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 [...]

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 [...]

The Founding Fathers – Our First Neocons?

By |2017-06-15T16:03:13-05:00August 7th, 2010|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Federalist Papers, Gleaves Whitney, Old Republic, Politics|

The imaginative conservative champions certain first principles in response to the fragmenting forces of modernity. Burke articulated a humane order to counter the “armed doctrines” of French revolutionaries in the eighteenth century; in turn, Kirk opposed the galloping statism and rapacious totalitarianism of the twentieth. These avatars set down principles that are drawn from [...]

Gather Round the Hearth to Enjoy Things

By |2017-06-12T15:51:15-05:00July 28th, 2010|Categories: Glenn Davis, Old Republic, Richard Weaver, Russell Kirk|Tags: |

Our pessimism begins with the realization that very few of our neighbors subscribe to such views today, maybe excepting the “loathing of public debt, taxes, and excises.” As Professors Frohnen and Birzer state, with the Louisiana Purchase, the original republican himself, Jefferson politically succumbed to the impulse to expand the nation and inflate the [...]