Russell Kirk (1918-1994) was the author of some thirty-two books, hundreds of periodical essays, and many short stories. Both Time and Newsweek have described him as one of America’s leading thinkers, and The New York Times acknowledged the scale of his influence when in 1998 it wrote that Kirk’s 1953 book The Conservative Mind “gave American conservatives an identity and a genealogy and catalyzed the postwar movement.”

Russell Kirk, Sage of Piety Hill: Planting Seeds for Generations to Come

By |2019-06-13T11:30:18-05:00October 19th, 2018|Categories: Barbara J. Elliott, Conservatism, Moral Imagination, Russell Kirk|

Russell and Annette Kirk with the author Driving across the snowy landscape of Michigan the day after Christmas in 1973, I was somewhat apprehensive. I had been invited to take part in the first seminar of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute in the ancestral home of Dr. Russell Kirk at Piety Hill. We were [...]

Firing the Imagination: The Legacy of Russell Kirk

By |2018-10-19T07:46:17-05:00October 19th, 2018|Categories: Conservatism, Prospects for Conservatives, Russell Kirk, The Imaginative Conservative, W. Winston Elliott III|

Russell Kirk offers us a rich legacy in words and deeds. If we heed them we may yet play our part in preserving our Republic’s ordered liberty... The thought of Dr. Russell Kirk has inspired many people and many projects, including the journal that you are now reading. Founded by Dr. Bradley Birzer and myself [...]

Columbus the Exemplar

By |2018-10-16T20:23:52-05:00October 7th, 2018|Categories: Christendom, Culture, History, Leadership, RAK, Russell Kirk, Timeless Essays|

Christopher Columbus offers us the example of those virtues that the old Romans called fortitude and constancy; and the example of those virtues that the early Christians called faith and hope... Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Russell Kirk as he considers the character and legacy of the [...]

Bradley Birzer and the Russell Kirk Revival

By |2018-08-24T23:45:10-05:00August 24th, 2018|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, Conservatism, Russell Kirk|

While explicating Russell Kirk, Dr. Birzer is drawing attention to a larger conservative intellectual tradition and inviting a reconsideration of what that tradition has to offer. Dr. Birzer is here not merely an erudite and perceptive historian but also a thinker in his own right... Russell Kirk: American Conservative by Bradley Birzer (574 pages, University Press [...]

John Randolph in His Own Words

By |2019-05-25T14:34:57-05:00August 7th, 2018|Categories: Books, Conservatism, History, John Randolph of Roanoke, Russell Kirk|Tags: |

Collected Letters of John Randolph of Roanoke to Dr. John Brockenbrough, 1812-1833, edited by Kenneth Shorey (157 pages, Transaction Books, 1988) Planter, statesman, orator, and diplomat, John Randolph of Roanoke (1773-1833) stands out as one of the most fascinating characters ever to strut across the stage of American politics. Born to one of the [...]

The Rarity of the God-Fearing Man

By |2019-05-09T12:01:07-05:00July 1st, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Conservatism, Culture, RAK, Religion, Russell Kirk, Timeless Essays, Virtue|

Forgetting that there exists such a state as salutary dread, modern man has become spiritually foolhardy. The God-fearing man is rare… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Russell Kirk as he explores the moral strength and influence that result from fearing God. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher A [...]

Obdurate Adversaries of Modernity

By |2019-10-24T12:59:07-05:00June 3rd, 2018|Categories: Conservatism, Modernity, RAK, Russell Kirk|

The adversaries of Modernity were raising their voices some forty years ago in Switzerland, France, Australia, and other countries; the journal Modern Age was intended to become, in considerable part, an American protest against the illusions of Modernity; and so it has remained… It was not without irony, thirty years ago, that I clapped the [...]

Cultural Debris: Two Conferences & the Future of Our Civilization

By |2019-04-04T12:47:00-05:00May 20th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Economics, Political Economy, RAK, Russell Kirk, Western Civilization|Tags: |

There still are men and women enough among us who know what makes life worth living—enough of them to keep out the modern barbarian, if they are resolute. If they are not resolute, and if they cannot make common cause, the garment of our civilization will go to the rag-bin, and the cultural debris [...]

Decadence in the American University

By |2019-10-16T13:41:36-05:00May 14th, 2018|Categories: Books, Culture, Education, RAK, Russell Kirk|Tags: , |

Increasingly, the university becomes the servant of the public desires of the hour, and correspondingly neglects its old duty of waking the moral imagination and disciplining the liberal intellect… The American University: How It Runs, Where It Is Going by Jacques Barzun (356 pages, University of Chicago Press, 1993) As C.E.M. Joad put it, “decadence [...]

How Neoconservatives Destroyed Southern Conservatism

By |2019-02-14T13:15:31-06:00May 10th, 2018|Categories: Agrarianism, Conservatism, Ideology, Neoconservatism, Politics, Russell Kirk, South, The Imaginative Conservative, William F. Buckley Jr.|

Neither the leftist Marxist multiculturalists nor the Neoconservatives reflect the genuine beliefs or inheritance left to us by those who came to these shores centuries ago. Both reject the historic conservatism of the South, which embodied that inheritance and the vision of the Founders… No discussion of Southern conservatism, its history and its relationship [...]

Simplicity & Audacity in Reform: A Call for Reactionary Radicalism

By |2018-10-16T20:23:57-05:00May 6th, 2018|Categories: Education, Liberal Learning, RAK, Russell Kirk|Tags: |

There now exists a general dissatisfaction with the present sunk condition of higher learning; complacency having trickled away, reform is conceivable… For a quarter of a century, the higher education in America has been sinking lower. Agreement on this subject is so widespread that I need not labor the point: others will offer you [...]

The Essence of Conservatism

By |2020-02-01T12:05:02-06:00April 28th, 2018|Categories: Conservatism, Edmund Burke, Essential, History, RAK, Russell Kirk, The Imaginative Conservative, Timeless Essays, Tradition|

A conservative is not, by definition, a selfish or a stupid person; instead, he is a person who believes there is something in our life worth saving… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Russell Kirk as he explores the essence of conservatism and the ten principles [...]

The Soundness of Reinhold Niebuhr

By |2018-10-16T20:23:59-05:00April 22nd, 2018|Categories: Books, Christianity, History, RAK, Russell Kirk|Tags: |

To many American Protestants, Reinhold Niebuhr restored an understanding of the truth of the dogma of Original Sin, as expressed in the myth of Adam’s fall. Yet in the defense of other Christian dogmata, was he indeed so strong-hearted and strong-minded as he generally is taken to have been?… Niebuhr and His Age: Reinhold [...]

Russell Kirk and the Moral Imagination

By |2018-10-17T15:14:55-05:00April 16th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Imagination, Moral Imagination, Russell Kirk, The Imaginative Conservative, Timeless Essays|

The “moral imagination” goes beyond our personal, individual experiences to help us fathom the depths of human dignity in light of God’s creation… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Robert Stacey as he explores the moral imagination, as understood by Russell Kirk, and it’s role in [...]