The Imaginative Conservatism of Education

By |2018-11-21T08:38:58-06:00March 30th, 2016|Categories: E.B., Education, Eva Brann, Featured, Imagination, Quotation, St. John's College|

My first and last care is not politics (a late-learned duty) but education (an abiding passion). Education seems to me inherently conservative, being the transmission, and thus the saving, of a tradition’s treasures of fiction and thought…. But education is also inherently imaginative, because from pre-school to graduate school, it consists, or should consist, [...]

Why Does the True Conservative Defend Private Enterprise?

By |2018-10-16T20:24:24-05:00March 23rd, 2016|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, Prospects for Conservatives, Quotation, RAK, Russell Kirk|

The true conservative does defend private enterprise stoutly; and one of the reasons why he cherishes it is that private enterprise is the only really practicable system, in the modern world, for satisfying our economic wants; but even more than this, he defends private enterprise as a means to an end. That end is a society just and [...]

Looking Beyond the Bloody Chaos of History

By |2018-08-28T09:04:09-05:00March 9th, 2016|Categories: Christendom, Christianity, Christopher Dawson, Quotation, St. Augustine|

It was in this age of ruin and distress that St. Augustine lived and worked. To the materialist, nothing could be more futile than the spectacle of Augustine busying himself with the reunion of the African Church and the refutation of the Pelagians, while civilisation was falling to pieces about his ears. It would [...]

Saving the World from Suicide

By |2016-02-12T21:51:21-06:00February 17th, 2016|Categories: Christianity, Quotation, T.S. Eliot|

The Universal Church is today, it seems to me, more definitely set against the World than at any time since Pagan Rome. I do not mean that our times are particularly corrupt; all times are corrupt. I mean that Christianity, in spite of certain local appearances, is not, and cannot be within measurable time, [...]

The New Organization: Putting Knowledge to Work

By |2019-09-02T10:11:28-05:00February 10th, 2016|Categories: Civil Society, Labor/Work, Quotation|

Society, community, and family are all conserving institutions. They try to maintain stability and to prevent, or at least to slow, change. But the modern organization is a destabilizer. It must be organized for innovation and innovation, as the great Austro-American economist Joseph Schumpeter said, is ‘creative destruction.’ And it must be organized for [...]

The Depths of Mozart’s Imagination

By |2017-01-26T23:14:40-06:00January 27th, 2016|Categories: Imagination, Quotation, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|

Mozart wrote everything with a facility and rapidity, which perhaps at first sight could appear as carelessness or haste; and while writing he never came to the klavier. His imagination presented the whole work, when it came to him, clearly and vividly…. In the quiet repose of the night, when no obstacle hindered his [...]

Conservatism: A Social Concept

By |2018-10-16T20:24:26-05:00January 13th, 2016|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, Prospects for Conservatives, Quotation, RAK|

Conservatism, then, is not simply the concern of the people who have a great deal of property and influence: it is a social concept important to everyone who desires equal justice and personal freedom and all the lovable old ways of humanity. —Russell Kirk, Prospects for Conservatives: A Compass for Rediscovering the Permanent Things [...]

Taking Idols into Their Hearts

By |2016-01-02T12:35:17-06:00January 6th, 2016|Categories: Christianity, Faith, Quotation, T.S. Eliot|

The number of people in possession of any criteria for discriminating between good and evil is very small; the number of the half-alive hungry for any form of spiritual experience, or what offers itself as spiritual experience, high or low, good or bad, is considerable. My own generation has not served them very well. [...]

The Truly Humane Man

By |2018-10-16T20:24:26-05:00December 30th, 2015|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, Quotation, RAK, Russell Kirk|

A truly humane man is a person who knows we were not born yesterday. He is familiar with many of the great books and the great men of the past, and with the best in the thought of his own generation. He has received a training of mind and character that chastens and ennobles [...]

Let Us Pull Ourselves Together

By |2019-09-02T11:22:00-05:00December 23rd, 2015|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christianity, Quotation|

The first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint [...]

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