Conservatism

In Defense of Archaisms

By |2019-09-14T23:01:03-05:00September 14th, 2019|Categories: Conservatism, Joseph Pearce, Language, Senior Contributors|

Archaisms renew the language; they are the means by which language is renovated and restored to its original splendor. It is the old things that make all things new. The “coming peril” was not Bolshevism, G.K. Chesterton said in 1927, only ten years after the Bolshevik Revolution, it was “standardization by a low standard.” For [...]

Conservatism and Our Constitutional Inheritance

By |2019-09-08T23:16:39-05:00September 8th, 2019|Categories: Congress, Conservatism, Donald Trump, Populism, Presidency, Timeless Essays|

The constitutional inheritance is not merely a gift to be expended or consumed; it is a responsibility to be stewarded. This sense of intergenerational obligation—debts to the past and future—is the most solid and powerful grounding for originalism and respect for constitutional form. Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the [...]

Tacitus and the Germans

By |2019-09-06T22:53:48-05:00September 6th, 2019|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Conservatism, History, Senior Contributors, Western Odyssey Series|

One of our earliest examinations and appraisals of the Germanic peoples—those tall, blonde or red-haired, light-eyed barbarians to the North—comes from the Roman republican, Tacitus. Tacitus, to be sure, wrote with distinct bias. He wanted to show the Germans as natural republicans while implying that the Romans had lost their republican simplicity and manners [...]

Legalizing the Resurrection

By |2019-09-09T11:52:05-05:00August 30th, 2019|Categories: Conservatism, Glenn Arbery, Modernity, Religion, Senior Contributors, Wyoming Catholic College|

Many in our society consider religion merely an instrument of power, and they believe that the “correction” of inherited beliefs and practices can be forced upon the unwilling. But there’s an enormous difference between people who choose the real common good and people forced to submit to a state ideology. When I went into [...]

Moral Education From Birmingham Jail

By |2019-08-27T21:48:31-05:00August 27th, 2019|Categories: Conservatism, Modernity, Morality, Worldview|

In an age of moral confusion, Martin Luther King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" offers welcome clarity. Its rhetoric still has power today, with memorable phrases like "justice too long delayed is justice denied" and "Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability." But the heart of his argument, that man-made laws are just [...]

The Hebrews Take a King

By |2019-08-27T12:38:20-05:00August 26th, 2019|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Christianity, Conservatism, History, Israel, Senior Contributors, Western Civilization, Western Odyssey Series|

Jealous of the political systems of their neighbors, the Hebrew people begged for a king, despite God’s warning against taking one. Given the chaos that ensued, it is well worth considering that there always remained the Hebraic love of law; indeed, it is from the Hebrews that America inherited an understanding of the sanctity [...]

George Will’s “The Conservative Sensibility”

By |2019-08-21T22:27:52-05:00August 21st, 2019|Categories: American Founding, Books, Conservatism, Government, Politics|

In “The Conservative Sensibility,” George Will posits that taming the administrative state and restoring the principles of the American Founding is the great American political project of the 21st century. But is the country up to the task? The Conservative Sensibility, by George F. Will (640 pages, Hachette Books, 2019) If prudence is a [...]

Ten Things I Hate About You

By |2019-08-21T22:53:18-05:00August 21st, 2019|Categories: Abortion, Conservatism, Foreign Affairs, Freedom, Government, Joseph Mussomeli, Liberalism, Politics, Rights, Senior Contributors|

America would be a more wholesome, more unified, and more decent place if liberals stopped thinking they have a monopoly on compassion and intelligence and conservatives stopped thinking they have a monopoly on patriotism and God. Warning: This is not a twenty-years-too-late movie review of a loosely-adapted romantic-comedy of The Taming of the Shrew. [...]

We Need More Imaginative Conservatives

By |2019-08-02T10:38:53-05:00July 28th, 2019|Categories: Conservatism, Culture, Imagination, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Politics|

Imagination is what makes a person human. A well-developed imagination is the key to a richer, fuller life, not just for the individual but for the community. When society suffers a loss of imagination, counterfeit forms of it will start appearing. Therefore, it should be the goal of conservatives to revive society’s imagination. It [...]

Top Ten Conservative Books, 1924-1954

By |2019-07-23T00:39:54-05:00July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, Conservatism, Culture, Literature, Senior Contributors|

One of the single most important reasons the conservative movement became a movement is because it had writers of the highest caliber. They presented their ideas so convincingly and so pleasingly that even their most ardent critics had to take notice. Given my association with The Imaginative Conservative as well as with Hillsdale College, [...]

Photography as Propaganda

By |2019-07-16T11:20:36-05:00July 14th, 2019|Categories: Conservatism, Foreign Affairs, Immigration, Joseph Mussomeli, Modernity, Politics, Senior Contributors|

Images certainly can be much more compelling than mere words. But like words, how images are used and when they are used are opportunities for manipulation. The photograph is unnerving. One cannot look at it without it breaking your heart. It is the sort of image that sticks in your mind forever and haunts [...]