republic during their respective presidencies. Taken as a whole, Russell Kirk argued in his first book, John [...]

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