Conserving the Word: Confessions of a Compulsive Writer

By |2015-01-06T14:50:17-06:00April 6th, 2014|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Russell Kirk, The Conservative Mind|

In the twentieth century it would be hard to find a better prose writer than Russell Amos Kirk. The competition is certainly stiff. Some of the best prose writing in the history of the English language sprang from the souls, minds, and hands of G.K. Chesterton, George Orwell, Albert Jay Nock, and William F. [...]

The Politics of Prescription: Russell Kirk’s Fifth Canon of Conservative Thought

By |2014-03-23T09:26:26-05:00March 23rd, 2014|Categories: Edmund Burke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Russell Kirk, The Conservative Mind|Tags: , |

Defending tradition is a difficult task in an age that is predisposed to innovation and change. Yet that has been the challenge to conservatives in the modern age. Modernity inverts the conservative prejudice for prescriptive wisdom; it favors change and innovation as the instruments of progress; it places faith in what Edmund Burke called [...]

The Conservative Mind at 60

By |2014-01-28T18:34:26-06:00January 28th, 2014|Categories: Gleaves Whitney, Russell Kirk, The Conservative Mind|

Speaking about The Conservative Mind on the book’s sixtieth anniversary, Gleaves Whitney explains why Russell Kirk chose Edmund Burke as his book’s central figure. Kirk believed that Burke understood the fragility of civilization and knew that free peoples will have both parties of innovation and conservation. How our culture appropriately balances the will of the two will [...]

Building the Conservative Mind

By |2019-11-14T15:11:13-06:00January 12th, 2014|Categories: Audio/Video, Russell Kirk, The Conservative Mind|

In this lecture, Dr. Christopher Hammons of Houston Baptist University addresses the way in which The Conservative Mind traces “a long train of conservative intellectuals contribute to the progress of the human condition despite” the liberalism of the intellectuals of the modern academy. As Kirk explains, conservatives hold “that a people’s core values and beliefs [...]

The 60th Anniversary of The Conservative Mind- What it Means to be Conservative

By |2014-01-21T11:25:21-06:00November 26th, 2013|Categories: Russell Kirk, The Conservative Mind|Tags: |

The sixty-year anniversary of The Conservative Mind is an opportunity to reflect on Russell Kirk’s achievement in shaping perceptions of conservatism. The book places conservatism in the larger tradition of Western civilization. It also connects it to particular thinkers who embodied the canons of conservatism Kirk describes in the first chapter. The canons intend [...]

Religion and The Conservative Mind

By |2014-09-29T10:51:11-05:00November 15th, 2013|Categories: Political Science Reviewer, Russell Kirk, The Conservative Mind|Tags: , |

To know The Conservative Mind is to know the mind of its remarkable author, Russell Kirk. He was an old-fashioned man—courtly, retiring, serene, formal in dress and manner—whose view of the world, proclaimed by every photograph, was traditional, anti-modern, even obscure. Captured in his study, his library, his home, surrounded by pens, books, family, and friends, [...]

Resistance is Futile? Battling the Cultural Borg

By |2014-09-22T14:35:52-05:00November 4th, 2013|Categories: Robert M. Woods, Russell Kirk, The Conservative Mind|

I have never concealed the truth that I am a Trekkie. Additionally, I have never hidden my conviction that I am a traditionalist and a conservative in the way defined by Russell Kirk. While there are thematic and ideological elements worthy of criticism in the Star Trek worldview, there is much that can be [...]

“The Conservative Mind” and America’s Historical Origins

By |2019-06-13T10:56:54-05:00October 27th, 2013|Categories: American Founding, Claes Ryn, Featured, Russell Kirk, The Conservative Mind|

In 1953, when Russell Kirk published The Conservative Mind, the reigning and virtually uncontested view of America among scholars and other intellectuals was that from the beginning America represented a break with the ancient traditions of Europe. America was not weighed down by feudal and aristocratic social structures and was born out of enlightened, progressive ideas. It [...]

The Conservative Mind’s Continuing Relevance at Sixty

By |2019-11-14T15:16:12-06:00October 24th, 2013|Categories: Audio/Video, Lee Cheek, The Conservative Mind|

The Conservative Mind by Dr. Russell Kirk, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, still exerts considerable influence over the intellectual elements of American Conservatism. Dr. H. Lee Cheek delivers a lecture on this book for The McConnell Center at the University of Louisville’s “Milestones of the 20th Century: Democracy in America” lecture series. [...]

The Opening of the Conservative Mind

By |2013-11-21T20:10:27-06:00October 21st, 2013|Categories: Books, The Conservative Mind|

When Russell Kirk’s Conservative Mind was published in 1953, conservatism was not yet a political or philosophical movement, and in fact the word conservatism was barely in the American lexicon. If not a movement, a few conservatives were beginning to be recognized as a growing political and intellectual force, largely because of their criticism [...]

Restoring the Meaning of Conservatism

By |2019-08-08T11:17:30-05:00October 20th, 2013|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, George A. Panichas, The Conservative Mind|Tags: |

The conservative as conservator guards against violations of our reverent traditions and legacy, and is, in fine, a preserver, a keeper, a custodian of sacred things and signs and texts… “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 [...]

Russell Kirk’s Imaginative Conservatism: “The Conservative Mind” at Sixty

By |2014-01-17T08:39:26-06:00October 14th, 2013|Categories: Conservatism, Russell Kirk, The Conservative Mind|Tags: |

Ronald Reagan and Russell Kirk (This is one of a series The Imaginative Conservative is publishing in honor of the sixtieth anniversary of Russell Kirk’s The Conservative Mind. Essays in the series may be found here.) President Barack Obama’s decisive electoral victory last November caused panic in some conservative circles. Questions about the continuing [...]

The Conservative Mind: A Book for the Next 60 Years

By |2014-12-29T17:47:56-06:00October 7th, 2013|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Conservatism, Russell Kirk, The Conservative Mind|

Russell Kirk (This is one of a series The Imaginative Conservative is publishing in honor of the sixtieth anniversary of Russell Kirk’s The Conservative Mind. Essays in the series may be found here.) The Conservative Mind, by Russell Kirk It has been sixty years since The Conservative Mind burst onto the scene, garnering [...]