Plato Yes, Radical Environmentalism No

By |2015-05-19T23:10:19-05:00July 23rd, 2012|Categories: Books, Classics, Environmentalism, Lee Cheek, Plato|

Eco-Republic:What the Ancients Can Teach Us about Ethics, Virtue, and Sustainable Living by Melissa Lane In this provocative and accessible reflection on the potential contributions of Platonic political thought to the resolution of contemporary environmental problems, Lane (Princeton) attempts to craft “an intuitive and imaginative model inspired by the ancients” (p. 6).  As a work [...]

A Neglected Defender of the Humane Tradition: Canon Bernard Iddings Bell

By |2016-07-26T15:54:32-05:00July 9th, 2012|Categories: Bernard Iddings Bell, Books, Christianity, Lee Cheek|

Clergyman, educator and social critic, Bernard Iddings Bell (October 13, 1886-September 5, 1958) was born in Dayton, Ohio, and educated at the University of Chicago (B.A., 1907), Western Theological Seminary (S.T.B., 1912), The University of the South (S.T.D., 1923), and he also received numerous honorary degrees. In college Bell temporarily rejected his Episcopal Church upbringing. Under [...]

Calhoun, Jefferson, and Popular Rule

By |2020-07-13T18:08:49-05:00March 20th, 2012|Categories: American Republic, John C. Calhoun, Lee Cheek, Politics, Republicanism, South, Thomas Jefferson|

According to John C. Calhoun, Thomas Jefferson served as the “Republican Patriarch,” the political thinker who had incorporated the republican understanding of liberty into a theory of federal relationships most conducive to the life of the community and political order. John Caldwell Calhoun inherited the social and political tradition of his South Atlantic world, [...]

The Methodist as Philosopher: Lynn Harold Hough

By |2016-02-12T15:28:41-06:00March 13th, 2012|Categories: Christian Humanism, Christianity, Culture, Lee Cheek|Tags: |

Lynn Harold Hough The First World War and the Great Depression provided myriad challenges to the mission of the Methodist Church. As a nation began to doubt its role in the modern world, one of the country’s most dominant and politically-engaged religious denominations sought to respond to the chaos by reconsidering its [...]

Agrarianism and Cultural Renewal

By |2014-01-09T09:03:53-06:00January 8th, 2012|Categories: Agrarianism, Culture, Lee Cheek, Southern Agrarians|

Among the contributions to I’ll Take My Stand, Allen Tate’s “Remarks on the Southern Religion” is usually interpreted as the most acerbic, immoderate, and unusual essay in the collection. All too often the essay is read as an apologia for violence or an eccentric defense of tradition. In fact, Tate–like his fellow Agrarians–was seeking [...]

W. H. Mallock Revisited

By |2014-02-04T15:11:12-06:00January 3rd, 2012|Categories: Conservatism, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Lee Cheek|

Lee Cheek To challenge the prevailing social and political orthodoxies of one’s time and place often encourages recrimination and eventual neglect. Such has been the fate of William Hurrell Mallock (1849-1923), a seminal thinker of the late Victorian period and a figure who is deserving of greater popular and scholarly attention. Mallock’s [...]

A Useful, New Introduction to the Inherited Tradition of Political Ideas

By |2014-02-18T14:21:17-06:00December 27th, 2011|Categories: Books, Lee Cheek, Politics|Tags: |

Spellman, W. M.  A Short History of Western Political Thought (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2011). In this readable and succinct volume, Spellman (University of North Carolina, Asheville) provides an introduction to the evolution of political ideas that have shaped the West.  The author synthesizes a tremendous body of historical and philosophical sources into an [...]

New Tocqueville Book a Disappointment

By |2014-01-09T09:11:57-06:00December 4th, 2011|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, Books, Lee Cheek|

Tocqueville and His America: A Darker Horizon, by Kaledin, Arthur. In this discursive study dedicated to interpreting the “character and thought” (xiii) of Tocqueville, Kaledin (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) concentrates upon the ancillary and “darker” (less than optimistic) legacies of Tocqueville’s writings and views on politics and society. While expressing admiration for Tocqueville, Kaledin is [...]

Forthcoming Paleoconservative Defense of Founding Principles

By |2014-04-11T15:18:29-05:00December 3rd, 2011|Categories: Books, Lee Cheek, Sean Busick|

Friends, Announcing a forthcoming book by The Imaginative Conservative contributors Lee Cheek & Sean Busick, The Founding of the American Republic. A fine addition to your list of books to enjoy in 2012. To be published by Continuum, December 2012. Below is the publisher’s description. This non partisan book brings often ignored people, ideas, and [...]

The Return of Sentiments to Jurisprudence

By |2014-01-09T09:15:29-06:00December 1st, 2011|Categories: Books, Lee Cheek|

Constitutional Sentiments by András Sajó This engaging and thoughtful book seeks to “consider the role of emotions in constitutional law, accepting that one cannot understand human behavior and law as a purely rational venture (p. 4).” The author, András Sajó, a practicing judge (European Court of Human Rights) and academic (Central European University), offers [...]

Republicanism and Liberty: The “Patrick Henry”/”Onslow” Debate

By |2019-12-06T13:36:49-06:00July 1st, 2011|Categories: John C. Calhoun, John Quincy Adams, Lee Cheek, Republicanism, Sean Busick|

“Mr. Onslow, the ablest among Speakers of the House of Commons, used to say ‘It was a maxim he had often heard when he was a young man, from old and experienced members, that nothing tended more to throw power into the hands of administration and those who acted with the majority of the [...]

Recovering the Declaration of Independence

By |2018-07-04T11:02:35-05:00July 1st, 2011|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Declaration of Independence, Featured, Lee Cheek, Sean Busick|

As Americans prepare to celebrate July 4th, and enter into an election cycle in which politicians of every stripe are apt to misappropriate the Founders’ legacy, there has never been a better time for us to reflect on the true meaning of the Declaration of Independence. Contrary to popular misconceptions, July 4, 1776 was [...]

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