Thomas Jefferson and the Paradox of Slavery

By |2018-04-19T20:32:27-05:00April 17th, 2018|Categories: Aristotle, Freedom, History, Mark Malvasi, Philosophy, Slavery, South, Thomas Jefferson|

The masters of slaves, it turned out, were themselves neither independent nor self-sufficient, but were bound to, and reliant upon, their slaves both for their welfare and their identity. This vague recognition in part accounts for the grim tone that Thomas Jefferson adopted in his analysis of slavery: He had to confront the prospect [...]

Edgar Allan Poe’s Literary War

By |2018-02-09T12:12:33-06:00February 9th, 2018|Categories: Edgar Allan Poe, History, Literature, South|

In his lifetime, Edgar Allan Poe’s renown lay primarily in his reputation as the foremost critic of the day. As a critic, he complained that four or five cliques controlled American literature by controlling the larger portion of the critical journals… Edgar Allan Poe secured a permanent place among world authors as father of [...]

The Elements of Academic Success

By |2019-10-10T11:51:38-05:00February 2nd, 2018|Categories: Books, Civil War, Conservatism, Education, South|

Gene Kizer’s practical advice and his notations of political correctness and anti-Southern bias make The Elements of Academic Success an ideal purchase for any current or potential college student, especially those of a conservative and pro-Southern bent… The Elements of Academic Success by Gene Kizer, Jr. (364 pages, Charleston Athenaeum Press, 2014) I wish I had [...]

The World They Made Together

By |2018-01-12T22:35:09-06:00January 10th, 2018|Categories: Books, Community, History, Slavery, Social Institutions, South, Thomas Jefferson|

Thomas Jefferson knew black people’s daily lives, aptitude and fortitude, their beliefs and courage and human warmth. He was at home with black people whether they were new to Virginia or had been born after several generations in Virginia and were integral within his conjoined families…   The World They Made Together, Black and [...]

The Agrarianism of Richard Weaver: Beginnings & Completions

By |2019-06-17T15:43:45-05:00December 9th, 2017|Categories: Civil Society, Community, Conservatism, Featured, History, M. E. Bradford, Richard Weaver, Southern Agrarians, The Imaginative Conservative|

Richard Weaver claimed his homeland was the “last nonmaterialistic civilization in the western world.” Modernity to him meant at bottom institutionalizing most of the Seven Deadly Sins… Though his worth and stature were early established among them, while yet living Richard M. Weaver was something of a puzzle for his friends within the American [...]

Up From Liberalism

By |2019-09-25T15:58:01-05:00November 13th, 2017|Categories: Conservatism, Culture, Education, Featured, Liberal Learning, Liberalism, Literature, Philosophy, Richard Weaver, Southern Agrarians, The Imaginative Conservative|

Liberalism is the refuge favored by intellectual cowardice, because the essence of the liberal’s position is that he has no position… There is a saying by William Butler Yeats that a man begins to understand the world by studying the cobwebs in his own corner. My experience has brought home to me the wisdom [...]

Wendell Berry on the Environment, the Economy, & the Imagination

By |2017-11-12T22:14:34-06:00November 12th, 2017|Categories: Conservation, Economics, Environmentalism, Hope, Imagination, Religion, Timeless Essays, Wendell Berry|

The power of imagination is to see things whole, to see things clearly, to see things with sanctity, to see things with love… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Alan Cornett as he discusses Wendell Berry’s thoughts on environmentalism and climate change, wealth and the economy, hope [...]

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 [...]

Why Were Confederate Monuments Built?

By |2020-06-08T12:05:10-05:00October 17th, 2017|Categories: Civil War, Culture, History, South|

If racism was not the primary motivation for Confederate monument-building, what exactly was? In the wake of the current controversy over Confederate monuments, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has created a timeline that has made its way around the worldwide web like wildfire. It purports to show that two spikes in the building [...]

A Fire Bell in the Night: The Southern Conservative View

By |2020-06-06T10:18:19-05:00October 11th, 2017|Categories: American Founding, Freedom, M. E. Bradford, Rights, South, The Imaginative Conservative, Thomas Jefferson|

At this time, as perhaps never before, we Americans are as a people well on our way to being forced into belated recognition of the truth behind Mr. Jefferson’s alarm at the Compromise of 1820, our first attempt in employing the engines of national power to regulate and reform our domestic economic and social [...]

The South & the American Iliad

By |2017-09-28T15:22:15-05:00September 26th, 2017|Categories: Civil War, Gleaves Whitney, History, South, Stephen Tonsor series|

Because the Civil War is the American Iliad, it is constantly being refought in the public memory. Much is at stake, for myths make meaning, meaning makes politics, and politics make myths… Jesse Jackson made a remarkable run for the presidency in the early months of 1988—two decades before America would elect its first [...]

Hurricane Harvey: A View from a Rugged Communitarian

By |2017-09-13T18:23:13-05:00September 12th, 2017|Categories: Culture, Economics, South|

The culture of Houston really shines through during events like Hurricane Harvey. Despite what the narrative spinners would have you believe, we are not rugged individualists; we are rugged communitarians... Narratives are not necessarily built on facts; they’re built on stories, pictures, graphics, and videos. Ideally, we want our narratives to be aligned with the [...]

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