Permanent Things

The Imaginative, Conservative Discipline of Memorization

By |2019-11-30T04:24:53-06:00November 29th, 2019|Categories: Imagination, Permanent Things, Tradition|

Memorization gives honor to the past, both with our time, which is required for memorization, and with our attention, our willingness to make the past part of ourselves. It seeks the voices of truth, goodness, or beauty, whenever they first lived, and listens. At the risk of sounding trite, memorization is the imaginative, conservative [...]

The Crucifixion and Resurrection of Truth

By |2019-11-16T21:13:52-06:00November 16th, 2019|Categories: Beauty, Books, Culture, Joseph Pearce, Permanent Things, Senior Contributors, Truth|

Books are liberating. Not all books, to be sure. Not the sort of books that are as bad as the fads they serve, the sort of books in which vanity vanquishes verity, and in which the passion for fashion crucifies truth. Not the sort of books that turn their readers into prisoners of the [...]

Is Specialization Killing Culture?

By |2019-07-03T13:39:39-06:00January 25th, 2019|Categories: Beauty, Civilization, Community, Culture, Michael De Sapio, Modernity, Permanent Things, Senior Contributors, The Imaginative Conservative, Truth, Western Civilization, Western Tradition|

If culture is simply a matter of private enthusiasms and hobbies, of small details and specialties, then what of a common culture? What about the collective project and shared sense of purpose that built Western civilization? “The expert takes a little subject for his province, and remains a provincial for the rest of his [...]

The Legacy of C.S. Lewis

By |2018-11-16T15:20:15-06:00April 23rd, 2018|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christianity, Literature, Permanent Things, Timeless Essays|

C.S. Lewis is recognized as a Christian lay apologist, a writer of children’s books, an adept novelist and fantasist, and a literary scholar and logician, still eliciting strong reactions, favorable or unfavorable, from his readers… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join James E. Person as he [...]

Enemies of the Permanent Things

By |2019-05-23T13:01:00-06:00January 14th, 2018|Categories: Benjamin Lockerd, Books, Civil Society, Conservatism, Culture, History, Literature, Permanent Things, Russell Kirk, T.S. Eliot, Tradition|

The necessity of personal morality in a thriving community is denied by the enemies of the permanent things, who do not believe that there are permanent standards of behavior or indeed an unchanging human nature, and who seek to create political systems that will make everyone happy without much effort… Enemies of the Permanent [...]

William F. Buckley: “God and Man at Yale”

By |2017-11-03T21:07:49-06:00July 4th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Conservatism, Education, Featured, Freedom, Liberal Learning, Permanent Things|

Buckley apparently did not resist the ideas of collectivism as successfully as he thought. Instead, he chose to aim for winning a contemporary battle rather than defending the Permanent Things… William F. Buckley’s God and Man at Yale is one of the classics of conservatism. Written in 1951 during the Cold War, the book [...]

Is the West Lost Forever?

By |2019-01-25T08:39:21-06:00April 7th, 2017|Categories: Christendom, Featured, Islam, Joseph Pearce, Permanent Things, Western Civilization|

The West is dying because it has turned its back on the Permanent Things.  But what will be left when the secularist “West” is dead?... I expected my recent essay “Race against Reason” to provoke an element of controversy and was not surprised when it elicited the following comment: Yes, this is all well and [...]

The Return of “Enemies of the Permanent Things”

By |2019-08-15T12:51:35-06:00July 25th, 2016|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, Featured, Permanent Things, Russell Kirk, Senior Contributors|

Of all Russell Kirk’s books, Enemies of the Permanent Things has the oddest history. Its origins were in the Darcy Lectures that Kirk delivered at Alabama College in 1958. Over the eleven years until its final publication, it evolved significantly, reflecting the evolution of Kirk’s own ideas, especially regarding T.S. Eliot. First appearing in [...]

Oak and Stone and the Permanent Things

By |2019-08-15T15:15:11-06:00April 24th, 2016|Categories: Edmund Burke, Permanent Things, T.S. Eliot, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Ian Crowe as he explores the thought of T.S. Eliot, Edmund Burke on the permanent things. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher For the present is the point at which time touches eternity. —C.S. Lewis[1] It was in 1939, in The Idea of a [...]

Our Cookie-Jar Elections: What Happened to the Permanent Things?

By |2016-08-04T23:52:52-06:00February 7th, 2016|Categories: Featured, Freedom, John Horvat, Permanent Things, Politics, Presidency, Russell Kirk|

The issues now being debated in the 2016 elections are framed as if the country revolved around a great big cookie jar. The benefits and promises candidates offer are like cookies that must be substantial, instantly gratifying, and abundant. All the problems the nation faces seem to be reduced to who has access to [...]

How Can We Transmit the Permanent Things?

By |2018-12-18T15:10:45-06:00January 4th, 2016|Categories: Christian Humanism, Christianity, Education, Featured, Liberal Learning, Permanent Things, Russell Kirk, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to explore the nature of education and its relation to the permanent things, lest we become a class of barbarians. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher Education and the Permanent Things If we are going to transmit the permanent things, we will have [...]

Restoring the Meaning of Conservatism

By |2019-06-06T18:33:15-06:00December 28th, 2015|Categories: Conservatism, Essential, Featured, George A. Panichas, Irving Babbitt, Permanent Things, Richard Weaver, Russell Kirk, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to explore the true meaning of conservatism and how we should restore it. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll get knocked down by anything.” —Anonymous It is now more than half a century since the publication [...]

Why You Should Stay in Your Hometown

By |2019-06-11T16:09:56-06:00November 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 [...]