Fire Extinguishers at the Economic and Environmental Flood

By |2019-08-20T22:49:54-05:00August 20th, 2019|Categories: American Republic, David Deavel, Economics, Environmentalism, Modernity|

The real problem in the modern world is not that there are too many babies, but too few. In the end, both economics and environmentalism depend upon people. Money and the earth are made for man, and not man for money and the earth. The fashionable mindset among celebrities, royals, and too many ordinary [...]

Edmund Burke on Revolutionary Armies and Taxes

By |2019-08-27T16:41:54-05:00December 13th, 2018|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Civil Society, Conservation, Edmund Burke, Edmund Burke series by Bradley Birzer, Revolution, Taxes|

Though a classic in its own right, and arguably the first book on conservatism in the modern world, Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France of 1790 is inconsistent as a coherent work. And, yet, even in its unevenness, it reveals an act of genius. Burke himself points out that the greatest and truest things in [...]

“Ballade of the Environment”

By |2018-07-12T10:19:48-05:00September 9th, 2018|Categories: Environmentalism, Poetry|

They say that we are running out Of everything; if we don’t wean Ourselves from greed, continually flout The laws of Nature—put ourselves in quarantine From Baltimore to Bethnal Green— We’ll crash this Spaceship Earth if we don’t man it, And all become more fit and lean; They say that it will save the [...]

Wendell Berry’s “What Are People For?”

By |2018-08-30T21:13:19-05:00August 30th, 2018|Categories: Books, Conservation, Conservatism, Modernity, Wendell Berry|

As one reads What Are People For?, an important underlying and unifying theme—the struggle to avoid abstraction—emerges, a theme which reveals perhaps Wendell Berry’s greatest concern about modern life... What Are People For? by Wendell Berry (224 pages, North Point Press, 1990) “We should love life,” Dostoyevski once said, “more than the idea of life.” It is [...]

The Conservative’s Dilemma

By |2019-02-07T12:07:59-05:00December 21st, 2017|Categories: Books, Conservation, Conservatism, Environmentalism, Politics|

The imaginative conservative must not just be a person  who parrots the slogans of other conservatives without understanding the details and the truths which are often two-sided coins or even multifaceted gems. Rather, the imaginative conservative must see things from different angles, must be able to plan, must see the interactions among religion, history, [...]

Wendell Berry on the Environment, the Economy, & the Imagination

By |2017-11-12T22:14:34-05:00November 12th, 2017|Categories: Conservation, Economics, Environmentalism, Hope, Imagination, Religion, Timeless Essays, Wendell Berry|

The power of imagination is to see things whole, to see things clearly, to see things with sanctity, to see things with love… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Alan Cornett as he discusses Wendell Berry’s thoughts on environmentalism and climate change, wealth and the economy, hope [...]

Conserving America: On the Recovery of Political Theory

By |2019-08-08T15:17:06-05:00May 23rd, 2017|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, American Founding, American Republic, Books, Conservation, Featured, Philosophy|

The recovery of political theory is necessary for American political life, for without it, our love of our country may be on unstable grounds. There is nothing more natural, wholesome, and genuinely conservative than to love those places we are from, even with—and perhaps especially because of—all their imperfections…  Conserving America? Essays on Present [...]

Ecology in Light of Integral Human Development

By |2019-10-10T13:41:58-05:00August 13th, 2016|Categories: Caritas in Veritate, Catholicism, Communio, Conservation, David L. Schindler, Environmentalism, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis, Romano Guardini, St. John Paul II|

Integral human development sets the context within which alone an adequate approach to ecology can be conceived. In what follows, I will focus on the key principles of this proposal in terms of the habits of presence demanded by the generosity inherent in creation. The term ecology, as is well-known, comes from the Greek [...]

Conservatism Means Conservation

By |2018-10-15T18:36:36-05:00July 17th, 2016|Categories: Beauty, Conservation, Conservatism, Environmentalism, Featured, Roger Scruton, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Roger Scruton as he considers the conservative nature of environmentalism. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher Environmentalism has all the hallmarks of a left-wing cause: a class of victims (future generations), an enlightened vanguard who fights for them (the eco-warriors), powerful Philistines who [...]

Understanding the Bohemian Conservative

By |2019-06-06T11:29:43-05:00June 14th, 2016|Categories: Conservation, Conservatism, Featured, Language, Natural Rights Tradition, Ted McAllister, Western Tradition|

Half-knowledge is more victorious than whole knowledge: it understands things as being more simple than they are and this renders its opinions more easily intelligible and more convincing. –Nietzsche Several years ago, I heard a scientist being interviewed on NPR declare that humans are “just sacks of rapidly degenerating amino acids,” or something similar. [...]

Why You Should Stay in Your Hometown

By |2019-06-11T16:09:56-05:00November 8th, 2015|Categories: Conservation, Culture, Family, Featured, Permanent Things, Tradition|

On the whole, it would appear to be for the best that the great majority of human beings should go on living in the place in which they were born. —T.S. Eliot, Notes towards the Definition of Culture Americans have never learned to cherish permanence. Alexis de Tocqueville once said that an American will build [...]

The Leisure of “Walden”

By |2015-12-30T09:37:30-05:00November 7th, 2015|Categories: Beauty, Conservation, Featured|

Even before the age of consumerism, overspending, and credit card debt, an American writer of the nineteenth century identified an economic problem that has proliferated and reached a point of crisis in the twenty-first century. Thoreau observes that the typical New England farmers of his day perform burdensome toil more onerous than the labors [...]

Can Conservatives Love Pope Francis’ Environmentalism?

By |2015-09-24T17:17:36-05:00September 26th, 2015|Categories: Culture, Environmentalism, Pope Francis|

Following the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on human society and the environment, many have lauded what it says about the climate. The Sierra Club pontificated that “Pope Francis’ guidance as a pastor and a teacher shines a light on the moral obligation we all share to address the climate crisis that transcends borders [...]

Should Conservatives Care about the Earth?

By |2015-07-04T09:55:05-05:00July 2nd, 2015|Categories: Conservation, Conservatism, Featured, Roger Scruton|

How to Think Seriously about the Planet: The Case for an Environmental Conservatism, by Roger Scruton. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. 464 pp. The British philosopher Roger Scruton has emerged as one of a rare breed today: the prominent public intellectual who writes on matters of broad interest in ways that, while accessible [...]