The Real End of Economic Production

By |2018-10-16T20:24:23-05:00May 4th, 2016|Categories: Economics, Prospects for Conservatives, Quotation, RAK|

For the conservative, the real end of economic production is to raise man above the savage level, to make possible the leisure which sustains civilization, and to free man from the condition of a simple drudge. When efficiency or production becomes an end in itself, then truly technology has triumphed over humanity. —Prospects for Conservatives: [...]

The Inborn Instinct of an Artist

By |2016-04-20T12:41:32-05:00April 20th, 2016|Categories: Art, Quotation|

One is born an artist. The artist is a man with a special nature, possessing a peculiar sense…. If one lacks this sense, one is not an artist, and one can never become an artist, one will lose one’s time in hoping. The craft may be learned by study, by observation, by practice; it may [...]

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, primarily [...]

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 free, [...]

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 seem [...]

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, ‘official.’ [...]

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 [...]

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 soul, [...]

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