Tools: Work Done Right

By |2021-06-14T15:02:14-05:00June 14th, 2021|Categories: Books, History, John Willson, Labor/Work, Timeless Essays|

Tools are a significant part of the permanent things, but they are also relative to time, place, and function. That is, we are tool-using animals, whether it is a flint-edged knife, or the one supposedly developed by Jim Bowie, or the Swiss Army knife. Or to put it another way, we are an ingenious species, [...]

A Call to Reform: Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “The Cry of the Children”

By |2021-06-08T11:47:34-05:00June 8th, 2021|Categories: Culture, Justice, Labor/Work, Literature, Poetry|

Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poem “The Cry of the Children” recognizes the injustice of the exploitation of child labor, but her protest is not so much against the eternal class struggle as it is against the failures of her culture to remain true to its long-held beliefs. Her poem is thus a call to conserve culture [...]

Friedrich-Georg Jünger on Technology & Prometheanism

By |2021-06-01T19:40:04-05:00June 2nd, 2021|Categories: Civilization, Culture, Economics, Modernity, Philosophy, Science, Technology|

According to Friedrich-Georg Jünger, modern man’s veneration of technology reveals his distant kinship to the Titans of myth. This ‘titanic’ impulse to dominate and consume expresses itself through our technology-driven industrial economy, which now determines every aspect of life from the air we breathe to the food we eat. Ongoing debates concerning the growing power [...]

Why Can’t They Make Beautiful Windmills?

By |2021-05-21T12:54:32-05:00May 21st, 2021|Categories: Beauty, Civilization, Culture, Economics, Environmentalism, John Horvat, Technology|

No one wants these disproportional, ugly windmills. People don’t want their views obstructed. Even in a godless society, the modern cult of ugliness is so unnatural that human nature rebels against it. So why can’t they make beautiful windmills? Why must the industry insist upon these cold, depressing behemoths? A green new world is coming [...]

Car Repair, Self-Interest, & the Benevolent Investor

By |2021-05-19T10:43:50-05:00May 19th, 2021|Categories: Adam Smith, Alexis de Tocqueville, Christopher B. Nelson, Happiness, Liberal Learning, St. John's College, Timeless Essays|

The figure of the universally benevolent man seems in many circles to have taken a back seat to the stunted, self-centered Economic Man. We ought to ask ourselves: Are we losing a nuanced sense of self-interest rightly understood? I have been reminiscing a lot lately, probably a sign of my age. But I recently came to [...]

The American College of the Building Arts

By |2021-06-11T09:02:07-05:00May 7th, 2021|Categories: Architecture, Beauty, Culture, Education, Labor/Work, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, W. Winston Elliott III|

A. Wade Razzi, Chief Academic Officer at American College of the Building Arts, is interviewed by W. Winston Elliott III, Editor-in-Chief of The Imaginative Conservative. W. Winston Elliott III: Describe ACBA and its mission. The American College of the Building Arts was founded in the wake of Hurricane Hugo, which did massive damage to the [...]

Economic Visions

By |2021-04-21T15:46:53-05:00April 22nd, 2021|Categories: Art, Culture, Economics|

The sheer variety of economic schools and methods suggests that there must be something influencing researchers before they even begin to address their questions. Economic literature expresses a set of pre-existing convictions, a vision of the social world, in the same way art does. Economists often complain that no one takes their advice, yet it [...]

A New Homestead Act

By |2021-04-12T14:24:25-05:00April 15th, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Distributism, Economics|

Land and property ownership are no small matters for a Republic, and we can right the wrongs of the past by empowering American families with land. In the process, we can create a more just society based on distributist and Christian ideas that will strengthen the social fabric of the Republic. “America is really only [...]

Craftsmanship Can Save the World: The American College of Building Arts

By |2021-04-27T21:39:15-05:00March 28th, 2021|Categories: Architecture, Beauty, Joseph Pearce, Labor/Work, Senior Contributors, Timeless Essays|

All lovers of beauty and tradition will rejoice at the emergence of the American College of the Building Arts and will hope that it is the first of many such schools to be established in the future. It is radical in the best sense of the word, insofar as it is rooted in the heritage of [...]

Building Back Better, You Say? It’s All About Scale

By |2021-03-19T11:13:00-05:00March 22nd, 2021|Categories: Architecture, Civilization, Culture, Economics|

With all the vexations of Covid-19, economic forces are undermining suburban life. The suburbs, tricked out as they were for incessant motoring, present a more tragic picture as we leave mass motoring behind: slums, salvage, ruins. But the good news is there is another way, and it’s a better way: the traditional town. In these [...]

Conservative Skepticism and the Pandemic

By |2020-12-29T20:06:20-06:00December 29th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Coronavirus, David Deavel, Economics, Politics, Senior Contributors, Timeless Essays|

Conservatives tend to be skeptical about the doom-and-gloom scenarios that are being presented as absolute certainties unless the country as a whole is essentially shut down for months. Many have called us “deniers” or accused us of valuing money over human life. But I believe that this skepticism is both eminently reasonable and will prove [...]

“Action vs. Contemplation”: Busy Americans & Lockdowns

By |2020-12-11T16:31:35-06:00December 11th, 2020|Categories: Books, Culture, Labor/Work, Leisure|

For those facing another virus lockdown, the book “Action versus Contemplation” helps reframe the mind by revisiting the classic and ongoing dialectic between the contemplative life and the active life. Action versus Contemplation: Why an Ancient Debate Still Matters, by Jennifer Summit and Blakey Vermeule (256 pages, University of Chicago Press, 2018) “Action versus contemplation” [...]

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