Four Book Recommendations for the Close of the Year

By |2020-11-23T17:09:59-06:00November 23rd, 2020|Categories: Books, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, Lee Cheek, Politics, Senior Contributors|

While 2021 will doubtless be an improvement over 2020, some grounding in the fundamental nature of the political order will prove useful. We can dispense with the contemporary political studies for a moment and perhaps consider the higher potentialities of politics. Here are a few books worth reading and giving as gifts: […]

American Liberty Reconsidered

By |2020-06-26T15:43:29-05:00July 3rd, 2019|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Independence Day, Lee Cheek, Liberty, Senior Contributors|

The continued success of our nation is dependent upon a recovery of our appreciation of liberty, a return to the original division of government power as prescribed by the Constitution, and a renewal of personal responsibility for perpetuating the regime. As we celebrate American Independence, it is appropriate to reflect upon the foundations of our [...]

Donald Davidson Revisited

By |2018-05-24T12:23:11-05:00May 24th, 2018|Categories: Culture, History, Lee Cheek, Philosophy, South|

Though he passed away in 1968, Donald Davidson’s efforts and criticisms continue to deserve much attention, since the South has become more decadent in its disregard for the past since his death… Mel Bradford has argued that no individual has exerted more influence upon the development of a profession of letters this century in the [...]

The Return of Liberal Theory

By |2017-07-06T00:24:43-05:00July 5th, 2017|Categories: Books, Lee Cheek, Liberal, Liberalism, Politics, Senior Contributors|

Contemporary liberalism provides solutions that only exacerbate current domestic and international tensions… The Cultural Defense of Nations: A Liberal Theory of Majority Rights by Liav Orgad (Oxford University Press, 2016) Liberal constitutional and political theory has increasingly defended the status of often newly created or invented minorities, defined more expansively with each new theoretical formulation, as [...]

Christmas Reading to Prepare for the Political Year Ahead

By |2016-12-20T15:34:14-06:00December 20th, 2016|Categories: Books, Christmas, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, Lee Cheek, Senior Contributors|

Here, dear readers, are four books to prepare you for the political season that lies ahead of us in 2017.... 1) Constitutional Morality and the Rise of Quasi-Law (Harvard University Press, 2016) The final work by my friend and mentor, the late and great George Carey, and also by one of the best scholars of [...]

Agrarianism and Cultural Renewal

By |2016-06-11T09:19:43-05:00May 15th, 2016|Categories: Agrarianism, Culture, Featured, Lee Cheek, Southern Agrarians, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Lee Cheek as he examines the importance of agrarianism in American life and the necessity of restoring its place within our culture. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher Among the contributions to I’ll Take My Stand, Allen Tate’s “Remarks on the Southern Religion” [...]

Edmund Burke, Rightly Understood

By |2016-04-14T23:43:05-05:00March 22nd, 2016|Categories: Books, Edmund Burke, Featured, Ian Crowe, Lee Cheek|

Patriotism and Public Spirit: Edmund Burke and the Role of the Critic in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Britain, by Ian Crowe (Stanford University Press, 2012) Ian Crowe’s recent, pioneering study of political philosopher Edmund Burke is a cause for celebration. It advances scholarly knowledge of Burke and the intellectual milieu that was so important to his development as a [...]

Should Yale Erase the Name of John C. Calhoun?

By |2016-01-24T09:13:07-06:00January 24th, 2016|Categories: American Founding, Culture, History, John C. Calhoun, Lee Cheek|

The misguided effort to have Yale University rename Calhoun College is a sign that we contemporary Americans have a tendency to forget who we are, and to engage in what has become known as political correctness. The advocates of political correctness want to corrupt history for temporary political gain, and their efforts are, sadly, a [...]

An Ode To Sophie, The World’s Greatest Tabster

By |2014-08-08T18:47:13-05:00August 8th, 2014|Categories: Lee Cheek, Love|Tags: |

As a traditionalist, a defender of the tried and true against the new and untried, a devotee of personal restraint when faced with overriding challenges, and a defender of the inherited tradition, the present writer has been a critic of change, especially dramatic upheavals, for all of his life. However, twelve years ago he was [...]

The Lord’s Supper as a Means of Grace: A Weary Methodist’s Perspective

By |2014-05-27T10:30:47-05:00May 25th, 2014|Categories: Christianity, Lee Cheek|

The current revival and increased appreciation of the sacraments within “Mainline” Protestantism provides the disciples of the Reformation with a great opportunity for liturgical recovery. While a renascence has been taking place for some decades, often distracted by “political” and “liturgically correct” elements, Methodists remain in a unique position to advance their understanding and recover [...]

Separation of Powers Affirmed

By |2019-02-19T15:53:29-06:00February 26th, 2014|Categories: Books, Lee Cheek|

Strong Constitutions: Social-Cognitive Origins of the Separation of Powers (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013) by Maxwell A. Cameron In this imaginative and readable book, Cameron (University of British Columbia) provides a learned defense of the separation of powers. While not disputing the importance of the separation of powers as a source of restraint in democratic theory, the [...]

An Advent Imbroglio and the Holy Trinity

By |2018-12-08T00:31:44-06:00December 24th, 2013|Categories: Advent, Christianity, Lee Cheek|

On December 22, 1994, my new bride and I were enjoying our third day of wedded bliss at Myrtle Beach on our honeymoon when my pastor-parish relations chair called to inform me that a church member had died. The preceding months had allowed me the opportunity to minister to this gentleman during his terminal illness, [...]

Christmas With A Point

By |2014-12-10T11:30:17-06:00December 12th, 2013|Categories: Books, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, Lee Cheek|

We need not assume the mantle of an anti-materialist to appreciate that a certain degree of social equilibrium is dismissed or ignored during the holidays, allowing for a lack of societal and personal restraint. Many otherwise normal considerations are subsumed into the pursuit of a “happy” holiday. All too often this demands we forgo normal [...]

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