Why Society Needs to Cultivate a True Elite Class

By |2019-03-11T14:42:21-05:00June 26th, 2018|Categories: Civil Society, Culture, John Horvat, Leadership, Social Order|

All healthy societies must have elites. The real question is: How do we cultivate true elites who will fully carry out their proper role in society? The problem with our present, meritocratic elites is that they do not know how to carry out these obligations… There was a time when the nation was ruled by a [...]

The Necessity of Dogmas in Schooling

By |2021-04-29T13:01:39-05:00April 8th, 2018|Categories: Civil Society, Conservatism, Culture, Education, RAK, Russell Kirk, Social Order|Tags: |

As the rising generation is left ignorant of our civilization’s dogmas—or is encouraged to discard them—strange new dogmas rush in to fill the spiritual vacuum… All societies, in all times, have lived by dogmas. When dogmas are abandoned, the social bonds dissolve—swiftly or slowly; and the “open” society ceases to be a society at all, [...]

William Dean Howells’ Cautionary Tale for Decadent Americans

By |2019-08-22T13:51:05-05:00August 24th, 2017|Categories: Books, Christianity, Civil Society, Culture, Featured, Literature, Mark Malvasi, Social Order|

In A Traveler From Altruria, William Dean Howells reminded Americans that if they continued to justify their egoism and selfishness at the expense of the common good, all that had profited them in this world would have been purchased at the cost of their souls Dismissed as an apologist for the manners and morals of [...]

From Myths to Fact and Back Again

By |2019-03-28T11:44:20-05:00August 13th, 2017|Categories: Civilization, Featured, Ideology, Information Age, Myth, Politics, Social Order, Technology|

A democratic society requires an informed base of voters making political judgments on the basis of commonly accepted information. When reliable authorities no longer hold sway, unscrupulous authoritarians can step in to fill the void… “We have a risk of getting to a place where we don’t have shared public facts. A republic will not [...]

The Cultivation of Complexity: Reading Wendell Berry

By |2021-04-28T15:04:31-05:00July 13th, 2017|Categories: Aristotle, Civilization, Featured, Liberal Learning, Richard Weaver, Social Order, Southern Agrarians, Wendell Berry|

Wendell Berry’s poetry sings with the love of a man for his home, enticing the reader to embrace his vision of local agrarian economy as sufficient for the good life. “From knowledge of the forest comes/at last knowledge of forestry:/what, without permanent damage,/can be spared and carefully removed,/leaving the whole forest whole. This learning/’takes decades. [...]

Carnival and Revolution

By |2021-02-16T05:11:23-06:00June 21st, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Donald Trump, Social Order|

Prudence is at the heart of the conservative disposition toward the world, and prudence calls us to laugh with conscience, recognizing that laughter can just as easily undermine goodness as it can affirm and celebrate that goodness. And lest this sound like a mood-dampening admonishment, let us also remember that the only true festival is [...]

Ten Books Turning Our Freshmen into Social Justice Warriors

By |2017-09-29T10:43:59-05:00June 7th, 2017|Categories: Books, Education, Featured, Social Order|

If colleges are rapidly increasing the amount of social justice-based material that they feed their students, is it any wonder that they are experiencing a surge in protests…? It seems one can’t open an internet browser these days without seeing some new story on the unrest and chaos prevailing throughout college campuses. One of the [...]

Can We Heal the Divisions of this Election?

By |2016-12-05T09:03:40-06:00November 11th, 2016|Categories: Donald Trump, Featured, Political Philosophy, Politics, Rhetoric, Social Order, Western Civilization|

How could anyone vote for him?” “How could anyone vote for her?” In a contentious election between candidates with historically high disapproval ratings, voters across the country were asking such questions, incredulous that their fellow Americans could be on the other side this time. These questions were encouraged by the rhetorical strategies of both campaigns, which focused on establishing [...]

The Crisis of Human Order

By |2020-01-14T11:42:47-06:00September 19th, 2016|Categories: Civilization, Economics, History, Social Order, Western Civilization|

Editor’s Note: This is the third and final essay in a series; the first essay may be found here; the second may be found here. Analyzed Partial Responses Two other responses to crisis can be identified: economic individualism and spiritual individualism. Here we can give only a simplified characterization of each position. For unlike the unanalyzed [...]

John Adams on the Passion for Distinction in Society

By |2019-07-09T14:22:23-05:00September 14th, 2016|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Civil Society, Democracy, Featured, John Adams, Liberty, Monarchy, Politics, Social Order|

Political Architecture: The Natural Order of the Many A full understanding of the passion for distinction requires that we look at man not only as the object of attention but also as the agent of notice, as he responds to other men who excel him in any of the qualities of fortune. Viewing men in [...]

Could Adam Smith Have Loved Distributism?

By |2020-07-16T16:51:36-05:00April 24th, 2016|Categories: Adam Smith, Capitalism, Distributism, Economics, Social Order|

There are several areas in which distributists and free-market economists can find common ground, and even common ends. Both share a desire for more widespread ownership of the means of production, and a desire for a less powerful centralized state. With this essay, I am venturing into unfamiliar territory. My previous essays featured in this journal have [...]

The Enduring Significance of Edmund Burke

By |2018-10-16T20:24:33-05:00July 9th, 2015|Categories: Conservatism, Edmund Burke, Featured, Order, Ordered Liberty, RAK, Russell Kirk, Social Order|

What Matthew Arnold called “an epoch of concentration” seems to be impending over the English-speaking world. The revolutionary impulses and the social enthusiasms which have dominated this era since their great explosion in Russia are now confronted with a countervailing physical and intellectual force. Communism, Fascism, and their kindred expansive ideologies all in their fashion [...]

The First Dystopian: Robert Hugh Benson

By |2017-01-10T15:34:47-06:00April 24th, 2015|Categories: Books, Dystopia, Dystopian Literature series by Bradley Birzer, Social Order|

The first great dystopian writers of the twentieth century came from upstanding British families. Arguably the first twentieth-century dystopian, Robert Hugh Benson was the third son of E.W. Benson, the Archbishop of Canterbury (1882-1896). Following the wishes of his father, Robert took holy orders as an Anglican priest, but, much to the shock of Britain, [...]

A Guide to Dystopian Literature

By |2018-09-25T16:24:25-05:00April 1st, 2015|Categories: Books, Dystopia, Dystopian Literature series by Bradley Birzer, Featured, Social Order|

Preface For almost as long as I have had the privilege of reading, I have read dystopian literature. I started with Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles, but I soon rather quickly devoured Brave New World, Animal Farm, and Nineteen Eighty-Four as well as many of the works of Robert Heinlein, Ursula Le Guin, Arthur [...]

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