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. Never [...]

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 and [...]

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 and [...]

History: The Myth We Live

By |2020-04-24T09:54:05-05:00December 9th, 2015|Categories: History, Myth, Quotation|

Historical sense and poetic sense should not, in the end, be contradictory, for if poetry is the little myth we make, history is the big myth we live, and in our living, constantly remake. –Robert Penn Warren, Brother to Dragons: A Tale in Verse and Voices (Voices of the South) […]

The Unbought Grace of Life: Liberal Learning

By |2019-10-10T14:57:01-05:00December 2nd, 2015|Categories: Civilization, Featured, Liberal Learning, Prospects for Conservatives, Quotation, RAK, Russell Kirk|

What the church is to the spirit of religion, liberal learning is to the unbought grace of life—the only means for realizing the end. Where there is no liberal learning, in the long run there is no civilization—at least no civilization in our Christian and Western tradition. For some years or even generations after liberal [...]

Chaos: The Gestating Principle of Civilization

By |2021-03-21T11:58:54-05:00November 25th, 2015|Categories: Civilization, Family, Featured, Quotation, Will Durant|

A certain tension between religion and society marks the higher stages of every civilization. Religion begins by offering magical aid to harassed and bewildered men; it culminates by giving to a people that unity of morals and belief which seem so favorable to statesmanship and art; it ends by fighting suicidally in the lost cause of the past. [...]

Liberty: The Deepest Whole Self of Man

By |2015-11-18T12:39:16-06:00November 18th, 2015|Categories: Community, Freedom, Liberty, Quotation|

Men are free when they belong to a living, organic, believing community, active in fulfilling some unfulfilled, perhaps unrealized purpose. Not when they are escaping to some wild west. The most unfree souls go west, and shout of freedom… The shout is a rattling of chains… Liberty in America has meant so far the breaking [...]

New World Order: Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace?

By |2018-10-16T20:24:29-05:00November 4th, 2015|Categories: Quotation, RAK, Russell Kirk|

Presidents of the United States must not be encouraged to make Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace, nor to fancy that they can establish a New World Order through eliminating dissenters. In the second century before Christ, the Romans generously liberated the Greek city-states from the yoke of Macedonia. But it was not long before the [...]

Liberal Education and the Free Mind

By |2020-04-20T11:38:05-05:00October 14th, 2015|Categories: Featured, Intelligence, Liberal Learning, Quotation, St. John's College|

Liberal education has as its end the free mind, and the free mind must be its own teacher. Stringfellow Barr & Scott Buchanan I have some questions I want to ask you, questions for St. John’s graduates and questions for American citizens. As I understand the questions, one leads to another, and they [...]

Liberal Education: Experience in Things Beautiful

By |2017-01-15T01:14:45-06:00October 7th, 2015|Categories: Featured, Leo Strauss, Liberal Learning, Quotation|

Liberal education, which consists in the constant intercourse with the greatest minds, is a training in the highest form of modesty, not to say of humility. It is at the same time a training in boldness: It demands from us the complete break with the noise, the rush, the thoughtlessness, the cheapness of the Vanity [...]

The Wise Harmony of Justice

By |2015-09-22T11:36:26-05:00September 30th, 2015|Categories: Justice, Philosophy, Plato, Quotation|

And the truth is, justice was something like that, as it seems, but not anything connected with doing what properly belongs to oneself externally, [443D] but with what’s on the inside, that truly concerns oneself and properly belongs to oneself, not allowing each thing in him to do what’s alien to it, or the classes [...]

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