The Attack on Memory

By |2020-03-10T10:59:31-05:00June 21st, 2018|Categories: American Republic, Andrew Lytle, Civil Society, Richard Weaver, Robert E. Lee, South|

History is the “remembered past,” remembered according to values and virtues that are the inheritance of a particular people. The story as told gives meaning to the “facts,” and the story must be told to be remembered. “Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will [...]

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 [...]

In Search of the Real Abraham Lincoln

By |2019-10-04T09:35:03-05:00May 17th, 2018|Categories: Abraham Lincoln, Christianity, History, Presidency, South|

For many, Abraham Lincoln became a symbolic Christ, for some, perhaps, more than symbolic. They could scarcely help themselves, the parallels were so striking. He was the savior of the Union, God’s chosen instrument for bringing the millennium to suffering humanity, born in a log cabin (close enough to a stable), son of a carpenter… [...]

How Neoconservatives Destroyed Southern Conservatism

By |2019-02-14T13:15:31-06:00May 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 to [...]

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

By |2020-03-23T15:32:29-05:00April 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 [...]

The Lasting South? A Reconsideration

By |2020-07-19T15:05:18-05:00April 25th, 2018|Categories: Books, Mark Malvasi, Richard Weaver, Social Institutions, South|Tags: |

Ambiguities and contradictions aside, the Southern conservative tradition, by a heroic act of mind, may yet be summoned against the distortions of modernity, and, in particular, against the alluring gnostic supposition, now so prevalent, that men can alter the nature of existence and transmute the substance of being. From the perspective of the twenty-first century, [...]

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 that [...]

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 [...]

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 read [...]

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 White [...]

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 “conservative [...]

Up From Liberalism

By |2021-02-03T16:40:50-06:00November 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 in [...]

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 and [...]

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