Agrarianism

How Neoconservatives Destroyed Southern Conservatism

By |2019-02-14T13:15:31-05:00May 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 [...]

M.E. Bradford’s Revolutionary “A Better Guide Than Reason”

By |2019-04-18T12:22:19-05:00April 30th, 2018|Categories: Agrarianism, American Founding, American Republic, Books, M. E. Bradford, South, Southern Agrarians|

No one who reads and digests A Better Guide Than Reason can fail to be revolutionized. We had thought that the great Southern political tradition—that of Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, John C. Calhoun, and the agrarians—was dead. Not so… A Better Guide Than Reason: Studies in the American Revolution by M.E. Bradford (241 pages, Sherwood Sugden & [...]

Reconsidering William Jennings Bryan

By |2019-05-09T12:01:28-05:00April 19th, 2018|Categories: Agrarianism, Conservatism, History, Populism, South|

William Jennings Bryan was admired because of his willingness to stand up for the common man. Most importantly, Bryan believed in the Jeffersonian system of government and wanted to limit the power of the elite… When William Jennings Bryan died in 1925, H.L. Mencken wrote a scathing eulogy stating: There was something peculiarly fitting [...]

The Revolutionary Conservatism of Jefferson & Small Republics

By |2019-08-08T14:45:05-05:00October 29th, 2017|Categories: Agrarianism, American Founding, American Republic, Community, Featured, Federalism, Thomas Jefferson, Timeless Essays|

Americans have tried the Hamiltonian experiment of centralized government, usury, and gigantism long enough. Surely it is time, somewhere, for the Jeffersonian vision to begin to reappear… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Arthur J. Versluis as he explores the Jeffersonian vision for America and how we [...]

More Freedom Than We Want: The Literature of the American West

By |2019-05-30T11:09:38-05:00June 9th, 2017|Categories: Agrarianism, Literature, M. E. Bradford, South|

The literature of the American West embodies a clear perception of the frailty of corporate freedom and of the importance of men who have learned on their own to face down the barbarian, even though no one backs their play… There are two important corporate myths that shaped the life of eighteenth and nineteenth century [...]

C.S. Lewis and the Great Divide

By |2017-03-08T22:57:17-05:00March 8th, 2017|Categories: Agrarianism, C.S. Lewis, Modernity, South|

In defining the Great Divide as that between Old Western Man and New Western Man, C.S. Lewis has given us a radically new way of looking at the past… Editor’s Note: This essay was originally published in 1994 by Southern Partisan magazine, under the title “Old Western Man: C.S. Lewis and the Old South.”  [...]

The Conservative Reformation

By |2016-10-10T14:45:27-05:00September 16th, 2016|Categories: Agrarianism, Conservatism, Featured, George Nash, Robert Nisbet, Russell Kirk|

Two decades ago, George Nash, in his The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945,[1] told the story of how American conservatism was forged rather uneasily as a political movement from three intellectual groupings: traditionalists, lib­ertarians, and anti-communists. Today on the conventional “Right,” however, we find many libertarians who argue as vigorously against the opponents [...]

Can a Southerner Ever Escape the South?

By |2016-06-11T09:25:39-05:00June 3rd, 2016|Categories: Agrarianism, Conservatism, Featured, History, Modernity, South, Ted McAllister, Wendell Berry|

In October of 1997, I attended the Southern Historical Association’s convention in Atlanta because I wanted to hear Paul Conkin’s presidential address, “Hot, Humid, and Sad.” What I heard was largely a history of the South in which climate and geography shaped a complex skein of human choices. Mostly a dense and almost perversely [...]

M.E. Bradford & the Intoxicated Air of the Modernist Moment

By |2016-06-20T13:29:21-05:00June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Agrarianism, Aristotle, Books, Dante, Featured, Homer, Literature, M. E. Bradford, Marion Montgomery, Plato, South, Southern Agrarians, St. Augustine|

IV M.E. Bradford The principle underlying the Agrarian­-New Critic’s position as literary critic, shared generally in the New Critical move­ment at large, may be simply put: Some poems are better than other poems. He judges them as things existing in them­selves, made by that intellectual crea­ture—man. The problem term, of course, is better, since it commits intellect, [...]

M.E. Bradford: Traditionalist as Rememberer

By |2016-06-11T09:26:54-05:00May 26th, 2016|Categories: Agrarianism, Books, Featured, Language, Literature, M. E. Bradford, Marion Montgomery, South, Southern Agrarians, Tradition|

We spoke of much else besides [our business of the day]: of friends and mentors and the tumors of both—their fortunes and misfortunes, their origins and our own; of illustrative stories, many of them drawn from outside the narrow confines of the academy; of adversaries ancient and modern; of our delight in the progress [...]

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 [...]

Allen Tate and the Agrarian Mission

By |2015-05-08T23:46:47-05:00April 12th, 2015|Categories: Agrarianism, John Randolph of Roanoke, M. E. Bradford|Tags: |

Allen Tate Who Owns America? followed I’ll Take My Stand–which had appeared six years earlier–as a more diverse sequel and defense of decentralization. More importantly, Who Owns America? was explicitly a plea for a recovery of what had been lost: a humane social order. If the Agrarian and Distributist insights contained in [...]